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Hi, this is Scott, one of the co-hosts for New York Philosophy meetings. I wanted to let you know about an upcoming unique, exciting and fun event--celebrating life and bringing community together! I went to the first two. They were great!
Celebrate life! Engaging talks, live music to song along to, drinking Bloody Mary's and mingling with cool fellow New Yorkers. What's not fun about that?
This is the url to find out more about the background and history: http://sundayassembly.com/ The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that meets to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life. It’s a service for anyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more.
Some background: The goal of the Sunday Assembly is to help people live better, help often and wonder more. The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that meets once a month to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life. Each service contains great songs, inspiring talks, interesting readings which, together, refresh the soul and nourish the mind. No matter what the topic discussed it will put a spring in your step (or maybe even two springs), a song in your heart but also find practical ways to help with your to do list. Our mission is to help everyone first discover, and then achieve, their full potential. We celebrate life.
Please note: the room is small so get there early if you want to sit. There might not be enough room for everyone, so again, get there early. Please note: Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of lack of religious beliefs or having religious beliefs, though the vast majority of folks will be atheists/agnostics.
Sunday Assembly NYC
Sunday August 25 at 12:30 p.m.
Tobacco Road 355 W. 41st Street
The Sunday Assembly, New York
City’s wildly popular godless congregation, is breaking new ground in
America’s religious landscape by hosting Harvard’s Humanist Chaplain and NY
Times best-selling author of “Good Without God” Greg M.Epstein Sunday August 25th at Tobacco Road in Midtown Manhattan!
Victor Hugo said: “There’s no stopping an idea whose time has come,” and this might
just be the perfect time for the emergence of a Sunday Assembly, especially in
NYC where anything’s possible. Last month’s event had 140 attendees with people spilling out of the space. And this is all part of a global phenomenon
as other Sunday Assemblies have already taken root in London, Edinburgh,
and Melbourne, with another sprouting this month in Bristol (UK). Other Assemblies are launching in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Washington DC, Nashville, and many
more places across the US.
The Sunday Assembly is part atheist “church”, part foot-stomping show, and 100%
celebration of life. The motto: live better, help often, and wonder more.
Pretty positive stuff for a bunch of nonbelievers, although everyone is
welcome, regardless of one’s religious beliefs or lack thereof.
Greg M. Epstein, the featured speaker August 25th, was ordained as a
Humanist Rabbi in 2005. He also began the Humanist Community Project,
an endeavor to bring together the non-religious under one umbrella group, and
he has blogged for CNN, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. He has also appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, as well as in numerous other major media.
Sunday Assembly NYC’s second speaker is AJ Johnson, former Development Director for American Atheists, and VP and co-founder of Be
Secular, an organization devoted to uniting people of all faiths via the
secular values of equality for all and the importance of church-state
Sunday Assembly is about engaging talks within the framework of a full-on-fun and “spirited” show. SA-NYC’s live house band played De Do Do Do
De Da Da Da by The Police, Elton John’s Bennie & The Jets, Paul Simon’s
Love Me Like A Rock, and the Beatles’ With A Little From My Friends as the
crowd happily sang along to these and other popular rock tunes. And it’s all taking
place in a bikini bar near Times Square.
Sunday Assembly NYC will also take part in volunteer activities linked to NY Cares; a cancer fundraiser is planned for August 27th at Tammany Hall; and they participated in
Summer Streets, at which they taught New Yorkers of all ages to ride bicycles;
and it’s all injected with as much joy and compassion as possible. Why?
Because SA believes that all humans have is the here and now — so why
not make the best of it?
Founded in London in January 2013, The Sunday Assembly picked up global media attention (The Guardian, The New York Times, the BBC, The Australian, Le
Monde, or Der Spiegel), and received hundreds of emails asking for religion-free
Now Comes Sunday Assembly Everywhere
Sunday Assembly Everywhere is an initiative from The Sunday Assembly that encourages local groups to arrange independently organized services. Each
service follows a format that stays true to the spirit and ethos of The Sunday Assembly, while local
groups may customize the celebration to make it their own, in their own parts
of this vast, diverse world.
Assembly NYC Details
Venue Address for 8/25
Tobacco Road 355 W. 41st Street b/w 8th & 9th Ave.’s Manhattan 10036
(Congregants should arrive early to ensure a seat. And SA-NYC will be moving to a
different, larger venue in September.)
12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.
(Sunday Assembly HQ/Worldwide)
(In New York City)
Email: [address removed]
Sunday Assembly NYC