Sunday Assembly Launch n' Lunch

UPDATE!!!!! 

The Sunday Assembly in Cleveland is ready to go! We have an action-packed hour for you, including an amazing speaker, a live band, and multiple presentations. Afterwards, please join us for a Social Lunch at Gran Fiesta, 18737 Royalton Rd (across the parking lot).

Ohio is one of 60 locations around the world that is participating in the launch of Sunday Assembly. Our very own Mark T. and Gordon O. will be the musical entertainment, and our beloved Mano Singham (the sultan of secularism) will be the speaker! We might also have a presentation by one of our members...  

Sunday Assembly was founded in London in 2013 by Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, two comedians who celebrate life. 

Sunday Assembly is described as:

"A godless congregation that celebrates life. Our motto is: live better, help often, wonder more. Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Our vision: a Sunday Assembly in every town, city or village that wants one."

Layla Nelson, Eric Tawney (CFT member), and others have helped form the Cleveland chapter. 

Please join us! There will be a social lunch afterwards at Gran Fiesta, 18737 Royalton Road (across the parking lot).

Coupons HERE!!!

Meetup page;                                        http://www.meetup.com/Sunday-Assembly-Cleveland

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/sundayassemblycleveland

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  • Eric T.

    I want to express my gratitude for all of your support and contributions! You all made the Sunday Assembly Big Launch a success beyond our expectations! We had a great turnout and such an exciting event. Thanks to everyone at Freethinkers for supporting us and I look forward to more great events!

    Eric

    3 · October 12

  • Dale

    Was enjoyable. I always enjoy hearing Dr. Singham speak. And the music was wonderful. Where do you find such enormous talent? :-) I joined CFT for the social experience and I love all the other innumerable things to be had from it. This Sunday Assembly is good as another meetup, but seems a bit redundant as a separate device(?). I might return if there is a good speaker or performer.

    2 · October 6

  • Sue B.

    I'm slow in responding, but I really, really loved this past Sunday Assembly experience. Mano's talk was awesome! The positive focus on the 3 parts of the motto helped me. Having only recently switched from conservative Christian to agnostic or at least skeptical, I wondered how atheists/agnostics deal with death being the end and no afterlife. Mano's talk gave me food for thought, although I still feel a sense of loss. But I loved his remark that we don't lose the send of wonder at nature, the universe, etc. when we give up religion. I'm also excited about the charitable thing---Edwin's sounds like a great cause to support. I also appreciated the emphasis on the positive rather than dis-ing other groups or beliefs. And the music was great! I had been fearing that it'd be like a certain Unitarian church I visited once with old dead songs, and instead it was awesome and alive! Thanks to everybody for all the hard work that must have gone into this!

    4 · October 3

  • Mark T.

    Mano alerted that the Guardian story is already up, front page! Love it :) :) :) http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/sep/29/atheist-church-america-cleveland-sunday-assembly

    1 · September 29

  • Mark T.

    So I must admit that in the past I was slightly cynical about freethinkers having a function that at all resembled anything even remotely like a religious Sunday service. Now, all I have to say is I LOVE this! Well done, Layla, Eric and the rest of the Sunday Assembly crew. 93 people in attendance at the first Cleveland event!

    6 · September 28

    • Mark T.

      ...And Mano was a joy to listen to, as always!

      4 · September 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not happy. In my view, this is turning science into a religion, because open discussion was not allowed at the event and questions were not taken. There was no room for debate or skepticism. Furthermore, by filming the event, an outside viewer is left with the impression that those in attendance subscribe to a doctrine, when many, including me, had no idea what was going to be said beforehand or what the event would be like. This is not what free-thought is about.

    September 28

    • Kat B.

      Yes, this was more of a crossover event planned by the Sunday Assembly organizers. Cleveland Freethinkers (CFT) often cross-posts events of interest to CFTers to get the word out. CFT itself plans a variety of events throughout the year to appeal to our over 900 members, which included everyone from hardcore atheists to people questioning their faith. While after experiencing the Sunday Assembly, it may not have been the type of event you personally were interested in or agreed with, I know it did appeal to other CFTers. I would highly suggest you check out our Roundtables, where discussion of the topic at hand is in abundance. As Freethinkers, we do not speak in one absolute voice, so CFT strives to have a variety of events (and cross-post others) to appeal to many.

