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Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley #5 - Making Friends With The End

Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley #5: Making Friends With the End

April 13th, 11:00am, San Jose Women's Club

Hosted by Richard Treitel and Rick Thomas, our next Assembly will be deep (about 6 feet deep.)

Jeremy Adam Smith from the Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley will speak about “How Death Can Help You Make Friends and Influence People.” The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Jeremy has written four books, including The Compassionate Instinct and The Daddy Shift, and was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford. 

We'll also hear some interesting words from Erica Goss, Los Gatos Poet Laureate.

We will sing some of the great songs you find yourself crooning in the shower or bopping along with on the car radio.

Children’s activities will be provided for the younger members of the congregation.

There will be tea and cookies, and time to chat. 

What there won’t be is any reference to deities or dogma. Everyone is welcome.

So, don’t fear the reaper! Come and join us in an entertaining and enlightening Sunday morning.


For more information about Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley:

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Follow us on Twitter: @SunAssembly_SV

Parking Information: Disabled parking on-site.  For all others: parking is at the SJSU garage, entrance on San Fernando at 10th St. (cost is $5), or for free in the neighborhood (most streets are unrestricted on Sundays, but please be careful to read the parking hours signs).

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  • Richard T.

    I was hoping to give a little address of my own, but time was tight, so I told some people I'd post it instead. Its at and I welcome comments, preferably on the blog so this thread stays quiet and so people can feel free to be frank.

    April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is an article by Carl Sagan's daughter on how he explained the End to her:

    April 24, 2014

  • CAROL J.

    each one just keeps getting better. ALL of the speakers great as well as music. really good!!

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Gordon S.

    Best one yet. Great speaker, excellent music, very moving 'doing my best' talk. Great service!

    2 · April 14, 2014

  • Rachel M.

    Thank you to everyone who put this on. It was great.

    2 · April 13, 2014

  • Gillian C.

    Beautiful day and the music was super!

    2 · April 13, 2014

  • marilyn

    I'm just settling down to read Erica Goss's book of poetry

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Lynda S.

    I can help with parking. I'm also the SJWC event monitor, so if I'm needed for anything else during that hour, I will need a backup helper I can call on to fill in with parking duties.

    April 10, 2014

  • Gillian C.

    Dear faithful crew,

    I need two things for this Sunday’s assembly:

    Balloons - I need a volunteer to buy 6 light green helium balloons with weights attached and bring them to the assembly on Sunday morning by 10:30 AM. I will bring a large sharpie so we can label them. These balloons will be used in the tea room as focal points for people to group around after the service.

    Parking - Parking wil also be limited this month, due to the event scheduled directly after ours. We need a volunteer to help out front from 10:00 until 11:00, directing traffic and making sure our speakers park in their assigned spaces.

    Please let me know what you can do to help.


    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Lisa H.

    NEW THIS MONTH: Join your SASV organizing team and all your other fun-loving SA members for lunch, drinks or whatever strikes your lovely fancy Right after Assembly and a short coffee/tea time, we are making our way over to the fabulous patio at the San Pedro Square Market, in Downtown San Jose. There you can buy whatever food and/or drink you like (it's kid-friendly too!) Hope y'all can join us....Let's party like it's Sunday afternoon!

    2 · April 9, 2014

  • lindsey

    If you're in the habit (or would like to be) of bring baked goodies to share and you're not on my baking volunteer email list, please drop me a line! It helps with planning and finances to have a realistic count of expected goods. :)

    April 2, 2014

    • lindsey

      That sounds good too. :). Can you please email me how many servings you think you could bring?

      April 7, 2014

    • Krystal

      shoot for 48

      April 8, 2014

  • Lynda S.

    Hi Lindsey, I will be bringing something. I'm thinking of chocolate covered strawberries. About 30 if things go well.

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Sami H.

    Hi Lindsey - I can bring some banana bread. Makes 12 big slices so 24 normal sized pieces.

    April 7, 2014

  • Krystal

    How long does this sort of event usually last?

    April 7, 2014

    • Gillian C.

      It runs one hour from 11- noon. We have cookies, coffee and tea after until 1:00.

      April 7, 2014

    • Gillian C.

      Hope to see you there, Krystal!

      April 7, 2014

  • Lisa H.

    Thanks for the kind words, Ming. Hope to see you back on April 13th!

    March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had to visit the last meeting for 30min to see firsthand & get a sense. This is a very wholesome group with just the right philosophy & attitude to fill the gaping need for a social get together in a format that has been fine-tuned to perfection by theists for thousands of years. I never could understand before why atheists need a "church"; but now I do. Like anything else, atheism span the spectrum from a reasoned conclusion of no god to a belief in no god - by way of education or peer environment. But the bottom line is that it has got to be a good thing. Hope this movement blossoms!

    1 · March 17, 2014

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