What we're about

Sunday Assembly Atlanta is a life-celebrating congregation without deity, dogma, or doctrine. Our free monthly celebrations feature wonderful speakers, irresistible songs, and inspiring service projects. Our motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential.

Sunday Assembly Atlanta is part of the international movement of people who want to celebrate the one life we know we have. Together, we are Sunday Assembly Everywhere. When traveling, look for other Assemblies in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston, Edinburgh, Oxford and London.

Join our community group on Facebook at SAA Community (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SundayAssemblyAtlanta/) and like our public page: Sunday Assembly Atlanta (https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyAtlanta).

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 as one, 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. What should you expect from a Sunday Assembly event? Just by being with us you should be energized, vitalized, restored, repaired, refreshed and recharged.

No matter what the subject of the Assembly, it will solace worries, provoke kindness and inject a touch of transcendence into the everyday. But life can be tough… It is. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, we have moments of weakness or life just isn’t fair. We want The Sunday Assembly to be a house 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.

Upcoming events (5)

Activist Meet & Greet (ONLINE!)

Virtual

Are you outraged by injustice but don't know what to do? New to activism and/or want to get more involved/connected? Want to support new and current activists/community organizers in solidarity and love? Join our activist meet and greet on Zoom! (download the app and make a profile in advance if possible): Meeting ID: Https://zoom.us/j/5465045337 Password:[masked] These activist meet and greets are meant as informal and semi-structured gathering to support activists to build community. Our relationships are the most important thing - so let's build up our social solidarity together, and get as many people in involved as we can! We also miss each other, right?? We will have an Activist Speed-Friending activity where we're randomly separated into "rooms" with 2 people each. We will also learn more about what it really means to be an activist or someone organizing for change, and meet some of the folks on the front lines doing the work needed to transform society and transition into a better world! This month we're featuring Ting Tran of Outbreak Response Coalition ATL - ORCA and Nabilah for Congress as our guest speakers to help give you concrete examples of how to make a difference! People are finding out about this mostly through word of mouth so please invite anyone you think might be interested in becoming an activist/ community organizer, deepening their activism, or supporting all people to become strong, effective leaders in our movements! We hope to see you there this month and in the future! Power to the People! ~ Disclaimer: We reserve the right to remove people overtly displaying oppressive behaviors. Please review our values: Values: SOCIAL JUSTICE. We work for social and environmental justice and liberation for all. We challenge ourselves and others to transform all forms of oppression, and take steps to address perpetuation of oppression among ourselves and our circles. INTERSECTIONALITY. We recognize our interconnectedness and therefore value intersectional analyses, visions, tactics, and strategies among our various movements. SOLIDARITY. We prioritize the voices of people from communities who have been marginalized, oppressed or exploited, and we support new leadership. DEMOCRACY. We foster democratic culture in our movements and decision making. COMMUNITY. We believe in connecting, nurturing, and building community among new and experienced organizers to promote connections, social justice, and solidarity.

Food4Life - Atlanta Survival Program

Needs a location

Our friends Mikhail and Alicia packed and delivered boxes of food to families in need around Atlanta last week. Let's get Sunday Assembly Atlanta to join in and support our community, as well. They volunteered with the Atlanta Survival Program, and you sign up by filling out the form at "Volunteer" here: https://atlsurvival.org/food/ When you get a response, share your schedule for how you intend to help out! This is the first time SAA is encouraging an in-person event since March, and only for the important purpose of Helping Often in a critical moment. Please look over this post explaining our position: https://sundayassemblyatlanta.org/2020/03/13/covid-19-coronavirus-response/ This volunteer opportunity will likely not be a single event; it's a moment when many of us will sign up to help and set up our own cadence going forward. I actively encourage sharing photos of your volunteering in action for motivation and support!

The NIA Project's Virtual Fundraiser

Online event

Hosted By Dr. Nadine Kaslow via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/95225811361 Meeting ID:[masked] Who We Are: The Nia Project is a program for abused women who become suicidal. It is part of Emory’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is located at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta. What we do: We provide free of charge individual therapy, 20 support and skills groups each week, and programming for African American women who have been abused by their partner. The Need: Domestic violence rates have increased dramatically during the COVID-19 crisis. This is because abused women are confined with their abusers, more isolated from family and friends. They also are less able to get the mental health, legal, and housing services that they need. Our Services: During COVID-19, Nia continues to serve women with daily online support groups and individual therapy using telehealth. We have done our best to provide the women in the Nia Project with essential resources such as sending food and masks to their residence, paying for phone minutes for them so they can get the mental health services and others support that they need, and providing them other resources to help ensure their survival. Your Participation and Contributions: We know that during COVID-19, finances are tight for so many people. So any purchases that you make through our virtual fundraiser auction will help sustain Nia's commitment to empowering and supporting our clients, especially during these uncertain times. All proceeds and contributions go directly to our programmatic efforts at the Nia Project. If you are unable to join us, you're welcome to make a contribution by clicking on "Give Now" on our webpage: http://psychiatry.emory.edu/niaproject/support/index.html ***IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ- If you do not already have a bidding owl account please make a "bidder" bidding owl account for free using this link https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/Bidders/register.cfm?auctionID=0 ***

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation

Virtual

The purpose of this meditation group is to support each other in developing (and continuing!) our own mindfulness meditation practices and, in a more general sense, to actively build community, one of the core features of Sunday Assembly. Even during these times of physical and social distancing because of COVID-19, connecting with one another is essential. Read more about SAA's response to the situation (and why we're emphasizing virtual events) here: https://sundayassemblyatlanta.org/2020/03/13/covid-19-coronavirus-response/ We begin our session by inviting whoever would like to share how they are doing and what they are bringing into meditation. We then each practice 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation, followed by an opportunity for each person to share what they are bringing out of the experience. This is a virtual meeting! Join on your computer here (if needed, the password is "community"): https://zoom.us/j/5665445665?pwd=Q0pGSVl2L2M0WWcrREtaeUUvc3hpUT09 To protect privacy and maintain our attendee limit, only members who have rsvp’d to this Meetup event will be admitted to the Zoom call. So be sure you rsvp! --------- While there are many (too many?!) resources for those who are new to mindfulness meditation, here are a few that folks in our group have noted as having been helpful to them: Two-minute Happify video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqoxYKtEWEc) Sam Harris' book, "Waking Up" especially chapter one (http://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/chapter-one) (provided both as text and as audio) David Nichtern meditation instruction (http://youtu.be/yMz_UagXkFk) If you're concerned about not being able to meditate for 30 minutes, please don't let that stop you! You can meditate as much or as little as you want during the 30 minutes and then just quietly daydream until time is up and we'll never be the wiser. :)

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