What we’re about
Sunday Assembly San Diego is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. Our motto: live better, help often, wonder more.
Join us for our monthly Assembly on the 3rd Sunday of each month, a one hour celebration with some songs and a guest speaker, followed by coffee and snacks. In between Assemblies, we host social gatherings and service projects. You are welcome to join any and all of these events! Sunday Assembly San Diego is part of the international movement of people who want to celebrate the one life we know we have. When traveling, look for other Assemblies in Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Edinburgh, Utrecht, London, etc.
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.
1. Is 100% celebration of life. 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. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs – this is a place that is open and accepting. We welcome all who welcome all.
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.
Towards that end, Sunday Assembly folks tend to be a friendly group of people, However, please do not send messages to members who you haven't yet met. Doing so is grounds for removal from the group. Group members are encouraged to report to the organizing team unsolicited and unwelcome messages so that we can help out.
To contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Secular Winter Solstice Celebration 2023Bankers Hill Club House (also known as San Diego Indoors Sports Club), San Diego, CA
Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket. TICKETING IS NOW CLOSED.
Join us in celebrating Winter Solstice! It's the longest night of the year! (Unless, of course, you celebrate on the second Saturday in December for scheduling reasons. *ahem*) Traditionally, Winter Solstice has been a celebration of light. That's because every night following will be just a bit shorter and every day a bit longer!
Want to share a delightful meal with fun people? Play fun games with delightful people? Enjoy some delightful AND fun entertainment? You can do all of these things on a second Saturday to avoid other major year-end holidays. (Like we said, scheduling reasons!) Please join us for a rich evening of community, fun, and tradition, including a customized version of the program Brighter Than Today: A Secular Solstice.
Tickets are on sale now for $10! Kids under 5 are free! You will need to buy a ticket (SORRY, TICKETING IS NOW CLOSED).
No need to print anything, just check in at the door! Regular $10 ticket sales close on Thursday 12/7 with a limited number of day-of tickets available for $15 at the door.
Please consider buying a pay-it-forward ticket. This will allow us to offer sponsored tickets to members of the community who may not be able to attend otherwise. We would also welcome any end of the year tax deductible donation that you might like to contribute.
This is a family-friendly event. We'll have a separate space with childcare provided with fun activities for the kiddos (though they are welcome to stay and celebrate with us).
What About Masks?
Masks are now optional, but please be boosted, testing before you come is encouraged, and if you have a cough or feel sick, please stay home.
5 pm - Doors and bar open.
5:30 - Dinner
5 - 7:15 - Games, silent auction, and community time
7:15 - 7:50 Solstice program
7:50 - Dessert, games, silent auction, and community time
8:30 - Silent auction bidding closes
8:45 - 9 - Silent auction winners announced
9 - Bar closes
9:30 - Doors close - You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.
The cash bar will open at 5 pm. We'll have a variety of premium non-alcoholic options, a selection of beers and wine, and our traditional and delicious special holiday drink. Canned sodas and bottled water will be available for free.
SILENT AUCTION FUND RAISER - bid high, bid often!
This is a fundraiser to help cover costs of this event as well as future operational costs. Bid high! Bid often!
We are taking donation items for the Silent Auction. Suggested donations include: Gift baskets you make, books and art and music, home decorations, games and puzzles, jewelry, gift cards, gift certificates for experiences, tickets to events, homemade food goods like canned fruit or baked items. One rule of thumb is to make sure it's a gift you'd personally give to a friend or that you'd like to receive from a friend (after all, that is who will be bidding on the items).
Contact Gracie Soden (619) 490-3452 or email@example.com or send the SASD Facebook page a message with your ideas, planned donations, or questions. Silent auction donations can be dropped off ahead of time at two addresses. Contact Gracie for more details about the drop-off locations. Items can also be dropped off at the November Birthday in the Park Celebration on 11/19 or at the venue on the day of the event. For same day drop-offs please try to deliver them early so that the auction items can be arranged and the starting bids determined prior to the 5 pm start time.
Here's the link to our Facebook page, if you want to reach out to us that way.
Your Cheerful Hosts:
Sunday Assembly San Diego
- Game Night - Scattergories on ZoomLink visible for attendees
Scattergories is a super simple and fun word game, and family friendly. The game host will explain the rules at the beginning, so bring a writing implement and paper or cell phone to take notes on.
The Zoom link is at the bottom. Only people who have RSVPd on Meetup will be allowed in due to previous zoom bombing.
Some Zoom pointers:
- It's fantastic if we can see each other's faces, so please participate on camera, even if you sit out a round out to see how it's played or to take a break. This is a game, but also excellent time to hang out and crack jokes. (Non-participants/Zoom bombers may be kicked off.)
- And please, if possible, use earbuds or headphones for your audio instead of your device's built in speakers; it'll cut down on feedback, echo, and extra noise for everyone.
Meeting ID: 858 9994 0049
- Solstice Walk in Balboa ParkSixth Avenue & Spruce Street, San Diego, CA
December 16 is a few days before the winter solstice, and a lovely day for a walk together. Sundown occurs at 4:48 pm on this day, so let's gather at 4 PM for an amble and chat in the glorious long shadows of a magnificent Balboa Park twilight.
This walk is around 3 miles, along an easy route along chair-accessible sidewalks and NOT hiking trails. If it's chilly, please bring whatever accoutrements you need to be warm and comfortable.
We are meeting at the Sixth Avenue Playground in the redwoods at Sixth Ave & Spruce St. This is a 3.1 mile walk which we will endeavor to complete in a mere 90 minutes. See map pin.
If you'd like to come but don't have a way of getting there, please leave a comment below or send us a Meetup message and we will try to get you paired with another attendee for travel.
- Food and Fun with FriendsMona Lisa Italian Deli and Restaurant, San Diego, CA
We are a fun dining group that gathers for good food and conversation at a different restaurant every first Sunday of the month. The hosts are volunteers so there will never be a fee, simply pay for your meal and a 20% tip for the restaurant staff.
Please RSVP ASAP so we can save you a spot. We have limited this to 10 people so we can sit together.
All our events are LGBTQ+ friendly. See you soon!
It is a very short distance from the Little Italy trolley station and has street parking nearby.
I had lasagna here and it was absolutely fantastic, and their prices are very reasonable. Here is the restaurant website and menu.