The Public Charter

The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that celebrates life. Our motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Our vision: a godless congregation in every town, city and village that wants one.

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, organisations 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 energised, vitalised, 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.

128 Comments

  1. Gloria in Excelsis Nulli: An Atheist ‘Church’ in London » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog
    January 7, 2013

    [...] wondering what a profane liturgy might look like, the Sunday Assembly has posted an outline on its website: The Order of [...]

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    [...] Here is their liturgy from the Sunday Assembly’s website: [...]

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    January 9, 2013

    [...] Here is their liturgy from the Sunday Assembly’s website: [...]

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  4. Atheist church
    January 11, 2013

    [...] that some people like church as long as God is left out of it.Here is their liturgy from the Sunday Assembly’s website:Welcome / noticesSongGuest speakerSongReadingFinal AddressSongThese are very low church atheists.  [...]

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  5. L’église athée de Londres | NotreEglise Point Com
    February 14, 2013

    [...] sont inquiets de voir se transformer une initiative athée en religion. Par exemple, ils ont leur propre liturgie, avec un ordre défini, assez similaire d’ailleurs à certaines liturgies religieuses. Un [...]

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  6. Is Atheism a Religion? | matt fradd
    February 23, 2013

    [...] umm, they’re starting to. [...]

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    • Jo Hart
      November 1, 2013

      One definition of Religion is ‘ collective worship and ritual towards something supernatural…’ So yes and no I guess. But if u define supernatural as the magic of togetherness and entrainment thru .usic then, who knows, maybe yes, a religion it may be.

      Reply
  7. Gordon Mitchell
    March 6, 2013

    Hi,fellow concerned humans!!.Just got to get this going,are there any interested chosen one’s in my area of Stirling.Would be great if i were not alone,spread the love,old hippy ,Mitch x

    Reply
    • Sanderson
      March 14, 2013

      Hi Mitch, if you want to start organising one, you should check out our forums – http://sundayassembly.com/forums/. Start a topic for your area, then start thinking about all the things you’ll need. Thanks! S

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      • Dilip Balu
        November 30, 2013

        Hi Sanderson,

        I’d love to start a forum for my local area (North Western Sydney). I’m having some trouble working out how to create a profile that allows me to do this (or have I just done this by replying to you?).

        Dilip

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    • emma
      July 7, 2014

      Hi there. How are you? Did you get any response? I’m from Stirling too and interested.

      Reply
  8. Barry Brears
    March 12, 2013

    This is the best news ever.Please someone get one going in Launceston Tasmania if there is anyone out there who wants to give it a go,I could help a bit.I’m 72 can’t handle it all on my own.

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    • Sanderson
      March 14, 2013

      Hi Barry, there’s someone else in Tassie who has been enquiring. I’d start a topic for Launceston in our forum – http://sundayassembly.com/forums/ – then see who else wants to join. Or else ask around.

      Best, Sanderson

      Reply
  9. Antony Hellewell
    March 13, 2013

    Hello all and thanks for SA! Sounds like a great idea. Is there a ‘church’ already in Manchester UK or if not, how can i go about setting one up??

    Reply
  10. Interview With Sanderson Jones About The Sunday Assembly – Now In Australia!
    April 20, 2013

    [...] reading dozens of news items (and even a local Perth radio interview) with Sanderson Jones about The Sunday Assembly and how they were bringing it to [...]

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  11. Ana
    June 1, 2013

    Hey, guys! How long is the assembly?

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  12. Clare
    June 25, 2013

    I absolutely love this idea. I think that lonliness and lack of community has reached epidemic proportions in the modern world for those of us who don’t believe in god. We need the benefits that church provides without the god element. Please keep up the good work. I found this through an article a christian friend of mine sent me and it mentioned one might be starting in Exeter where I spend a lot of my weekends. Is there any news on this?

