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the world has done nothing. it will do nothing, as vladimir well knew. he wins again. like it or not, religion and a belief in god is deeply woven into the fabric of this country. >> one nation, under god. >> this country was built by chris chan people who believe that the word of god -- >> but how important is religion to modern life? is it really still relevant? >> the church gives hope and we believe it's the only real hope on the planet. >> if we don't necessarily believe in god, where does that leave us? >> i don't gont to church, what am i missing. >> what are you missing? >> yeah. >> life. >> so help me god. >> there is only one god and his name is jesus.
♪ this week i'm in nashville, tennessee, the buckle of the bible belt. around here it's hard to turn a koch corner without stumbling on some church or house of worship. but the landscape of religion in america is changing. people are turning away from religion in unprecedented numbers >> i'm part of bun of the largest groups of religion in country. the religious unaffiliated one in three under the age of 30 are unaffiliated. i grew up in a moderately religious house hold but as i got older and met more people around the planet, i started to change my views a bit. the one thing i know is i don't know. i see myself being agnostic more than anything else.
the thing that i feel that i miss out of that is just an added sense of community. within organized religion there is a tremendous value in community. people who are parts of communities, you live longer, you're healthier and happier. i'm wondering if i can find a spiritual community where i belong. i may have found a solution. in nashville, there's a new church on the hosh rye zon, a godless community called the sunday assembly. >> it's all of the benefits of church with no religion and awesome pop songs. >> it's made up of atheists and agnostics like me and seems to do what church does, just leaving out the god part. >> if you leave here and feeling better about life, then that would be great. >> it was started in england but has been picking up steam in the u.s., even here in the heart of the bible belt. i'm on my way to meet sanderson
jones, one of the cofounders. he's here to check on the nashville chapter which has grown to 100 members since its inception. >> this is the home of sunday asemibring nashville? >> obviously we expected this to happen when it started it this year. we're like oh yeah in a few months i would be coming to nashville. >> what made you want to start sunday assembly? >> it's something i've been thinking about along time but you don't really tell people you've got an idea to start a new church, particularly if you've got this beard. >> sanderson, a comedian by trade, never guessed the atest group they started in london would grow so fast. >> when this church, on the first day, 200 people turned up. there were people in the aisles we had to open up this balcony. and then next month 300 people started turning up and people
started writing to us. >> and now here it is. >> here it is. we didn't realize we were stepping into this massive need. >> is it an atheist church? what is the idea of sunday assembly. >> a goodless community that celebrates life. humans gather together to celebrate their values. and as people started less and less getting involved in religion, well you're still human, you've still got to have community. did you used to go to church in. >> my whole dhiel hood. >> what type? >> it was methodist, big intimidating, stain glassed windows. here's all tf terrible things that are going to happen to you, you're going to hell. >> you need less of this. >> that's the thing. we don't come at it like going you're wrong, you're wrong. this is about life. >> a celebration. >> it's a celebration. >> life should be a celebration. >> yeah. >> who's the pastor, who runs the whole thing in. >> we've got the host who does all of the, almost like an mc,
make sure it keeps on moving along. if we've gone on this idea, you know, like pretty much most near anyone can get up and do a really good job. i mean i reckon that, i reckon that you could do it. >> that i could do it? >> yeah, i reckon you could do it 1010%. >> i guess when sanderson says anyone can lead a service, he means it. i would absolutely do it. >> put it there. >> why not give it a shot. how hard can it be. >> the most important thing is at the start get everyone clapping then we get everyone standing up and then everyone is like hey, i'm standing up and clapping. i must be having a good time. there's the first thing, to help organize it, help choose some songs. also, you've got to have a little work on your message. >> okay. maybe this is a big responsibility. >> let's go and meet the
organizers of the nashville chapter. >> cool. >> sunday assembly doesn't have a real church to gather in but they've got the next best thing, a bar. >> this is morgan. >> i'm not reinventing the wheel here. i'm sure they can help me get on the right path. sanderson talked me into hosting on sunday. >> i think that would be awesome. how do you feel about that? >> i'm excited about it. guf me om advice. what do i need to know. >> it's good to know who's doing what then. you've got to keep the thing moving. you're going to sing with us, right? >> i sure am. >> always keep smiling. >> a lot of this. you've got to be come on. >> think about this way, you are the closest thing to pastor we're going to get. >> no pressure. >> what made you guys want to do it? why did you say yes, we can do that in nashville? >> i'm a gay man, i'm married. in other cities gay people have
moved away from the church. the south is so religious that, you know, gay people have a harder time just completely just backing off. it's such a part of your life when you grow up in the south. it's a part of who you are from birth. what happened to you? did you grow up going to church. >> absolutely. >> once you lose it you don't have that connection to people that you once did. so ultimately when the assembly came in, it was like, here it is, this is what i'm looking for. it fills that gap. >> it's a good thing. it gets people together, you know, in the community thing focused on something bigger than the individual. that attracts a lot of people. >> one thing to think about as a host is that each assembly, each service has a theme. >> okay. >> so that means we need a theme. >> what is your theme? >> the theme is going to come from your talk. >> i just got hired.
