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from: Brett Colburn
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Hi I am a member of the Lakota East Spark and I am writing a piece about agnostic beliefs. I couldn't help but notice your church and its unique practices and I would like to ask a couple of questions about it.
- What/Who started this church and why?
- What is the goal of this church?
- How many people are in your congregation currently?
- Is there a pastor/preacher for the congregation?
- How long has this church been in session?
If you could answer my questions and send them to me I would greatly appreciate it.
The Patriarch replies:
I think the answers to most of your questions can be found on the site by looking around, but let's put a summary together:
1. What/Who started this church and why?
I, John Tyrrell, started this church. It was originally a single page tongue-in-cheek summary of my own views of religion as part of a personal web site. Because a number of other people found the views I espoused were theirs too, the church grew.
2. What is the goal of this church?
The official aim is: To disseminate the concept of Apathetic Agnosticism as widely as possible.
Beyond that, our goals are to promote agnosticism in general, to let agnostics know that there are other agnostics out there with similar views and they are not alone, and finally, keeping the the web site going keeps a retired old man out of trouble.
Unlike other churches, we do not have a financial goal. We do not ask for donations.
3. How many people are in your congregation currently?
Membership figures are not tracked. I don't even track page views. A reasonable guestimate would be over ten thousand worldwide.
4. Is there a pastor/preacher for the congregation?
Overall, that's me. In addition, several thousand have been ordained through the church who are authorized to conduct agnostic and secular ceremonies. In the USA, our clergy are authorized to conduct legal marriages exactly the same as clergy of other religious organizations.
5. How long has this church been in session?
The church has been active online since 1995. The website is probably the largest and the longest-lived major agnostic website.