    Reply
  13. Mike Newell
    June 27, 2013

    I’ve just produced this controversial book
    “No God! 400 Famous Atheists and Agnostics Plus 60 Infamous Theists!”
    An Antidote for America’s Religiosity!
    http://www.DriftwoodBeachBooks.com/
    (For more info on this and my other books.)
    Good Luck and Best wishes to you both
    Mike Newell

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    • Ben Sherwin
      November 1, 2013

      Sounds like a great biased book!

      Reply
  14. Eric Best
    July 9, 2013

    Hi from Tamworth. While not an atheist myself (I do live in Tamworth), I think that what you are doing looks promising as a putting into practice of Alain de Botton’s ‘Atheism 2.0′. I was a little concerned seeing the photo of your gathering, with the rows of seats facing towards a stage, in that structurally you may be in danger of adopting some of the limitations of traditional theistic gatherings. Christians (amongst others) have been doing this stuff for a long time and some of them are now trying to avoid some of the (to them) well known pitfalls in interesting ways. Check out, for example, http://www.solacechurch.org.au, and, perhaps, pay them a visit. They might help you expand the creative possibilities of your own endeavour (as well as avoid some dangers).
    Cheers,
    Eric..

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  15. Adam Fergie
    August 11, 2013

    I recently saw, or rather took part in your show Wonder and Joy at Edinburgh Fringe which I was very impressed with. It really filled me with enthusiasm and a feeling of actually enjoying life for what it is. I hope very much that you come back next year and I am sure you will need a bigger venue by then. Maybe just take over from the Tattoo or something. But I was just writing to say thanks for the most inspiring 45 minutes I have ever had. Thanks again <3

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  16. What are people coming for? | a Church for Atheists?
    August 24, 2013

    [...] my birthday party, I described the Sunday Assembly model as “a TED talk, sandwiched by singing and [...]

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  17. The Rock Cook Book » SUNDAY PICNIC WITH SANDERSON JONES
    August 30, 2013

    […] it would be worth the wait. I had to get the perfect weekend picnic recipe from the guy who runs the Sunday Assembly and will be hosting it at the Electric Picnic, on the Sunday! Just too good an opportunity to miss […]

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  18. Carol
    September 16, 2013

    We REALLY need this in Belfast. Any plans afoot here?

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  19. Jean Vermeer
    October 19, 2013

    Sunday Assembly, where do you assemble? In the open?
    Then it could be free from costs.
    But I suppose, that soon people would like a “home” of its own>
    Free of charge? I doubt about it.
    So you will have to pay for it., same as with all real churches.

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  20. Can 'Atheist Church' Sunday Assembly Go Global With New Crowd-Funding Campaign? | Mobile Atheist
    October 21, 2013

    […] by British comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, who call their atheist movement a “godless congregation that celebrates life,” the Sunday Assembly seeks to raise 500,000 pounds (about $800,000) with the Indiegogo […]

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  21. En Grande-Bretagne, une “église” sans Dieu prête à essaimer dans le monde !!! | Le CatholicaPedia Blog
    October 27, 2013

    […] ensemble ou alors aider son prochain, l’expérience est menée à Londres (Royaume-Uni) au « Sunday assembly », l’Assemblée du dimanche. « Une congrégation qui célèbre la […]

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  22. LLEGA LA IGLESIA SIN DIOS | CARITAS VERITATIS
    October 27, 2013

    […] ensemble ou alors aider son prochain, l’expérience est menée à Londres (Royaume-Uni) au « Sunday assembly », l’Assemblée du dimanche. « Une congrégation qui célèbre la vie » : c’est comme cela […]

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  23. The Sunday Assembly movement comes to Cambridge | A dragon's best friend
    October 27, 2013

    […] had heard from various places about this new Sunday Assembly movement earlier in the year. (See here). I kind of felt that it would be nice to have something like this in Cambridge, but then thought […]

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  24. Ben Sherwin
    November 1, 2013

    It is then the religious side of non-religion?