i don't know. >> you just got hired. okay. >> man scaping. could do a lit work on man scaping. >> sunday assembly sounds great but what did i just get myself into? there's a lot more involved with leading a service than i thought. i have to pick a theme, write a sermon and above all create a meaningful experience. but after all of these years of being out of the religion game whereby where do i begin. 90% of the people here in tennessee are affiliated. maybe the best play to start is the church. ♪ >> let's sing it from the top. ♪ lord you are good, your mercy endurette forever ♪ ♪ people from every nation >> mount zion baptist church is
one of the oldest churches in the nashville and it's driven that the bible is the truth word of god. >> today i want to talk about a unique topic today. depression. i want you to know from the pulpit to the back pew everybody is trouble. the devil wants to take advantage of this moment of weakness, right? the moment you find yourself struggling with hope, the devil comes in and he's going to attack you whenever your armor is not on. do you know what the armor of god is? have on the helmet of salvation. you have the head cover, the breast place of righteousness, have your loins girded with truth. you understand what's going on. my heart covers what i allow in my spirit. but my head has got to be covered so i don't allow things to come in and take what god has spoken in my life.
you can less around and let the negative in and you let the evil in and it will start mezing with your head and before long there will be a thin line between the voice of god and schizophrenia. >> that's good. >> i got to admit, bishop walker sure can preach. like in all of the years i went to church growing up, never did a minister talk about depression, you know. >> the church loses a lot of people because we don't deal with vel vant issues. real issues. >> you can't have an 8-track mission in an ipod generation. you've got to bring it up to date, be positive for change. people are hungry for something but they're not hungry for what has been. >> yeah. ♪ ♪ deliverance ♪ deliverance
♪ deliverance ♪ my god is awesome >> i want you to look at somebody and tell them you're awesome too. come on, tell them, you're awesome. a lot of fine people. put your arms around them. spread some love. >> well, that was an incredible experience. we see the bishop up there engaging people with so much humor and passion and talking to them about real-life things that affect thm. and as i'm thinking about the gospel of morgan, it continue to remind me of stuff i need to focus on, things we can believe in, things we can all connect to and to remind people ou awesome they are. you're awesome. thanks for watching. you're awesome. you're so awesome. (mother vo) when i was pregnant
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i'm in snash vil, tennessee and i have just agreed to host the upcoming service for sunday assemb assembly. i still have a lot to do, but we've got to get the word out. sundy assembly does it all. >> sanderson and i have our flyers. we're going to talk to the streets, talk to the peeps, give them on flyers and hopefully drum up some excitement. at least that's the plan. >> let's set minds on fire. ♪ >> we'll give you a flyer for this coming sunday. don't know what you're doing. >> held love. >> actually i'm flying home to charlotte. >> then you're going to miss an incredible day. >> two services on sunday. >> we're just here for the weekend. >> it's going to be greet. you're going to love it. >> okay. we're off to a shaky start.
>> there are going to be dozens of people here. >> we've got this thing called a sunday assembly. >> it's a nonreligious ceremony where people come together and celebrate life. it's a wonderful day of singing, having a great time. all of the best bits of church with without the religion. >> hey, how are you. we'd like to insight you to the sun assembly. basically, it's church for people who don't have a church. >> awesome sings, great talks. >> people are wondering what's going on. what is going oun outside of our building. it is an assembly of people that come in and celebrate life. >> all of the best things of church with none of the religious bit and great pop songs. >> you guys should come to this on sunday. it's going to be great. you know what goes great with pancakes? >> what. >> sun assembly. it's a rippling effect, it's a buzz. service at 10:00 and 12:00.
>> are you guys going to be there? we'll be there. >> give me a high five. nice. >> spreading the word about my service is a good start but what exactly does it take to sell religion in this day and age. i have an idea about where i can find out. hey, guys. >> hey. >> nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you. >> if anyone knows thou spread their gospel, it's these guys. elder bishop and elder bishop are behind the latter day saints. >> it's one of the fastest growing religions around. >> how long have you been on your mission so far. >> a year and a half. >> how many months left in. >> about seven to work. we love it. >> what am i going to be doing today? >> we're going to do some door to door talking, see if anyone is interested in the message we share. >> give me an exam.
. i'm at the door. you guys knock on the door. >> knock, knock, knock. >> hello. >> how are you doing. we're missionaries for the church of jesus christ of latter day saints. >> slam. >> people say no. we don't want to force anything on them. we're here toll. people and bring them closer to their savior, jesus christ. >> let's get to work. there were more than 80,000 mormon missionaries around the world, engaged in humanitarianism. >> what are some of the strangest experiences you've had knocking on doors. >> i had a gun pulled on me once. >> did you really? >> yeah. it was pretty neat. >> did he say i don't want to hear anything, get off of my property. >> a little more colorful words but that's basically what he said. >> we asked if h e wanted a pamphlet. >> did he take a pamphlet?
>> no. >> but he was a nice guy. >> that's what i would say to a guy who's holding a pistol at the door. i would say you're a nice man. i hope we don't run into anything like that today but at the same time, i know i i don't love being bothered at home. >> try to doorbell. >> there we go. maybe not home. >> okay. >> so far we're striking out. >> hello. >> hello. >> hey. we're here to talk to you about the church of latter day saints. have you got a minute? >> no. >> just take one second. >> sorry. >> just be real quick. okay so we're 0 for 2 but maybe we'll have better luck with this next house, or maybe not. >> how are you sir? >> hi, how are you doing?
>> i'm elder bishop. nice to meet you. is that a cross. >> yeah. >> you must be pretty religious then if you have a christ. >> not really. >> we're wondering if maybe we can come inside and share a quick message with you. >> yeah, why not. >> cool beans. thank you. are you familiar with jesus christ. >> yes. >> one of this things we believe he did when he was resurrected is he came and visited the people in america right here. >> oh okay. >> and the book of mormon is a record of jesus christ and his ministry in america. >> there you go. >> is there a musical stage play about the mormons? >> yeah, there is. there is. it wasn't mormoned that created it but it is about mormons. >> is it okay if we take your information. >> yeah. >> possibly follow up with you at some point. >> yeah. >> take care of yourself. >> pleasure meeting you. now that we broke the ice,
hopefully we can keep it up. >> how is it going. >> i know about your church. i had friends that were involved in your congregation. >> do dwou do around church around here? >> i haven't been in a while. i'm always working on sunday nights. we just started attending our local church. >> how do you like that? >> it's wonderful. >> the book of mormon, is it all right if we give you one? >> sure. >> would you be interested in us coming by sometimes? >> if you want to come by sometimes, that will be fine. >> enjoy the rest of your pizza. >> take care. >> that was success. >> preaching their gospel isn't the only way that the missionaries try to reach people. they also offer up selfless service to anyone who needs it in their mission area. >> i would like as much as you can to drag it out down to my burn pile. >> wow. holy cow. >> yeah. it's going to take a little bit.
>> need to hit the gym a little more. >> i can't remember the last time i went and helped somebody do something. i don't even help my friends with things. they know know tot call me when they're moving. it was one of those where i said i'm not going to call you to help me move, don't call me to help you move. these boys are putting me to work >> it's what we do. >> they put out nothing but positive energy and i think that really comes back to them. for me i want to embrace this idea of doing good, of helping others. >> y'all did a good job. >> of being nice and putting that out there. helped out a neighbor. pretty good day. yup. all five of you for $175. our clients need a lot of attention. there's unlimited talk and text. we're working deals all day. you get 10 gigabytes of data to share. what about expansion potential? add a line anytime for 15 bucks a month. low dues... great terms...
