What we're about

Sunday Assembly Nashville is a secular community that celebrates life.

Join us for our monthly Assembly with a great live band, a TED Talk-like guest speaker, and a member sharing a story from their life. We meet on the second Sunday of every month, at 10:30 am. We also host many other home meetups, social events, and a service project monthly.

Sunday Assembly Nashville is part of the international movement of people who want to celebrate the one life we know we have. It all started in London in January 2013. When traveling, look for other Assemblies in Atlanta, Knoxville, Los Angeles, San Diego, Detroit, and many more.

We are here for everyone who wants to:

* Live Better. We aim to provide inspiring, thought-provoking and practical ideas that help people to live the lives they want to lead and be the people they want to be;

*Help Often. Assemblies are communities of action building lives of purpose, encouraging us all to help anyone who needs it to support each other;

* Wonder More. Hearing talks, singing together, listening to readings and even playing games helps us to connect with each other and the awesome world we live in.

The Sunday Assembly

1. Is 100% celebration of life. We are born from nothing and go to nothing. Let’s enjoy it together.

2. Has no doctrine. We have no set texts so we can make use of wisdom from all sources.

3. Has no deity. We don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do.

4. Is radically inclusive. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs – this is a place of love that is open and accepting.

5. Is free to attend, not-for-profit and volunteer run. We ask for donations to cover our costs and support our community work.

6. Has a community mission. Through our Action Heroes (you!), we will be a force for good.

7. Is independent. We do not accept sponsorship or promote outside businesses, organizations or services.

8. Is here to stay. With your involvement, The Sunday Assembly will make the world a better place.

9. We won’t tell you how to live, but will try to help you do it as well as you can.

10. And remember point 1…

The Sunday Assembly is a celebration of the one life we know we have. We want Sunday Assembly to be a place of love and compassion, where, no matter what your situation, you are welcomed, accepted and loved. Most of all, have fun, be nice and join in.

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Shape our monthly show/event! Sunday Assembly WoMo Committee

Nicole & Theresa's House

Wonder More Committee plans all the spoken word parts of Sunday Assembly's one-of-a-kind monthly secular service or show or event or lalapalooza. Please join us. We'll start with a run-through of the reading and trying-my-best segments for the upcoming Sunday. Next we'll talk over names of people that might be invited to be future speakers and plan themes, nominate hosts to emcee for us and do everything else that makes this amazing event fun and educational every month. Nicole D. is our committee chair. Message any host of this meetup if you have questions or concerns.

Tea and Books at the Cooks

Cook's House

Our September book is Madness: a Bipolar life by Marya Hornbacher. Ms. Hornbacher is our speaker for Sept Assembly. About the book: An astonishing dispatch from inside the belly of bipolar disorder, reflecting major new insights When Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, she did not yet have the piece of shattering knowledge that would finally make sense of the chaos of her life. At age twenty-four, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disorder. In Madness, in her trademark wry and utterly self-revealing voice, Hornbacher tells her new story. Through scenes of astonishing visceral and emotional power, she takes us inside her own desperate attempts to counteract violently careening mood swings by self-starvation, substance abuse, numbing sex, and self-mutilation. How Hornbacher fights her way up from a madness that all but destroys her, and what it is like to live in a difficult and sometimes beautiful life and marriage -- where bipolar always beckons -- is at the center of this brave and heart-stopping memoir. Madness delivers the revelation that Hornbacher is not alone: millions of people in America today are struggling with a variety of disorders that may disguise their bipolar disease. And Hornbacher's fiercely self-aware portrait of her own bipolar as early as age four will powerfully change, too, the current debate on whether bipolar in children actually exists. Ten years after Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, this storm of a memoir will revolutionize our understanding of bipolar disorder. If you get through the book or not come and chat for a bit. Bring snacks if you so desire. I'm not really sure what I'll make just yet. Let us know if you have any allergies. I do have a dog.

Big Questions Book Club

419 Belle Pointe Dr

Due to scheduling conflicts, we had to move September's meeting to October 2, which is great news because it gives you more time to read this month's book, Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich. A life-long atheist, Ehrenreich wrestles with what many would interpret as a mystical experience and what it means in the grand scheme of things. We'll be meeting at Andrea's house. Bring a snack or beverage to share if you like. Parking is available on the street.

Bonfire!

Long Hunter State Park

Please join us for our annual bonfire! This year, it’s extra special because we will be joined by attendees from Reassembly, the international Sunday Assembly conference being held in Nashville. As usual, we are meeting at group camping site #1, which is through the gates just past the ranger station. Once you are through the gates, the group camp site is immediately on the left. SAN will provide hot dogs (both meat and vegan), s’mores makings, and bottles of water as well as plates, etc. If you can bring a side dish, it would be appreciated. :)

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Quarterly Board Meeting

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