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  25. Morya
    November 1, 2013

    Dear Sanderson and Pipa, This all looks brilliant and I couldn’t agree with you more. I have been working on something that is fundamentally the same but focuses on mass collaboration and education to make change. Because my background is webdesign/programing/hypnotherarpist/author/recruiter/psychologist I have built a collaboration site first. Here is what I would say, if you asked me which of course you have not but still… save some of your £500k don’t build your own platform. WordPress is great as I am sure you already know but also google can take a lot of the strain. Maybe you have already figured this out, if you want some more help drop me a line. All be best, Morya

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  26. judith greene
    November 1, 2013

    Great idea! Any assemblies in Edinburgh yet? Please let me know where and when and I would definitely give my support. Judith x

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  27. Cyril Weatherhead
    November 2, 2013

    .About time an alternative to a God being the only thing to bind caring human beings together.  A club where people of like minds and feelings can encourage each other, care for each other and work together for the common good of all mankind is long overdue. Of course it took a comedian to do it, an English man and woman to boot. Me being both English and a nonbeleaver I feel a great affinity to what is being started here. Tell me more please. Good luck.

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  28. nun
    November 4, 2013

    Love the idea…. please reconsider the usage of the names Sunday and church, for they do also repeat and preserve old differences and don’t allow fresh new air into society. unfortunately, to me, the strength of your strategy is your weakness.

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  29. Vans
    November 4, 2013

    Hello,
    Looking to join/start an assembly in Hull.
    Anybody knows of one or is interested in starting one please feel free to get in touch.
    Have a great and groovy day
    ????

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    • Gil
      November 16, 2013

      Hi,

      I leave in Ottawa. I just heard about that movement and I’m really interested in. I’d like to know more about it. Would you like to chat about it?

      Gil

      Reply
    • Gil
      December 4, 2013

      Hi,

      I’m interested in joining an assembly in Ottawa/Hull.

      Do you know how do we log in to start a blog on this website?

      Cheers

      Reply
  30. Andre'
    November 11, 2013

    What a great idea. With just the support and joy of like-minded folk, sans God, will immediately start a healing. I have always felt an outsider, not only because of my sexual identity, but also as a caring , thoughtful atheist. Please tell me there is a connection/group going in NC. Is there?
    Thank you for taking the plunge into true kindness and love.

    Reply
  31. Joe Bowers
    November 11, 2013

    Good luck pulling this off in Ohio, there are way too many brainwashed hicks here to get much support.

    Reply
  32. Nancy Dollard
    November 11, 2013

    Good! Nice to read about non-believers getting together & doing good! As an ”out” atheist in OH, we need more of these social support groups. 1/5 of all Americans are NON-religious, (20%)! I left religion b/c of homophobia/sexism & never looked back! Hope to see this happen in NE OH and throughout the state of Ohio! Also, please help end church bulletin discounts w/my petiton at http://www.care2.com, look for: ”Atheists denied dicount at Cici’s pizza chain.” Thanks!

    Reply
    • Tanya
      January 8, 2014

      I’m in NE Ohio and would love to be a part of a start.

      Reply
  33. Atheists Embrace Mega-church-Style Services | TIME.com
    November 11, 2013

    […] Associated Press profiled the Sunday Assembly, a movement started in London in January 2013 that’s spearheaded by two British comedians, […]

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  34. Atheist Churches Gain Worldwide Popularity
    November 11, 2013

    […] discussed at SundayAssembly.com, the group promotes churches and mega-churches, which have specific guidelines that promote their vision. The churches must be run as […]

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  35. Jeff
    November 13, 2013

    Hey there,

    I’m a life-long atheist, and I have blogged about this at length. It’s not for me, but ultimately I see the merit for some. But you really need to remove/replace all of the religious language in your organizations materials. It will only be used against us – I have already had it used against me when defending your organization by religious individuals. Don’t call yourself a congregation in your mission statement, don’t use worlds like church or sermon. There are readily available replacements that work just as well and convey the same message without immediately bringing religion to mind for most Americans.

