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.

Our code of conduct is here: https://sundayassemblyatlanta.org/conduct

Upcoming events (4+)

Coffee Talk - Virtual

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Hop on Zoom to chat with us! There's also at least one in-person coffee talk event each month, too.

Connection with others is essential, so whether you're new to our community or like the company of longtime folks in Sunday Assembly, you are welcome for open, casual conversation. Get to know us, and we'd love to get to know you!

The optional topic we can dip into is: Where have you lived or visited that made a unique impact on you?

This is also a great place to learn about Sunday Assembly if you're curious about our activities, values, history, and people. Ask away!

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SAA Presents: The Cost We Pay

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Which is better — paper or plastic? The answer might surprise you.

This month, Sunday Assembly member and professional geologist Lea Millet will talk about Life Cycle Analysis, the process used to evaluate the full environmental impact of the products we use from manufacture to disposal: "cradle to grave."

As we work toward a sustainable future, it's important to consider the full ramifications of the choices we make to bring about a greener world. What is the cost to our planet and society, and how do we know what the best decisions are?

Assemblies

Alongside our main speaker, assemblies are lively events with thoughtful musings on the theme, live music from our band, members sharing their experiences, and interaction with fellow assemblers! The assembly lasts around 75 minutes.

Our meetings are currently both in-person and online for those who wish to join us via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85691739198?pwd=U2xONnpxTlEzZDlIdm5hM2duaVFrQT09

Assemblies, and the events around them, are open to the public and free to attend!

After the assembly, around 7:00 PM, we'll have informal social time where you can catch up or get to know folks in the community and discuss the theme.

Accommodations and Location

We'll be meeting at First Existentialist Congregation at 470 Candler Park Drive. Parking is plentiful along the street. The venue is wheelchair accessible via a ramp and has a bathroom in the foyer.

What's Sunday Assembly?

The Sunday Assembly is a life-celebrating congregation without deity, dogma, or doctrine. Our motto: Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More. Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Read more info about us on our website: sundayassemblyatlanta.org/about/

Stay in Touch!

Meetup is the best place to see all of our events, but we're all over the interwebs. If you've got questions, comments, or want to stay informed, we've got all our links on our contact page: sundayassemblyatlanta.org/contact

We'll see you at this upcoming assembly!

Walking Mindfulness Meditation

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We will begin assembling at 430pm, and start meditation at 440 pm. I invite you to join me in a walking meditation. I plan on walking at a nearby Park, you can walk and chat afterwards as always. Remember to practice physical distancing and wear masks when appropriate.

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 normally practice a 30-minute meditation, but in our early sessions, we'll go shorter to encourage newcomers. These sessions are bookended by lively discussion of our meditation experiences and topics like self, existence, nature of intimacy, relationships, and many other things.

To protect privacy and maintain our attendee limit, only members who have rsvp’d to this Meetup event will be included So be sure you rsvp!

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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. :)

Assembly Planning Meeting

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Planning our monthly assemblies and small group events is collaborative and takes many hands! Organizers and volunteers get together to decide on a theme for the assembly and begin to put together all the pieces.

If you're interested in helping out in a big or small way, this is a great place to start. No expertise required; SAA exists because of volunteers growing and learning new things.

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