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after years of being out of the religion game, i've joined with a godless congregation called the sunday assembly and it's probably about time that i get down to business and start working on that sermon. ♪ >> it's my early morning bed head. this is when, this is when my brain is best to focus on things like this. whenever i write anything, you know, i usually start with a free flow of ideas and then out of that i'll start to write what i think is my end message, friends, family, faith, fellowship, support, love, hope, helping one another, giving back, shared believes, a home, that's getting a window to my
brain. my brain starts here and then it kind of, you know, explodes out into an actual idea. but i still feel like i have a thing or two to learn before my big day. the most poplar churches today are doing churches very differently than the ones i used to go to. i'm talking about mega churches >> you are created in his image with a destiny to fulfill. >> congregations with more than 2,000 people a week. >> this is cornerstone mega church in nashville, tennessee. this looks like nothing like any church i used to go. it looks almost like a concert hall. let's see what it's all about. >> morning. >> good morning cornerstone. are you guys ready to worship? let me hear you. are you ready to worship? ♪
♪ ♪ >> like other evangelical churches, cornerstone is on a mission to win souls for jesus christ and to keep its people on a righteous path and for the last 22 years cornerstone church has plult plied under the pastor. >> we're going to read from the bible which is always where we develop our belief system, we develop our culture, we develop our faith and as long as i'm your pastor, that's not ever going to change. so chill out, child of god. then the lord god said it's not good for the man to be alone. >> amen. >> some of you aren't sure. that's why we're working on families right now. and the lord god fashion into a woman a woman with the rib he had take frn the man.
for this reason the man shall be joined to his wife and they shall become one flesh. god's original family. the purpose of marriage is mutual satisfaction as well as reproduction. god said you shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female. it's an abomination. you don't get to make up your own walk with god. when we have a society that 80% of the people say they believe in god and a majority of americans say they're christians but they vote for people who they are putting in office who attack the very truths that built the greatest nation on the face of the earth because our traditional american values came from the bible. when you vote for somebody who wants to change the definition of marriage, for somebody who wants to promote homosexuality
as the same as traditional marriage, you have a problem in your walk with god, you have a problem in your biblical understanding. we've got to stop that and get back to the bible. [ applause ] >> you know after seeing the sermon, some of the messages, especially being somebody who has a lot of friends and family who are homosexuals, it's, you know, it's hard to belief that it's only one way and that's part of the problem that i have with religion in general. >> pastor davis seems to have some pretty strong opinions about the types of people that will get into heaven. but he's not only the pastor of this mega church, he's also a convicted murderer. so where does this leave him? >> at age 58 in the middle of a crime i committed a murder and went to the dallas county jail
and was all messed up, i was a drug addict, they were going to lock me up for the rest of my life. >> has god forgiven you? >> absolutely. >> how do you know? >> his word says so. had i not had that moment, they would have electrocuted me or put me in prison or the rest of my life. >> that one moment changed your life? >> yes. >> i told the church not too long ago i don't deserve to pastor this church. i don't deserve the life i have. everything i have is because of god's grace. being born again means that god writes your name down on the lamb's book of life. when you get to heaven and your name is not in the book, you don't get in. >> what about gonedy? >> i don't know, i don't know ghandi. >> are there any homosexuals in your congregation? >> yeah.
>> you're telling them you're going the hell but they keep coming back? >> they know i love them. >> we probably have about 30 people that are either practicing or struggle with homosexual. >> probably more than that. >> we love them all nnchs a world where we live and people continue to talk about the separation of church and state, is the pulpit the place to talk about these issues? >> the word religion when they founded our constitution, it meant the different religions within christianity. >> so you believe freedom of religion in america doesn't apply to other religions? >> i think we do. i disagree with the other religions but i believe in the freedom to practice because god gay them the freedom of choice as long as they don't fly planes and kill people of stuff of that nature. >> maybe not the most tolerant views for pastor davis but then
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roots here in the bible belt. and perhaps unsurprisingly it's not always to be an unbeliever in god country. so to help each other feel unisolated, the sunday assembly has created a small group, a chance to bond and find strength in numbers >> you either believe in god o or you believe in nothing. there's so many other religious, so people who don't believe the same thing as you are nothing in that gets me fired up. >> yeah. >> i'm in the military. nowadays you're more open to be out there and say i'm gay. but if you go out there and tell somebody you're an atheist. why are we the last people in the closet too afraid to say something. but at the end of the day there's a fundamental difference. they're going to afghanistan and praising jesus and i'm checking my body armor an making sure it works. you know? >> i was rised a door knocking bible thumping person.