    Good luck,
    Jeff~

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    • Geoff
      July 6, 2014

      I agree in part. I personally don’t have a problem with words like ‘congregation’ or even ‘sermon’, but I struggle with this whole concept when words like ‘christening’ is used. (Sanderson used the term on the radio this morning.) I’m reminded of the time when I attended the humanist equivalent of a baptism and the humanist leader of the event started referring to ‘godparents’. I don’t think these terms should be part of the vocabulary.

      Reply
  36. Anthony
    November 13, 2013

    I wish I’d heard about you sooner – I missed ALL the dates in my city!

    Reply
  37. Why Would Atheists Engage In Christian Ritual? « Irregular Times
    November 14, 2013

    […] The events aren’t exactly churches, in the traditional sense, and they’re not yet truly mega in size. They don’t have dedicated buildings or paid staff, as churches do. They do have many resemblances to churches, though, and are called Sunday Assemblies. […]

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  38. Atheist Mega-Churches Are the Bizarre New Trend For Unbelievers - PolicyMic | Mobile Atheist
    November 14, 2013

    […] song, reflection, discussion, and a sermon. What else should you expect? According to their website, “Just by being with us you should be energized, vitalized, restored, repaired, refreshed and […]

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  39. Brad SHIN
    November 15, 2013

    Hi, there. I heard about this organisation from a magazine. I am Korean(South) and as soon as I saw this news, my eyes were open wide and made me so shocked. I think S.A(Sunday assembly) is an amazing organisation and I would like to spread the seed in South Korea as well. I stayed Australia for about 5 years to study and now am back to my country. I am currently unemployed but studying Accounting and Taxation Law. The reason why I am sending this msg is to find out how I get an approval for setting up the organisation in my country. The vision & misson of yours are what I value for my entire life. Please let me know what I have to do to get ready for it. Unfortunately, I am not financially enough but my passion is big enough to devote what I have for enlarging this idea. Please let me know.

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  40. Surya
    November 15, 2013

    Your mention of Vancouver says Vancouver, US…we’re in Canada and a little bit proud of that…!

    It was great to meet you last night – hope we can get something going in our little (canadian) town!

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  41. Heenan73
    November 15, 2013

    “We don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do.”

    I’m afraid this rather undermines it for me – you’ll end up talking about god / nogod all day. Boring.

    But good luck and Merry Festivus to you!

    Reply
  42. Could This New "Church" Make Atheism Cool? - GreenEnergy4.us
    November 15, 2013

    […] pop-electronica played in the background. It was San Francisco’s first-ever gathering of the Sunday Assembly, a recently formed organization of atheists who want to participate in “all the best bits of […]

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  43. Could This New "Church" Make Atheism Cool?
    November 15, 2013

    […] pop-electronica played in the background. It was San Francisco’s first-ever gathering of the Sunday Assembly, a recently formed organization of atheists who want to participate in “all the best bits of […]

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  44. Atheists set up a “Megachurch” and some folks have a problem with it. | Stupid Evil Bastard
    November 15, 2013

    […] “formal” is probably not an accurate description of the proceedings.  According to the About Page on their website, the three core ideas behind SA are as […]

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  45. Could This New “Church” Make Atheism Cool? | The Daily Drudge Report
    November 16, 2013

    […] pop-electronica played in the background. It was San Francisco’s first-ever gathering of the Sunday Assembly, a recently formed organization of atheists who want to participate in “all the best bits of […]

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  46. Atheists in church | God Discussion
    November 17, 2013

    […] idea for an atheist church came from Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans.  The pair are started out as comedians, doing improv and stand up comedy.  The idea for an […]

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  47. Is Atheism a Religion? | R.J. Wizard
    November 18, 2013

    […] see this question a lot on forums, and see the claim made frequently. It appears (click link here, please) some would like it to be as close to a religion as […]

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  48. The Sunday Assembly: Is the absence of God an absence of humanity? | Phil Mann
    November 18, 2013

    […] It’s a gathering of a group of like-minded people (not necessarily atheists) who identify with the Assembly’s motto: “live better, help often, wonder more” to get all the good bits of church without the […]

