A Christian Atheist, Ascension Day post on the democratisation of heaven—a religious and secular interpretation

Dürer - Ascension of Christ
In connection with Ascension Day a few years ago I gave the following Christian atheist address: “Tribunus plebis from first to last” — an Ascension Sunday meditation on the democratisation of Heaven

Naturally, it was initially directed to the audience who attend the Memorial Cambridge Unitarian Church in Cambridge (UK) where I am the minister. However, in my addresses I always try to pick up on themes and subjects that have genuine relevance in the wider, secular world and so, in this sense, a lot of what I say is also (hopefully) directed to a secular audience and this is why it seems not inappropriate to post it again here on the strange day itself.