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
355 W. 41st Street b/w 8th & 9th Ave.’s
Service: 12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.
(In US/New York City)
(In the UK)
Facebook: Sunday Assembly NYC