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  49. Broodje Paap | De slapstick van een Kerk zonder God
    November 19, 2013

    […] hij een ‘goddeloze congregatie’ met als motto: Live better, help often, wonder more. Op de website van deze kerk wordt in tien punten (geboden?) uitgelegd waar ze voor staan en lezen we daar onder: […]

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  50. Andy Belk
    November 19, 2013

    looks a good thing to me? just keep it that way and avoid the pitfalls of ‘traditional’ power and manipulation from the cloth boys!
    look at my http://www.live-riffquiz its really easy to do, fun for everyone and very competitive. I came up with it about 3 years ago because I love playing riffs etc, love the electric guitar but hate jamming for hours to get ‘sets’ off with other musicians. Okay, you think I’m lazy…………..I’m still in a band BUT I’d rather do a live riff quiz and raise a bit of money for community!
    Playing In Sheffield at Xmas for HARC, this will be the third year we have done it,
    I do get a buzz of playing and entertaining these homeless people over Saturnalia!
    Andy…………….ANY GUITARIST CAN DO THIS>>>>Raise some charity cash NOW!

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  51. atheist megachurch | atheists imitate church | atheist religion
    November 20, 2013

    […] actually call themselves the Sunday Assembly identifying as a “godless congregation” offering the “best bits of church, but […]

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  52. Mahamati
    November 20, 2013

    I went tonight, great fun , about 80 there. Could not stay to the future planning group but left email address for future happenings. So hope this takes off, i went to onein London and loved it

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  53. Evan
    November 21, 2013

    The Sunday Assembly is a terrific idea. offering, as it does, the opportunity for people to truly live their Humanity together in accord with others of like mind. I would like to invite everyone within the movement to support the work of Hemley Gonzales in his wonderful but undersupported HUMANIST charity RESPONSIBLE CHARITY. Hemley and his team work tirelessly in the slums of Kolkata, doing real, direct work with those most in need. Please, check out the work here: http://www.responsiblecharity.org/ and support fellow Humanists in their valuable work!

    Maybe each Assembly could adopt this charity as their own?

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  54. Daft Claim Rebuttal: “The Atheist agenda” « Skeptical Science
    November 21, 2013

    […] … except for the rather inconvenient fact that the Sunday Assemblys are not “Mega-churches”, or for that matter, not even “churches” at all, just a few folks getting together under the motto of : live better, help often, wonder more. […]

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  55. Christian Publication Warns of ‘Atheist Agenda’: They Want You to Lose Your Faith!
    November 21, 2013

    […] She’s using the Sunday Assembly as proof of the radical atheist agenda, a group that’s explicitly *not* about promoting atheism and “won’t tell you you’re wrong if you” believe in the […]

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  56. Man who adores Mary Fallin describes Sunday Assemblies as ‘an exercise in ignorance’
    November 21, 2013

    […] If you’d bothered to look, Driskell, the answer’s on their website. […]

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  57. Neither Church, Nor Atheist: The Sunday Assembly Movement’s Relevance to a Theistic World · the RAD LOVE Project // Transformation: Social, Relational, Spiritual
    November 22, 2013

    […] movement. For the “official scoop,” I direct you to SA’s main website and charter for all member assemblies. For much of what I will say in response here, the following quote is […]

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  58. Mike
    November 27, 2013

    “2. Has no doctrine…” except this bit of doctrine, and the other 9 points of doctrine listed above.

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  59. yong
    November 30, 2013

    why not in south korea

    Reply
  60. Bane Gauger
    November 30, 2013

    Dear Sirs

    I am living in Denmark. Do you have contacts here who wants to start up?

    Best regards
    Bane Gauger

    Reply
  61. Stewart C Baker
    December 3, 2013

    Just saw an article about an SA launching in Portland, and think this is a brilliant idea. What bugs me so much about capital-a Atheism is often its focus on bashing religion instead of on personal, intellectual growth and community inclusiveness.

