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Sunday Assembly:Live better, Help often and Wonder more

Celebrating life and bringing community together! I went to the first one in the US last month. It was great! 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.

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.

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.

 

Sunday Assembly NYC

Sunday July 28th at 12:30 p.m.

Tobacco Road 355 W. 41st Street

The Sunday Assembly, New York City’s wildly popular new godless congregation, is making history this weekend by hosting Charles Darwin's great-great grandson at its grandest meeting ever this Sunday July 28th at Tobacco Road in Midtown Manhattan!

This second American Sunday Assembly in NYC is back by popular demand! The Sunday Assembly is part atheist church, part foot-stomping show, and 100% celebration of being alive. 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.

The featured speaker July 28th is Matthew Chapman, who is Charles Darwin’s great-great grandson. Chapman is also a noted screenwriter/director (2011’s “The Ledge”), author of “Trials of the Monkey” and “40 Days and 40 Nights”, and founder of ScienceDebate.org, a national campaign to encourage science debates between presidential candidates. Author of “The Citizen Lobbyist” Amanda Knief will also address the “congregation.” Hosting the event this month is NY Regional Director for American Atheists and co-director of the documentary “Refusing My Religion” Michael Dorian.

Sunday Assembly is about engaging talks within a full-on-fun and “spirited” show. SA’s live house band plays sing-a-longs to rocking tunes everyone knows and loves. And it’s all taking place in a bikini bar near Times Square. The first one last month was a smash hit and received media attention in The NY Daily News, Patheos’ Daylight Atheism, A-News, and Salon, among others. Who knew there were so many nonbelievers (and “godless-curious”) in NYC who wanted to partake of something greater than themselves while growing the secular movement and having a Bloody Mary on a Sunday morning? Has the time indeed come for this community?

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 here in NYC where anything’s possible.

Sunday Assembly NYC will also take part in volunteer activities linked to NY Cares; a cancer fundraiser is planned, as is a day to teach New Yorkers of any age to ride a bicycle, all while injecting as much joy and compassion into the everyday 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 gatherings. In order to meet this demand, an expansion plan called Sunday Assembly Everywhere was created. It has taken off in NYC and there are plans for many more.

Sunday Assembly Everywhere

Sunday Assembly Everywhere is an initiative from The Sunday Assembly that allows 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 allowing local groups to customize the celebration and make it their own

Sunday Assembly NYC Details

Venue Address for 7/28

Tobacco Road

355 W. 41st Street b/w 8th & 9th Ave.’s

Manhattan 10036

Time

Service: 12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Cost

Free

Media Representatives

(In US/New York City)

Meredith Modzelewski

Email: [masked]

or

Michael Dorian

Email: [masked]

Phone:[masked]

(In the UK)

Sanderson Jones

Email: [masked]

Phone:[masked]

Online

Website: www.SundayAssembly.com

Twitter: @SunAssemblyNYC

Facebook: Sunday Assembly NYC

https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyNyc

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  • J.

    I suggest we form our own Sunday assembly where we meet in a brightly lit space and people can actually mingle and positively commune in the spirit of rational secularism as opposed to being preached to by an untalented comic in a dark odorous bar (and being told that I should go on a diet free of comic book heroes...seriously?). The people who attended seem to be nice people but the people I spoke to who were involved in organizing of the assembly seem to be pretty unfriendly. (It's one thing not to be evangelical, it's another thing to be the opposite of evangelical while still try to sort of evangelize).

    3 · July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well said and couldn't agree more. This feedback should go to the Assembly so that this good idea doesn't become another failed program.

      July 29, 2013

    • J.

      My comment above regretably has a little more sharp edge than I what I truly mean. I want to express my apologize to anyone who might be offended by it. 7 in the morning might have been too early. Again, it's a good idea and I did enjoy parts of it, and I'm appreciative of being given the opportunity to check it out. Thanks again.

      July 29, 2013

  • Ellen

    Excellent. I was only able to stay for about a half an hour, but was sorry to have to leave. I hope I will be able to make it next month. It was fun to listen and sing, and the idea has so much promise. Thanks for organizing scott!

    July 28, 2013

  • ScottW

    We have hopes to be doing this once a month or more in future, so if you cannot make it this time, hopefully next time!

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will not be able to make it.

    July 28, 2013

  • Barry C.

    family issues

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great

    July 27, 2013

  • ScottW

    The first Sunday Assembly and this upcoming one on this Sunday are getting a lot of good press. Here is one recent story. FYI, the bikini bar was best location we could find for holding this. While the press likes to make a big fuss about the bikini bar aspect, that is really irrelevant to what to the event, which takes place in the band room in the back.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/darwin-kin-speak-new-york-atheist-church-article-1.1408200

    July 26, 2013

  • ScottW

    Yes Courtney, I think a lot of us have and we are delighted to begin the process of making this a regular event in NYC (and hopefully throughout the country!!!)

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Been looking for something like this.

    July 24, 2013

  • ScottW

    Heidi, We hope to make this a regular occurrence in NYC--so more folks who show up and love it, the more we will have these. FYI, I tend to announce other people's events, I'm not always an organizer of the event. In this case, I do have a small role in helping to organize this one.

    July 23, 2013

  • ScottW

    Will, what I meant and I'm repeating something I hear them say--anyone can attend (it was my wording about beliefs)--it's not limited to atheists/agnostics. A better way to put it--it's not that all beliefs are welcomed, it's that all people are welcomed, regardless of their beliefs. That's what I was trying to say. It's not exclusionary, though it is primary by and for atheists/agnostics. I hope that is clearer?

    July 22, 2013

  • Will L.

    "Godless", but all beliefs are welcom? I am. uh, skeptical.

    July 22, 2013

  • ScottW

    As I mentioned the first one was great, but the room is small, so be sure to get there early--you can socialize.

    July 22, 2013

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