Workshop 19: Atheism and Agnosticism: Not in Temples Made with Hands Part of Building Bridges In This Section Introduction From Building Bridges I am neither Jew nor Gentile, Mahomedan nor Theist; I am but a member of the human family, and would accept of truth by whomsoever offered -- that truth... Workshop-at-a-Glance From Building Bridges Activity Minutes Welcoming and Entering 0 Opening 15 Activity 1: Story — Losing Faith 15 Activity 2: Separation of Church and State 25 Activity 3: Why... Spiritual Preparation From Building Bridges If you identify as atheist or agnostic, this workshop could remind you of times in your life when your faith has put you at odds with others. Many youth... Welcoming and Entering From Building Bridges Materials for Activity Small hand mirrors, enough for all participants to have one Writing materials Newsprint, markers, and tape Preparation for Activi... Opening From Building Bridges Activity time: 15 minutes Materials for Activity Chalice, candle, lighter or LED/battery-operated candle Newsprint, markers, and tape Leader Resource 1,... Activity 1: Story - Losing Faith From Building Bridges Activity time: 15 minutes Materials for Activity Story, "Losing Faith" Preparation for Activity Read the story until you are comfortable presenting it. Activity 2: Separation of Church and State From Building Bridges Activity time: 25 minutes Materials for Activity Currency of different denominations, coins and bills Leader Resource 2, The Lord's Prayer and the Pledg... Activity 3: Why Atheists Go to Church From Building Bridges Activity time: 20 minutes Materials for Activity Handout 1, Why Go to Church?... Activity 4: Fact Sheet From Building Bridges Activity time: 10 minutes Materials for Activity Handout 2, Atheism/Agnosticism Fact Sheet Preparation for Activity Do an internet search for famous... Activity 5: Time Line From Building Bridges Activity time: 3 minutes Materials for Activity Religions Time Line Sticky notes and fine point markers World map or globe (optional) Preparation for... Closing From Building Bridges Activity time: 2 minutes Materials for Activity Poster with closing words Chalice Taking It Home handout Preparation for Activity Reproduce handouts.... Leader Reflection and Planning From Building Bridges Review today's workshop together.... Faith In Action: Finding Faith From Building Bridges Materials for Activity Optional: Video camera Description of Activity Participants gather stories about finding faith. Remind participants of McCarthy's... Alternate Activity 1: Engagement From Building Bridges Activity time: 60 minutes Preparation for Activity Ask your minister for recommendations for one or more guest who are atheist.... Taking It Home From Building Bridges I am neither Jew nor Gentile, Mahomedan nor Theist; I am but a member of the human family, and would accept of truth by whomsoever offered -- that truth... Losing Faith From Building Bridges Mary McCarthy's parents died in the influenza epidemic of 1918 when she was six years old. She lived first with an aunt and uncle, who mistreated her... Handout 1: Why Go to Church? From Building Bridges TOP FIVE REASONS UNCHURCHED PEOPLE CHOOSE A CHURCH 1. Pastor/Preaching 2. Doctrines/Beliefs 3. Friendliness of members 4. Other 5. Someone... Handout 2: Atheism-Agnosticism Fact Sheet From Building Bridges Atheism/Agnosticism Existence/Reemergence: Prehistory/mid 1600s Adherents: 1.1 billion Ranking: Third—behind Christianity (2.1B) and Islam (1.5B)... Leader Resource 1: Atheism-Agnosticism Background From Building Bridges Atheism has been granted protection as a religion under the law for purposes of freedom of religious expression and protection from religious persecution. Leader Resource 2: The Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance From Building Bridges THE LORD'S PRAYER Our Father Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done On earth as it is in Heaven.... Find Out More From Building Bridges Investigating Atheism is a rich website of the University of Cambridge. "What is Atheism" is a useful article on the American Atheists website. Go to... PREVIOUS: Find Out More UP: Building Bridges NEXT: Introduction Download all of Building Bridges (Word) (PDF) to edit or print.