Welcome atheists, agnostics, skeptics — you are all welcome here! At Seattle Atheist Church, we call ourselves an atheist church because you will never hear anything supernatural promoted from the podium.

Join us for our Sunday Service each and every week in Seattle.

  • Sermon
    Sunday Service: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
    Sunday May 20 2018 at University Heights Center, Room 209

    Artificial intelligence is advancing rapidly and society's thinking about it is not keeping up with technology.

    What are our responsibilities to machine intelligences we create? What rights, if any, does an artificial intelligence have? What responsibilities do we have in designing AIs? For the good of humanity, the world, and the AIs themselves? Is a sufficiently intelligent artificial intelligence a person or just a tool that acts like a person? If we automate cognitive tasks who is responsible for the outcomes and how can we work to ensure they are logically and ethically justifiable? What kinds of decision making is it sensible to delegate to an algorithm? And how can we judge whether the algorithm is doing a good job?

    Sometimes we are fine with programs doing a job less well than a human as long as they are cheap and fast. When do AIs need to do the job as well as a human or even better than a human to be acceptable substitutes.

    Once artificial intelligences understand us better than we understand them, who is running the program? What should we be doing now to optimize for better futures regarding the relationship between humans and artificial intelligences?

  • Activity
    First Friday Movie Night
    Friday June 1 2018 at Private Apartment Complex Theater in the U District

    The first Friday of the month we get together to watch movies! The movies that are coming up next are Beasts of No Nation (February 2) and Jane (March 2). (Details may change up to 1 week before the show.)

    The movie will be shown in an awesome little theater! There's only room for 12 (plus some floor seating), so it's important to RSVP. First come, first served. Bringing beverages and light snacks to share is completely optional but welcome.

    Please pardon the inconvenience, but because the theater is inside the private apartment building of one of our members, for their safety we don't want to put their details out in public for all the internet to see. If you want to attend, just RSVP, and once the date draws near we'll message you on this app with the address, instructions for how to get into the building, and a phone number to call if you get lost. Please leave a comment here or message us privately with your preferred contact details if you prefer to be contacted some other way besides a message on Meetup. Thanks for your understanding!

    There is free underground parking - the entrance is behind the building. You can enter from the parking lot or the street.

  • Activity
    Second Sunday Board Games
    Sunday June 10 2018 at Wayward Coffeehouse

    A group of us plays board games every second Sunday after church. You don't already need to know how to play to join the fun. Our typical venue (Wayward Coffeehouse) has a few board games that we can borrow, and members often bring their own from home as they like. Feel free to bring something you want to play!

    Wayward Coffeehouse has some food options, all vegetarian or vegan. There are a bunch of other food options within a block if you'd like something else (not sure if they're cool with bringing in outside food).

  • Activity
    Secular Social
    Saturday June 16 2018 at Brouwer's Cafe

    Join us for some good beer, good food, and good company! Bonus: Theo Chocolate Factory is right across the street, and they have free samples in their shop :).

    There's often plenty of street parking near Brouwers.

    Please note that Brouwers is 21+ only.

  • Activity
    First Friday Movie Night
    Friday July 6 2018 at Private Apartment Complex Theater in the U District

    The first Friday of the month we get together to watch movies! The movies that are coming up next are Beasts of No Nation (February 2) and Jane (March 2). (Details may change up to 1 week before the show.)

    The movie will be shown in an awesome little theater! There's only room for 12 (plus some floor seating), so it's important to RSVP. First come, first served. Bringing beverages and light snacks to share is completely optional but welcome.

    Please pardon the inconvenience, but because the theater is inside the private apartment building of one of our members, for their safety we don't want to put their details out in public for all the internet to see. If you want to attend, just RSVP, and once the date draws near we'll message you on this app with the address, instructions for how to get into the building, and a phone number to call if you get lost. Please leave a comment here or message us privately with your preferred contact details if you prefer to be contacted some other way besides a message on Meetup. Thanks for your understanding!

    There is free underground parking - the entrance is behind the building. You can enter from the parking lot or the street.