I've been wanting to get more involved and connected with other people (and while this is to include dating, it's certainly not limited to it), and a friend suggested that I investigate going to church.
This would have been a great suggestion, but I'm an atheist. Actually I'm an antitheist--I believe that belief in a personal god means setting yourself against humanity, and as a human, I find such a posture offensive. (I was raised Catholic.)
I've been to a couple of Unitarian congregations, but it's been clear they're not what I'm looking for--songs about Higher Powers or The Great Beyond, "pastors," and stained-glass windows have been pretty much inescapable, and they've never failed to remind me of being dragged into
The Ministry of Truth
church as a kid. Sometimes I can't even stay through the service, because I get the impression that it's really just the childhood church services I hated so much with the serial numbers filed off.
Where can I go for a broad-based, gender-balanced, age-appropriate (early 30s, male, single, SF Bay Area) community experience without being subjected to god(s)? I've seen this
, but it seems to be more church-tolerant than I am, and I haven't had good luck with my (admittedly scant) experience with service clubs.