Southwest Louisiana Group Community Mission Chapel Hosts Secular Service

Photo Credit: KPLC TV

Community Mission Chapel, a group made up of atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and humanists in South Louisiana, hosted their monthly chapel service, a church-like event featuring music and short speeches--or sermons if you like--Sunday.

Community Mission Chapel, or CMC is hosted by Jerry DeWitt, a former Pentecostal pastor who deconverted to atheism after decades in the ministry. DeWitt wrote about his experiences in his book Hope After Faith, (find out more about it HERE). 

As you might expect, a group of non-religious folks holding service that has the feel of a church service has attracted some side eyes.

 "We've definitely received ridicule for being in this part of the country, it's kind of a given," DeWitt told KPLC. "In most people's minds, this territory belongs to certain types of religion."

Check out it KPLC's report below (and peep that handsome fellow with the dreadlocks and eyeglasses sitting in the third row:) Yes I went to yesterday's service, and while my first thought upon hearing about CMC was "Wait a minute, I thought one of the upsides of being an infidel was I didn't have to go to church," I enjoyed myself, and agree with the group's mission to build a secular community, especially in the south.

KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana