Is Pastafarianism a Religion?

Pastafarianism, also known as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is a relatively recent “faux” religion that appears to mock many of the traditional characteristics of established religions.  But is it actually a “real” religion after all?  Is it a cult?  Is it a joke?  Who gets to decide and how?  Come hear the unusual story of Pastafarianism.

Kirk Newport was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but raised in California. After college at San Francisco State University, he served 3 years in the United States Army, followed by careers in hospital clinical laboratories and teaching clinical lab science at Del Mar College. He has been a member of U2C3 since 1996. During that time he has been a 2 time Board member, choir member and longtime church grounds worker. He is an amateur cellist and enjoys most outdoor activities. Kirk has one daughter, three step-sons and multiple grandchildren. Originally raised within the Methodist Church, Kirk is a Buddhist.