An atheist finds wisdom in prayer, even if it is a practice often undergirded by indefensible beliefs.
In order to let an idea change you, you have to be willing to let go of certain previous ways of thinking. You have to step into a frightening unknown.
Congregations of atheists may be the new, beneficial alternative to organized religion.
Religions may be declining in their ability to provide altruistically motivated, communally organized support, but we have few other models to work with.