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  62. Sharon Fox Nichols
    December 3, 2013

    If I want to join an atheist group, I prefer it to be able to discuss issues non-believers have with religion. I don’t want to toast marshmallows and make s’mores around the proverbial fire. It isn’t enough to just “assemble” if we aren’t allowed (!!!) to discuss problems with religion. Many who are not among the “Nones” are struggling with their faith and could use some feedback on questions they have on our alternative views and why we have them.

    Hitchens would be appalled at the lack of focus on combatting the pervasiveness of religion on human cultures, particularly Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It doesn’t sound as if one of these “Sunday Assemblies” is what I’m looking for. I don’t want to just meet & greet, sing, and do some public action (such as clean up a creek). These sound limited to me. I want an end to religion–nothing less. It’s affect on humanity is to reduce us to mindless sheep, following orders from some male-dominated hierarchy with archaic 2000+ year old myths from illiterate tribes of people.

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    • Valerie Tarico
      December 10, 2013

      There are anti-theist groups doing the work of fighting traditional religious orthodoxies, which as you say, needs doing. In the U.S., American Atheists is one of those, as is the Center for Inquiry and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In the U.K., One Law for All is a part of the mix. Sunday Assembly seems like something different. It is about meeting the needs of the members–for community, ritual, mutual support, inspiration and so forth.
      If you look at Christianity, there is a whole ecosystem of organizational structures and functions. I suspect that non-theists need the same.

      Reply
  63. remus
    December 5, 2013

    I would like to organise one, as i’m already organising a likemind movement.

    Reply
  64. Amber
    December 5, 2013

    Hey, I’d like to attend the Dallas event this Sun. but it seems to be sold out. Anyway I can snag a press pass to check it out?

    Cheers,

    Amber

    Reply
  65. Church Doctrine: We All Got It | God & Neighbor
    December 6, 2013

    […] godless congregation that celebrate life.”… “the one life we know we have.” The About page at SundayAssembly.com contains a “public charter” including 10 points of what we should […]

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  66. Hello world! | SUNDAY ASSEMBLY: SILICON VALLEY
    December 7, 2013

    […] you haven’t heard of Sunday Assembly and you want to read the long version, go here. They say it better and longer than I can. I’m sure we’ll copy of lot of this […]

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  67. Sunday Assembly
    December 10, 2013

    […] about this before, talking about the group’s liturgy (in fact, the Sunday Assembly website links to our post in the “about” section).  After the jump, see the denomination’s 10-point […]

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  68. Tina
    December 25, 2013

    Just today, I followed a religious catholic friend to Christmas carol singing at a church near us. And, as an atheist/agnostic, I always find I love going to church…Buut without all the holiness, and crosses, and Jesus.
    Today, as I was sitting there, I realised, I love it because it’s a place that can potentially nurture the soul, give you a break from the hectic life, and let you breathe and think for a moment, and remember to be grateful, giving, loving and humble.
    And I was thinking, it is only fair, that we as atheists, who represent one FOURTH of this country, surely should have a place like that as well? We have souls that need to breathe, we need to wind down, think about our spirits, how we are towards one another, be reminded to be kind. And we deserve to be able to do that, without religious indoctrination. The right to assembly, no?

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  69. 10 Reasons Freethinkers Can Look Forward to a Bright New Year | Away Point
    December 30, 2013

    […] Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones, launched a “sort-of church” for nontheists last January, their Sunday Assembly got media attention around the world. By December, they were on a 40 day tour of 40 cities from […]

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  70. Bonnie Bressmer
    January 1, 2014

    I’m looking for a meeting near Denver.
    Bonnie

    Reply
  71. Scallywag and Vagabond | Atheists and agnostics. Do they exist?
    January 2, 2014

    […] Evans and Sanderson Jones, launched a “sort-of church” for nonbelievers last January, their Sunday Assembly got media attention around the world. By December, they were on a 40-day tour of 40 cities from […]

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  72. 10 Signs Religious Fundamentalism Is in Decline | Freethought
    January 2, 2014

