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'Atheist Church' Comes to Nashville--Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- An Atheist Church called Sunday Assembly kicks off in Nashville tonight at 7 pm. The "celebration of life" will take place at The Building, located at 1008 Woodland Street. 

Sunday Assembly says they are a godless congregation that is part atheist-church, part foot-stomping show and 100% celebration of life. 

Founder Sanderson Jones said, " We like to think of it as all the best bits of church, but with no religion and super awesome pop songs"

Jones and fellow comedian Pippa Evans started Sunday assembly in London in January. Now there are more than 600 people in their congregation .

Jones added, "We often say if we did believe on god we definitely think he is on our side."

The event is part of Sunday Assembly's 40 Dates and 40 Nights tour which is happening around the world. The group's goal is to inspire people in the same way traditional churches do, just without including religious figures. People like David Lyle found inspiration to start a church plant here in Nashville.

Lyle said, " I think it's very exciting, super awesome. This has to my knowledge never been done in Nashville."

It is considered to be a "leaderless" format which calls for inclusion from the attendees. The group invites everyone to attend regardless of beliefs and says their aim is to help people live better lives. The group's motto is: Live Better. Help Often. Wonder More.

Nashville resident, Annie Poag said,"I think it's a good thing. That we should have diversity. It's not my belief system, but I think it's what America is based on."

Poag and her husband attend an East Nashville Presbyterian church, but welcome the atheist assembly like many attendees tonight.

Attendee, Debra Dennison said," Atheists get a bad wrap. Most atheists are nice people, but they get a bad wrap."

The group collected food donations for Second Harvest at its launch service tonight. Every service focuses on a theme and tonight was about living better.

Jones explained, " To be in a community to have people on the same journey as you are...we try to help people see the wonder more and deal with tough stuff."

Sunday Assembly Nashville plans to meet once a month on Sundays. The next meeting is set for December 8th, at 11 A.M.

The founders are also in the process of making the group a non-profit, so people can donate tax-free.

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