      3 · September 28

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nina - By doctrine, I mean whatever the speaker believes to be true. In reality, live better, help often, wonder more..., can mean different things to different people. If they didn't have time for open discussion, then the event should have been like a TED Talk, not focusing the camera on the audience, who might not necessarily endorse the views of the speaker. sdfs

      September 28

  • Sam S.

    Loved it

    3 · September 28

  • Rosalie

    Inspiring, wonderful, uplifting, great! (But the music/sound hurt my ears. . . too loud.

    1 · September 28

  • Alida t.

    that was great, enjoyed the karaoke

    2 · September 28

  • Marni T.

    This was awesome. It was great to see everyone, enjoy fabulous music by two talented musicians, hear great presentations, and enjoy a terrific uplifting event! This was a light-hearted, yet thought-provoking and hopefully motivating event. Thanks to Eric, Layla, Rian and everyone for organizing it. Wow, 93 people total! Great job!

    5 · September 28

  • Isabella

    I thought the experience was awesome! I will definitely be joining everyone again. I thought the speaker was lovely and if at all possible I will be joining you all at Edwin's!

    4 · September 28

  • Nita

    More fun than I ever had in a church! Dr Singham's message was meaningful and to the point, and so were the songs by Mark and Gordon. They really lit up the room with their music.

    5 · September 28

  • Eric T.

    Parking for Sunday Assembly will be available in 3 different lots. There are about 30 spots in the Old Town Hall lot which surrounds the building and overflow parking is in the Grand Fiesta restaurant and CVS lots. We have permission to use these spaces too! So, bring your friends and family, we've got room!

    Looking forward to a most AMAZING event!

    3 · September 27

  • Morgan

    Do we need to register through EventBrite as well? Or just RSVP here?

    September 26

    • Eric T.

      Morgan, we're so glad you're coming. No need to RSVP at EventBrite, we have your info from here. It's gonna be Amazing!

      1 · September 26

    • Morgan

      I won't be there this month, but thanks for organizing this!

      September 27

  • Eric T.

    Just 2 more days until the Big Launch! We are so Pumped Up!! For those of you who registered on EventBrite, don't worry about getting or printing tickets. We have your RSVP from there and know you're coming. It'll be like seeing old friends!

    1 · September 26

    • Eric T.

      There are no tickets needed. We have the RSVP's from this site as well as a couple others. Welcome and join the fun!

      September 26

    • Marni T.

      Will CVS allow people to park in their lot?

      September 27

  • Tim C.

    Cannot make it. In toledo for wedding. Won't be able to get back in time. Enjoy!

    September 25

  • Marni T.

    They're having lunch afterwards at Gran Fiesta.

    2 · August 23

    • Lisa M.

      http://donramon-granf...­ maybe a few would like to use a coupon, but not sure they will except with such a big crowd, worth asking though.

      1 · September 24

    • Marni T.

      Thanks, Lisa! The coupon link is also in the body of the meetup description :)

      1 · September 25

  • Isabella

    I probably won't be able to get to lunch, but I am definitely going to try to get to the service! I am very excited to meet some like-minded people.

    2 · September 24

  • Suzy W.

    Count me in for lunch.

    1 · September 24

  • Josiah S.

    I hope I can make it out. It's a bit of a drive for me, and I only have a motorcycle.

    1 · September 21

    • Lisa M.

      Josiah, maybe post to carpool, we have a few Akron area members attending! Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday. :)

      2 · September 24

  • Eric T.

    Thank you all for taking time out of your busy lives to come and visit for an hour. We will learn how to Live Better, Help Often and Wonder More, not to mention learning to live to our full potential!

    What better way to navigate this world than with some like-minded, amazing people!

    3 · September 21

  • Nita

    Not really keen on the whole Sunday Assembly idea, but I can't pass up a chance to hear the speaker and musicians.

    3 · September 14

    • Marni T.

      And hopefully you'll be joining us for lunch afterwards, too :)

      1 · September 15

    • Suzy W.

      I am just happy to know there will be a large room full of "nonbelievers!"­ The music, speakers, laughter will be nice bonuses for me.

      2 · September 15

  • Dale

    That's a definite maybe.

    September 2

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    Sounds great - too bad we can't make it.

    August 18

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