    […] Evans and Sanderson Jones, launched a “sort-of church” for nonbelievers last January, their Sunday Assembly got media attention around the world. By December, they were on a 40-day tour of 40 cities from […]

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  73. 10 Signs Religious Fundamentalism Is in Decline | Believers vs Non-Believers
    January 2, 2014

    […] Evans and Sanderson Jones, launched a “sort-of church” for nonbelievers last January, their Sunday Assembly got media attention around the world. By December, they were on a 40-day tour of 40 cities from […]

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  74. Sunil
    January 5, 2014

    Interesting start up. But I am stuck at the foundation “We are born from nothing and go to nothing” whose opinion is this? A brief explanation would be appreciated.

    Reply
    • no8ing
      January 7, 2014

      Good question Sunil. Compare ABOUT The Sunday Assembly statements: “Is 100% celebration of life. We are born from nothing and go to nothing. Let’s enjoy it together”
      and
      “Has no deity. We don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do.”

      They are mutually incompatible because “nothing” does not exist except to support the conceptual attributes of a supernatural belief.

      Reply
  75. Dr. John Patrick
    January 7, 2014

    Hi,

    I’m a scholar of leadership and communication and I’m interested in this movement. If someone from the assembly’s leadership would be so kind as to contact me, I’ve some questions of an academic nature.

    Reply
  76. Is Atheism enough to sustain a ‘church’? | Phill Sacre
    January 7, 2014

    […] According to the new today, the “Sunday Assembly” has split. For those of you who don’t know, the Sunday Assembly is a church-style service, only its run by atheists. This is the vision from their website*: […]

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  77. Herivelton
    January 8, 2014

    Please we need your church in Brasil!!!

    Reply
  78. Culturing Atheism? | The Failed Gael
    January 8, 2014

    […] the best religions,  the Religion for Atheists that succeeded happened of course only by accident. The Sunday Assembly, started essentially as a joke by two comedians in London. This gathering of freethinking people […]

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  79. Rachel
    January 9, 2014

    André, are you referring to NC as North Carolina (USA)? I hope this comment reaches you, it’s been quite some time since you posted your original statement.

    Reply
  80. Charity for Unbelievers » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog
    January 9, 2014

    […] Evans and Sanderson Jones, launched a “sort-of church” for nonbelievers last January, their Sunday Assembly got media attention around the world. By December, they were on a 40-day tour of 40 cities from […]

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  81. Charity for Unbelievers - Hardcore Catholic
    January 9, 2014

    […] and Sanderson Jones, launched a “sort-of church” for nonbelievers last January, their Sunday Assembly got media attention around the world. By December, they were on a 40-day tour of 40 cities from […]

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  82. Atheist Sunday: A Church Without a God
    January 10, 2014

    […] music and a lecture on one topic or another, and they promote a sense of community. According to their website, their motto is to “live better, help often, wonder […]

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  83. Satanists Raise $20K to Erect a Devil Statue Next to the Ten Commandments
    January 11, 2014

    […] Enter the Sunday Assembly, a global church movement run by these two atheists who preach not doctrine or deity but to “live better, help often, wonder more.” […]

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  84. Atheist Sunday: A Church Without A God - Expose Obama
    January 13, 2014

    […] music and a lecture on one topic or another, and they promote a sense of community. According to their website, their motto is to “live better, help often, wonder […]

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  85. Bwambale Musubaho Robert
    January 16, 2014

    We need such congregations here in Africa as well, will try and mobilize to have one created in my area. So happy that people with no belief are coming up with such ideas to bring secular people together for unity, peace and development.

    Reply
  86. Sunday Assembly: Schism and Debate : Blue Boat
    January 16, 2014

    […] recent Blue Boat blog post of observations made after attending the recent Boston-based Sunday Assembly generated a healthy response and lively debate on the merits and limits of the Sunday Assembly […]

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  87. Diane Jean
    January 23, 2014

    Good evening,

    my name is Diane Jean. I am a journalist at the School of journalism at Sciences Po Paris. I am writing a report about the religious crowd-funding phenomenon. This report can be published in a French newspaper entitled “Le Monde des religions”. Could you answer some of my questions ?

