Day 287: Church

I’m an atheist. Not one of the asshole kinds; I’m fine with religion. Some people believe there’s a central organizing intelligence behind the universe. Some people don’t. Either one’s fine as long as you’re not being a jerk about it.

But I was raised religious, and in the context of this project, I’m seeing a lot of value in church. Church as setting aside a dedicated amount of time every week to focus on both yourself, and on community.

So my wife and I are going to start trying “church” on Sundays. This will be our dedicated time to plan our week. Food, primarily. But also to look at our social calendar and see what we can do to connect with our community.

There’s some obvious advantages over traditional church. No travel. No offering plate. No awkward conversations with people you don’t like but are forced into contact with.

But these are kind of features as well as bugs with church. Travel gets you time to get your head in it. Being somewhere else that’s not home means no distractions. Giving money regularly requires financial self-management. And I think that maybe we should spend more time face to face with people we don’t like. The Internet has really eroded social behaviour by making it easy to retreat into echo chambers.

So I’m going to do this, and then pitch that maybe we leave the house and go for coffee or something to do this thing every week. Treat it a little more like church and a little less like another thing we do around the house.

Anyway, I’m excited to try it. I’m messing around with OneNote as an organizer, which seems like it’ll lend itself well to this process. I’m interested to see where it goes.