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My Own Beach Community?
« on: June 01, 2018, 10:04:50 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.f


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