I guess in a lot of ways churches do part this don't they? Im not religious
churches definitely serve that purpose for some people. im not religious either. i would think a cursory reading of jesuss teachings would do for those who believe in the new testament-- most religions have some kind of counterpart to that. if we were really looking out for each other, if there was a global community around that, i dont think this would be as much of a problem.
which isnt to say people would never commit suicide, but thats not what the thread was about. i meant that it would remove the societal reasons to suicide-- people would still do it for other reasons.
the unitarian universalist church seems like a mostly non-denominational, only semi-religious church (they have atheists groups and everything.)
in theory, i really like what theyre doing. in practice, they seem just as superficial and hypocritical (and vain and insincere) as their christian counterparts, except they dont care if you believe in god or not, and they dont care if youre pagan or hindu or muslim. which seems like a step in the right direction, but ive gone to quite a few and it feels very contrived and political.
i know people hate christian hypocrisy-- ive learned to look past that towards people who are sincerely making the effort to be better people (i dont mean every christian, but i am totally fine with those that are sincere and have some humility) and ive met one or two people at the uu who are sincere, but its mostly lip service.
i dont think church is the answer-- but for those who find solace in it and offer the same to others, im genuinely happy for them. i usually dont judge individuals by organisation or association, but i do judge organisations themselves.
but i do think there should be more efforts towards this. as with the uu, some will be sincere and thoughtful and others will be vapid and shallow. as someone who is neither christian nor religious, i felt more welcome and befriended by the ucc (a christian church that split off from the uu) than the unitarian universalists. they know im not christian but they made me feel welcome anyway, because thats just the sort of people i met there. so maybe thats something to look at for inspiration.
of course im thinking of secular organisations as a solution, but this is in response to your comment about churches. a lot of them seem to care more about converting people than how to treat people, and i find it difficult to sympathise with that.