Speaker: Ryan Guenther

An Atheist Prayer

Humanity is hurtling toward a multifaceted apocalypse, which we as individuals may feel powerless to stop. If ever there was a time to pray, it is now. Yes, even atheists.

Ryan Guenther started attending the First Unitarian Church of Victoria at age 10, and he’s sung in the choir, edited the newsletter, managed the website, and is currently serving as a Sunday Service Associate and on the Board at North Shore Unitarian Church in Vancouver.  He is an award-winning comedian and has appeared in the Just For Laughs Northwest Comedy Festival and Comedy Waste Festival. He has toured a five-star show to fringe festivals across North America and was runner-up for Best Comedy at the Victoria Fringe.

The Selfish Act of Giving

Charity and volunteering are almost always framed as altruistic actions, with all the focus on how someone else will benefit from our good deed. In fact, we often feel guilty about deriving pleasure from something which is supposed to be selfless. This is completely backwards, doing good should feel good because it’s good, and it’s okay to admit it. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, but a stairway to heaven can be built from selfish acts.

Ryan Guenther is a former corporate drone, current standup comedian and future author. He grew up in a log cabin and walked a mile through the woods every day to a little red schoolhouse, an upbringing which is both unique and utterly cliché. He has been involved with Unitarian churches since age 10 and is now a member of North Shore Unitarian Church. He has been nominated for a standup comedy award and toured a five-star fringe show to festivals across North America. He is trustworthy and kind to animals.

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