“Many Community of Good members have come to see their lives and values as estranged from the dogma of the religious organizations in which they were raised. In a state heavily populated by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that often means estrangement from family and friend groups who are both religiously and culturally Mormon. Events like this, organizers said, help them know they aren’t alone.

“When people leave the LDS church, or go through a faith transition of any kind, there’s always kind of an anger phase,” Hudman said. “I think that it’s healthy for people to go through that, but once they come down from that, they’ve really lost a community. They’ve lost a lot of things, and they want to find somebody who understands. This community is providing a space for people who don’t want to feel angry anymore. They want to feel that sense of love and community and happiness again.”

A secular community dedicated to social interaction, intellectual exploration and humanitarian service, the Community of Good hopes to build a sense of community outside of religious affiliation.

“We want to make a safe, comfortable environment for people where they can just connect as humans,” said Kimberly Nelson, one of the group’s founding members.”

Read the full article by Katherine Taylor about one of the MSiP Groups: Community of Good here.