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NE Sunday Assembly Portland with Karen O'Keefe!

This Event's Details

Speaker Karen O’Keefe began her career as a writer in Dayton, Ohio in 1989. For almost 20 years, Karen wrote freelance articles for newspapers and magazines, as well as writing manuals, marketing materials, online help, and even some speeches in her career. At the same time, Karen taught writing and editing at a University. She was living the American Dream.

In 2008, her life changed dramatically and unexpectedly. At first, it wasn't obvious that the changes were good, but Karen found a silver lining to what most of us would consider a big dark cloud. As a result of this experience, Karen embarked on a year-long journey, which she will tell us about May 11.

Karen now lives here in Portland, Oregon.

Her talk is called “The Road to Happiness.”

About Sunday Assembly Portland

What can you expect from a typical assembly?
The charter for Sunday Assembly Portland includes three main principles: Live better. Help often. Wonder more. Each gathering addresses those principles through singing and live music, fellowship, and an inspirational talk by an engaging guest speaker.

Sunday Assembly Portland, founded in 2014, offers the communal music and fun of a church gathering, but with the deliberate absence of any religious or supernatural content. Citing a strategy of “radical inclusion”, the group seeks to build community that supports all of us to live this one life we know we have to the fullest extent possible.

If you would like to learn more about who we are and what we stand for, please read the Sunday Assembly global charter:
http://portland.sundayassembly.com/index.php/about/

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  • Bernie D.

    FYI, Lucille's excerpt is posted on Youtube now:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCg51bzSG8Q

    I may do one or two more excerpts.

    2 · May 13, 2014

    • Cheryl Ann L.

      Lucille prepared a really good talk that was pertinent to everybody, I enjoyed reviewing it! Thanks, Bernie! I had to plug my computer into speakers to hear it better. Can we do something about that?

      May 14, 2014

  • Dan

    The replacement speaker, while good, based a significant part of her talk on a scene from the movie "I Am" which has been widely criticized by the scientific and skeptic community.

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • Mark N

      :-)

      1 · May 14, 2014

    • Dan

      DUDE!!

      1 · May 14, 2014

  • Cheryl Ann L.

    Just finished up the day with Cosmos, and CNN's Morgan Spurlock investigating Sunday Assembly! Excellent coverage!

    2 · May 11, 2014

  • Will B.

    I had an great time at this assembly, and really enjoyed getting involved. I really enjoyed the speakers today and was able to get something out of all of their talks. It was really great to see everyone, and I really like how the more I show up to these things, there really is more and more of a community each time. Sunday Assembly is awesome!

    3 · May 11, 2014

  • Cheryl Ann L.

    Great Assembly! Good energy in the room. Jennifer is a gifted speaker and delivered a great talk. My son, Cameron, a freethinker, and my best friend Carole, another freethinker, and my family member, Lori, a free spirit, and my beau Jim, all came to celebrate Mother's Day with me! The music was shakin' and we were dancin'! Had a wonderful time, thanks Sunday Assembly Portland!

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Bernie D.

    Big news for the global "Sunday Assembly" movement... the first "synod" being held in London this Saturday:
    "Atheist Sunday Assembly prepares for first 'synod' as expansion continues"
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/29/atheist-sunday-assembly-first-synod .

    Excerpt:
    ""Sunday Assemblies have been kicking off in places we never thought possible," said Sanderson Jones, the comedian who along with musician and actor Pippa Evans dreamed up the project in January last year. "If I open my email box the first email is in Hungarian, discussing Sunday Assembly Budapest, after there is something from Kenya, then the Western Cape, then Richmond, Virginia, then Cincinnati, then Boston." Congregations are also starting in São Paulo, Kuala Lumpur, Grimsby and Aberdeen."

    2 · April 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The charter of the Sunday Assembly says the SA "Has no doctrine", however the Guardian news article referred to by Bernie says that the general assembly of the SA will "... agree on the limits of the new non-church's doctrine." If the SA starts having doctrines, does that mean it will no longer be a Humanistic organization (if it ever was) that encourages its members to have critical thinking, including in matters of philosophy quasi-religion, even pertaining to the SA itself? Does it mean it will eventually start controlling the thinking of its members to a degree like that of liberal theistic Christian churches?

    About a week ago I started wondering if the SA would ending up evolving into such an organization (with the pitfalls [from atheist perspectives] of such), since its charter does not specifically state that it has Humanistic principles. But perhaps its future doctrines will consist (at least partially) of some Humanistic principles.

    1 · April 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Unfortunated the atheist network I mentioned about is not broadcast over the airwaves like regular TV, rather is broadcast over the internet (though part of the internet is wireless).

      May 10, 2014

    • Cheryl Ann L.

      Thanks for the link, Gavin!

      May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Who is Karen O'Keefe?

    April 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be at a Mensa annual event all weekend

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Regarding my prior comment, I notice that the news article also says 'But if the group is to set limits on its own doctrines, doesn't that introduce the question of how it deals with non-religious heresy? "If people want to do things differently we say, good on you," said Jones.'

    April 29, 2014

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