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Sunday Assembly NYC

Sunday Assembly is a god-free congregation that meets to hear inspiring talks, sing songs and celebrate the wonder of life with humor and spirit.

WHERE: NYSEC Ceremonial Hall, FOURTH FLOOR

WHEN: Sunday, April 6 @ 2 PM GET THERE EARLY, last month it was SRO! first come first served

WHAT: An hour that combines engaging speakers and toe tapping songs. WHAT ELSE: Socializing, coffee and cookies after the event

The Theme is New Beginnings!

Your host is AJ Johnson

Guest Speakers:

BABA BRINKMAN

Baba Brinkman is an award winning Canadian rap artist, playwright, and former tree-planter who worked in the Rocky Mountains every summer for over ten years, personally planting more than one million trees. He is also a scholar with a Masters in Medieval and Renaissance English Literature. His thesis drew parallels between the worlds of hip-hop music and literary poetry. After graduating in 2003, Baba began his career as a rap troubadour.

To date Baba has written or co-written four hip-hop theatre shows, all of which have toured the world and played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off-Broadway. Baba is also the founder of indie label Lit Fuse Records, which represents The Boom Booms, Smoky Tiger, and Mud Sun, as well as his own music. Baba has recorded and released ten solo hip-hop albums since 2004.

The Rap Guide to Evolution and The Canterbury Tales Remixed both recently played extended off-Broadway runs at the Soho Playhouse. The Rap Guide to Evolution won the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award in Edinburgh and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in New York. Baba also has appearances at several regional TED conferences and a guest performance on The Rachel Maddow Show. For his efforts to improve the public understanding of evolution, he won the NCSE’s Friend of Darwin Award in 2013.

When he is not on tour, Baba resides in New York city. http://www.bababrinkman.com/

DON ALBERT

"Recalibrating: How Cult Survivors Start All Over (and what we can learn from them)"

Don Albert is a singer-songwriter from NYC who spent twenty years as an active member of - and recruiter for - The Watchtower organization (a.k.a Jehovah's Witnesses), a religious group that practices total shunning of all dissenters. 

Having seen at close range the destruction of families by means of this practice, Don became active in the online "ex-jw" community, a great part of which is dedicated to supporting those who have recently been cut off from their families by means of organizes shunning. These online groups include both believers and non-believers, many of whom have learned to get along and look out for each other as each faces the test of starting a new life. Although comfortable calling himself an atheist, Don remains fascinated by the power and beauty of personal religious experience and seeks to help bridge the "language gap" between believers, atheists, and those who prefer to keep the matter private.

Don is currently a test-prep specialist and owner of 2400.org, an SAT tutoring company in New York City. He also teaches guitar and is the Musical Director for The Godless Revival.

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  • barbara

    I put a yes for the meet up on 4/6/14 but it is really a maybe. is this okay?

    April 5, 2014

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