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Rev Beach Bum

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My Own Beach Community?
« on: June 01, 2018, 01:06:47 PM »
No, dudes, I'm not talking about Malibu.
Over the years I've seen general conversation crop up here and there about what a Dudeist church would look like. Comments ranged from "Churches? We don't need no stinkin' churches, dude!" to probably building a Lebowski themed bar or bowling alley.

Then it usually ends there and the Google thing hasn't churned up any relevant links.
Well, dudes, a few strands started flowing through my head and I started wondering the same thing. Given that we don't have a codified set of beliefs it'd be hard to hold routine masses like they do at Christian churches and Jewish synagogues and temples.

But one of the requirements of a church, under the law, is to have a regular meeting place. But it doesn't say what we have to meet about. These could be biweekly philosophy discussions as long as they are scheduled in advance on a recurring timetable (i.e. Every other Wednesday at 1900 hours).

Since we are ordained and can perform marriage ceremonies we could use the facility for weddings, hold memorial services, and so on.
Now I wouldn't recommend doing funerals if there's a body involved due to very strict regulations about storing them. Too much red tape. But if someone was cremated, or simply celebrating the life of a loved one that passed on years before, that'd be cool.

But when we're not marrying or memorializing, or even holding a regularly scheduled meeting, we could open it up as a community gathering place.
Been out on the beach and need to take a break but don't want to go browsing through a store? Come on in and take a load off. Just no pissing on the rugs, man. I might even offer you a good sarsaparilla if I have any.
Need a place to hold your book club and your house is a wreck? The door's open!

But here's where things might get tricky.

What is the official stance on this from the Church of the Latter-Day Dude? Could I hang a neon sign of the Dudeist fish above the entry? Could I decorate the interior with Dudeist symbolism? Could I call it a Dudeist chapel?

I know that this is dealing with intellectual property and I want to make sure I'm in the clear before going forward with any plans.

After all, the Dude abides, man.

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Re: My Own Beach Community?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2018, 10:03:21 PM »
I moved it to general discussion

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Re: My Own Beach Community?
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2018, 10:35:58 PM »
Actually you don't need an established place of worship, or at least according to the USA Internal Revenue Service. Yes, it's listed, but there's a long list of things needed. They use a combination instead of using it as hard & fast rules.

I've thought about having a little Dudeist shack here. I'd have to ask the big man about that. I figure we'd need a rug to tie the room together, good windows, and... Well, not much fancy stuff. I envision it as a simple little place. Maybe beanbags. A stereo. TV with a DVD player.
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Re: My Own Beach Community?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2018, 12:16:52 PM »
I'd like to know what you know, Masked Dude. You seem to know more about this than I do. Then again I'm what you might call a neophyte in this area.
Or an uneducated dumbass. I'm cool with either.

Specifically, I'm interested in whether or not the CLDD has a group ruling on their 501(c)(3) exemption and allows for the existence of, like, well... branches or denominations of Dudeism.

If they do then most of the work I'd need to do would already be done.

I could raise the money needed online through YouCaring dot com (0% platform fees as opposed to upwards of 6% on GoFundMe) to pay for the building of my chapel.

And it'd be nothing fancy. A small building. About 1500 square feet. Furnish it with some sofas from IKEA to keep costs under control. Down the center aisle instead of "red carpet" I'd use the Dude's rug (found them online for like $25 a piece), and on one wall maybe hang a picture of the Dude smiling with the Dudeist yin yang symbol flanking him. Sort of like an inverted Mickey Mouse symbol. After all I'd like to build this in St. Petersburg, FL. I've got some compeers down that way that say this could be a really popular thing.

I guess I just need to get ahold of the powers that be around this place but I don't know how easy they are to reach.

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Re: My Own Beach Community?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 12:08:34 PM »
That's interesting man, that's fucking interesting.  Keep me posted on how the whole thing shakes out for you.  I've often considered that myself, especially once I started officiating weddings.  It sounds to me like a righteous thing and I'd love to see it come to fruition.
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Re: My Own Beach Community?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2018, 06:42:30 AM »
Who gonna mow the lawn?

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