but it was always in the back of my head what about? but you don't question, you don't ask because it's a matter of faith. i kind of stepped back and you are suddenly free. and just valuing what i've missed out on all these years. it's amazing. i have a painting i picked up and it's of the universe of planets and stars and i have this on my dining room wall because it's just wonderful, wonderful what is out there. we don't need god. we don't need religion. we just need to know that we are here for each other. and that's what it's all about. >> for me, i'm a real believer in what connects people and whatever that may be, you know, the force or whatever, makes us all be connected as people. i live a life of love. i live a life of empathy and i believe in giving back and helping people. and i find that i get more out of that than i ever did out of
going to church. >> i think the challenge for me, it's more on the, well, do i got to do this all by myself? what's cool is there are a lot of similar type stories in this room and i think you'll find anytime the assembly as a whole too. i think there's a whole lot of people that are looking for something like this. >> you know, to hear all of these people who have like religious coming out storying, people are coming out and just saying, here's what happened to me, here's how my life changed. as you're trying to find their place here in nashville, i think things like this are really important. it's a good start for them. see what happens. >> but vi to wonder, what will it take to get to a point where everyone is accepted regardless of their personal believes? ♪ maybe we can learn something from another group here in
nashville. muslims make up less than 1% of the population in tennessee but you wouldn't know it from looking at the head lyons. >> tonight, threats star geting the new islamic center in rutherford county. >> everybody knows who is trying to kill us. and it's like we can't say it. >> it wasn't baptists and catholics that put bombs in the bottom of the world trade center. >> the goal of islam is to rule the world. it is not a religion. ♪ >> people fear change, communities look different. people who sound and look like me are here. folks have a lot of misconceptions and stereotypes of people who look and sound like me. >> what are the biggest stereotypes? >> that that time a terrorist, that don't speak english. my favorite one is your dad and your husband force you to wear
your scarf. one, i'm not married and two, my dad will tell you firsthand, i'm probably the last person he can tell really do this, do that. >> what drove you to start to want covering again? >> six years ago i lost my youngest brother in a car accident. >> sorry. >> and that really just kind of changed how i viewed life. it was my faith that help me through it. and i felt the self esteem and the empowerment that i've gotten for myself is really why i have continued to keep it on. >> she sprang to action in 2011 to battle a bill that was introduced at the state level. >> a lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would stop terrorists attacked. >> in effect, the bill without have you lawed being a muslim in tennessee. >> it's an atak on religious
freedom. >> tell me what happened around the anti-so rrhea law. >> what eventually pass was a replica of a 2006 anti-terrorism bill which we all can support. i think the elected officials who brought it didn't realize they were going to wake up our community. my community has never organized like they did then. >> she's remained vigilant ever since and is now a staple in the halls of the capitol. >> i like the looks that you get when we walk through. >> i know. welcome to my life. they probably think, what is she up to again. that is definitely on their mind. >> what is she spinning today. >> yeah. >> today, we're lobbying against an education bill. >> house bill 1129 that's going to be on the calendar next week. >> it would limit the teaching of minorities in the curriculum. >> do we not teach for the civil rights era that paved the way for me to be here lobbying.
>> i oppose the bill. i don't think there is necessary legislation. >> it kind of starts in the local community for them to say hey, this is not good enough. this does not represent who we are. >> we don't want to have children go through their classes and only have text books that talk about a certain segment of our population. >> can we count on your support? >> 110%. >> thank you. nice job. he killed it. >> for many elected officials, they haven't interacted with a muslim. once they sit down with me, they're like, okay, they're not different from us. >> right. >> the lady right there with the gray afro. >> the one sitting in the booth. >> she was instrument tall in bringing the bill. >> i'm wondering if she's leaving if i can grab her in the hallway. >> good luck. >> excuse me, i'm morgan
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it's almost game day when i will lead a service for the sunday day assembly, the godless congregation that's been brewing around the world and here in nashville. i've been thinking about the values i want to include in my service. truthfully, this reminds me of one thing, home. so i've decided that will be the theme of my sunday assembly. home. now that i've gotten my theme figured out, it's time to meet with the team from sunday assembly and nail down the rest of my service. we're opening with a song, right? >> owning with two songs. >> that's when i welcome everybody to sunday assembly. >> yeah. >> who is going to introduce morgan. >> he's just going to step right
in. >> he's going to come out, smoke machine, boom, stage drops through. >> i come flying in on a rope. after, so after notices then it's my address. do i neat to work on that. >> hammer that out. >> i got to hammer that out. then at that point we'll transition into what, the reading? >> the more you can break up talking with some music, the more it will feel like it's --ment a show. >> snappy and quick. >> is "living on a prayer" going to be first? >> close. it's "it's my life". >> bon jovi. you had it right. >> there was a lot of energy, people were singing, they were involved and engaged in it. we're going to do that again. >> sunday assembly doesn't have gospel hymns or religious music to bond over but they have the next best thing, pop songs. >> then we'll go into this high
energy version of "we didn't start the fire". >> great nap's good. >> an an excellent '80s version of "lean on me". >> it's good if you can be at the front doing some clapping and bad, bad dancing. >> oh yeah. >> yeah. >> last song and that it's. thank you guys for coming. good night. thank you nashville. >> it is going to be so much fun. >> it's going to be great. >> do you know what numbers we've got on the acceptances? >> dozens. >> dozens? what is the maximum capacity of that space? >> 95. >> 95? we need to nail the social media. it would be good if you were able to facebook and tweet it. >> yeah, we can tweet it out. >> we've got a busy couple of days. >> you can feel it. crunch time is on. we've got a lot to get done in a tiny bit of time. i'm starting to feel the pressure. there's in time to waste.
first stop, the tennesseean to promote our service. >> do you think that aisism can be isolated? >> particularly here i feel like i'm a gay guy from san francisco going hey, guys what's the big deal, just be out and proud. >> next stop, volunteering with the sunday assembly to spread some good will and maybe kree unit more folk to the service. >> we're doing great. >> i didn't know that nashville had an atheist commune. >> yeah. u you should come. >> and lastly -- >> ♪ >> -- band practice. >> all right. so 8:00 a.m. we'll get set up. [ bell tolling ]. >> so this is it? this is the big day. sunday assembly happening in
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thing. >> how are you, morgan. good to see you gh it's time to host my service for sunday assembly. >> plenty of room right down many the front, sir. right in the front row. people are showing up. it's a good sign that people are actually coming. >> hi there. lovely to meet you. >> it's about two minutes to showtime. trying to get everything together in the last minute, making my last minute notes. this is my brain feeder right here. it's going to work out great. >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the sunday assembly. [ applause ] >> one, two, three, four. ♪ it's my life, now or never ♪ i ain't going to live forever ♪ ♪ it's my life >> let's hear it. >> nice job, everybody. >> so now i want to talk about home. that's what this weak is all about. for me, as i said, i grow up in
west virginia. that's home to me. i picture a little pale langy me in west virginia which is not much different than tall, pale lange ki me. one of the first thing that came out f it for me is safety. home is a place you know where those are my peeps, they got my back. i was the youngest of three ballet dancing brothers in west virginia. which if you're wondering, is not the cool thing to do in west virginia. but my parents gave me the courage, they said yeah, go do this thank you love to do. we love that. you go do that. we'll be behind you while everybody laughs and makes fun of you but you go do that. when i think of home i think of my dad who worked so much and was never there. i never saw him quit. i saw my father constantly being dedicated to providing for my
family. i think of my mom, this idea that if you have the ability to help someone, you have an obligation to help them. but now my model of home has changed because now i have a little boy. and i work so much and i travel and he looks at me and he goes, daddy, all you do is leave. and it kills you as a father to hear that. all i can hope is that he sees in me the things that were instilled in me by my father that i'm working to provide for him, to give him the opportunities and the moments of inspiration, of hope, of passion they was so lucky to get from my parents. so as i said to you guys who are here today who have been searching for something, i say this is your new home. this is a place for you to feel incredibly safe subpoena to take your believes, to be able to share them with other people. but mostly it's a place for you to instill in yourself and others the same inspiration we want ourn children to have, that there is a way for a better world and we can get there together. to all of you i say, welcome
home. [ applause ] >> are we ready to get -- ♪ >> what's become really evident in the last eight days that we spent in nashville is religion is incredibly relevant in america. it's important in people's lives. but the things that resonates with me is what people seem to value more than anything is the sense of community that they get from belonging to these types of organizations. and i think it doesn't matter if you're a baptist, doesn't matter if you're a muslim or an atheist or agnostic, we should all have the opportunity and ability to belong to something that truly fulfills or lives. ♪ i heard about the sunday assembly in new york, there was a group of devout atheists that were upset that it wasn't deas devout atheist as they wanted.
>> that is great. >> not atheist enough. >> there's some who think that the way we don't believe in god is not the right way to not believe in god. it's so brilliant. mexico is a country where every day people fight to live. all too often, they lose that battle. a magnificent, heartbreakingly beautiful country, the music and food, and a uniquely mexican, darkly funny, deeply felt world view.