What we're about

Hello from Sunday Assembly Sydney!

The Sunday Assembly was started in the UK by Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, two comedians who discovered they both wanted to do something that was like church (community (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK7mGE3_Awg), volunteering, reflection, joyous carol concerts!) but without religion so it could be inclusive of all — no matter what they believed.

There are now over 70 assemblies around the world creating inspiring, fun and caring communities, all with a pretty cool motto - Live Better, Help Often and Wonder More! - so welcome to the Sydney one!

To find out more about The Sunday Assembly movement, have a look here (http://www.sundayassembly.com/story).

What can you expect at an assembly?

Assemblies round the world get together for an hour one or two Sundays of every month and sing awesome pop songs (a bit like the Late Late show's carpool karaoke (http://www.today.com/popculture/adele-michelle-obama-7-our-favorite-carpool-karaoke-segments-t101852)), hear inspiring talks (a bit like TED (http://www.ted.com/)), listen to insightful readings, then mingle afterwards and make new friends over tea and cake. Everyone is encouraged to have fun, be nice and join in!

What's happening at Sunday Assembly Sydney?

There's been a few people asking about the next Sunday Assembly Sydney date. Unfortunately as a committee we have put Assemblies on hold for now. It is not because we don't think it has value, because it does. It is not because we don't enjoy it, because we do!

The reason we are putting Assemblies on hold is because there is only so much energy and financial input we can give by ourselves, and Sunday Assembly is more than we can handle with our young families. If anyone else wants to take on the role of committee then we are happy to share our knowledge and know how.

Community members are still arranging regular Sunday Assembly Social events which are less demanding from an organisational perspective. We hope these events keep Sunday Assembly Sydney alive and kicking!

The Philosophy Smoup (small group!) continues, led by Alex and Gavin and some Sunday Assembly Social Smoups are about to kick off. Watch out for them here on Meetup and we hope to see you there! :)

Juliet, Alinta, Jo and James xox

For more info on the Sunday Assembly organisation check out:

Sunday Assembly's website (http://www.sundayassembly.com/)

If you'd like to learn more about Sunday Assembly Sydney visit:

Sunday Assembly Sydney's facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblySydney)

Sunday Assembly London's facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/londonsundayassembly)

Huffington Post hangs out at Yule Rock, Sunday Assembly London, Christmas 2015 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sunday-assembly-christmas_5645ab6be4b0603773488e3a?cps=gravity_2677_-366977333164291408)

Plus where we've been mentioned:

Sydney Morning Herald (http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sanderson-jones-sunday-assembly-is-an-atheists-prayer-come-true-20131124-2y42f.html)

Sydney Morning Herald - Good Weekend (http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/sunday-assembly-a-congregation-without-god-20141128-11w491.html)

ABC news (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-09/church-for-atheists-comes-to-australia/5080996)

Upcoming events (5+)

Philosophy Smoup: which psychological crutches/therapies are good and which bad?

This is a very laid-back, informal meeting with no prior preparation or qualification expected. You can just come and listen if you like, though we'll make sure you are not silent just because others are getting in first. ________________________________ This month's topic is "which psychological crutches/therapies are good and which bad?" I intend this question to inspire discussion about how directing our thoughts—what we focus or meditate on, what we imagine, what we hope for, and in particular what we convince ourselves of—can improve or worsen our state of mind—in other words, how well or otherwise we feel—not just in the short term but into the far future. This means zooming right out—as is the remit of philosophy—and considering all the possible long-term knock-on effects. The psychological self-treatments in question could all be described as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) if that is understood broadly enough. Besides the CBT recognised and prescribed professionally, there's "mindfulness" meditation as well as religiously maintaining beliefs, fending off all counterargument and blocking out all contrary evidence. Is there anything is it better to kid oneself about regardless of whether it's true? If so, what? ________________________________ Here are some possible future topics that you might like to express your interest in (the first three are related): • social elites • hierarchy (pecking order) • tribalism (pack mentality etc.) • pain preceding gain • what is morality and why bother with it? Or suggest something else.

Sunday Assembly Sydney Social

Needs a location

Hey everyone, It's time for another Sunday Assembly Sydney social event! We're keeping it simple and meeting back at The Bank Hotel in the beer garden at the back downstairs for a bite to eat or simply a drink and great convo. We look forward to seeing friends old and new! If you can't find us when you arrive you can post a public comment here. See you soon. :) Jo and Alex

Sunday Assembly Sydney Social

Bank Hotel

Hey everyone, It's time for another Sunday Assembly Sydney social event! We're keeping it simple and meeting back at The Bank Hotel in the beer garden at the back downstairs for a bite to eat or simply a drink and great convo. We look forward to seeing friends old and new! If you can't find us when you arrive you can post a public comment here. See you soon. :) Jo and Alex

Philosophy Smoup: topic TBD

Shakespeare Hotel

This is a very laid-back, informal meeting with no prior preparation or qualification expected. You can just come and listen if you like, though we'll make sure you are not silent just because others are getting in first. ________________________________ This month's topic is TBD – watch this space. ________________________________ Here are some possible future topics that you might like to express your interest in (the first three are related): • social elites • hierarchy (pecking order) • tribalism (pack mentality etc.) • pain preceding gain • what is morality and why bother with it? • what, if anything, is it better to kid oneself about, regardless of whether it's true? Or suggest something else.

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