    Best regards,

    Diane Jean

    Reply
  88. The Beast is weakening! | Atheist Oasis – A Rational Refuge
    January 26, 2014

    […] Evans and Sanderson Jones, launched a “sort-of church” for nonbelievers last January, their Sunday Assembly got media attention around the world. By December, they were on a 40-day tour of 40 cities from […]

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  89. O que você acha das "igrejas" ateístas? - Logos Apologetica
    February 4, 2014

    […] congregações em várias grandes cidades de todo Estados Unidos. Sua visão, de acordo com seu site é dar uma experiência comum aos ateus, o que lhes permite “celebrar a vida” e […]

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  90. The Rise of the Non-Church Church | SociologyInFocus
    February 5, 2014

    […] has attracted hundreds of atheists. In November of 2013, the first of these services, called The Sunday Assembly , debuted in the U.S. after having success in the […]

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  91. manoj
    February 8, 2014

    Great effort! New concept,establish branch in India also.I want to participate.go ahead.

    Reply
  92. Interview: Agnostic filmmaker Morgan Spurlock goes 'Inside' Sunday Assembly | Faitheist
    February 8, 2014

    […] “godless congregation that celebrates life,” the Sunday Assembly has made some serious waves since its early 2013 launch by British […]

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  93. manoj
    February 10, 2014

    Good concept.need to expand in india also.take advantage of good aspect of church.greater need for new atheists.welcome for noble effort.

    Reply
  94. Sunday Assembly East Bay Some press links and "what is this Sunday Assembly thing anyway?" » Sunday Assembly East Bay
    February 16, 2014

    […] good place to start for anyone trying to understand what Sunday Assembly is would be the Sunday Assembly Public Charter, which can also be found through the “About” link […]

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  95. The Evangelistic Zeal of the New Atheists | S.E.A.L.E.D.
    February 19, 2014

    […] doctrine and deity, and the Sunday Assembly doesn’t because they are all inclusive (see their purpose statement). I find it perplexing that some atheists have used a model of the church to promote community, […]

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  96. sabra.jones
    February 24, 2014

    Isn’t it pretty much synonymous with Humanism? Whatever, I think its a great idea, and I hope the movement gathers momentum. People go to church for all sorts of reasons, and probably many church goers are atheists on the quiet, who are seeking a sense of belonging to a caring community. This can provide an alternative, more appropriate, forum.

    Reply
  97. Are Moderate Religious Institutions in Decline? | Wheat and Tares
    February 27, 2014

    […] Are we losing moderate religion in our societies? Does it matter? This week the BBC R4 programme Beyond Belief discussed religious decline. Presenter Ernie Rae was joined by the Revd Dr Sam Wells, Professor Linda Woodhead (Sociology of Religion), and Dr Jasjit Singh (research fellow looking at religious transmission). There was an inset interview with Sanderson Jones (co-founder of the Sunday Assembly). […]

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  98. 10 signs religious fundamentalism in the US is in decline | the Anglo-Sinkie scribbles
    April 4, 2014

    […] Evans and Sanderson Jones, launched a “sort-of church” for nonbelievers last January, their Sunday Assembly got media attention around the world. By December, they were on a 40-day tour of 40 cities from […]

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  99. You only live once | Eleanor Mottram
    April 23, 2014

    […] join together as community. Something that I feel that I can explore and nourish as part of the Sunday Assembly, and helps others to discover. Sunday Assembly may be a godless congregation, but it is not […]

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  100. A Passion for Reason: Wonder « Wonderfest – Bay Area Beacon of Science
    April 25, 2014

    […] I will present “A Passion for Reason,” and my subject will be the emotion called wonder.   Sunday Assembly is a new endeavor that some people describe as “church without God.” It was founded in 2013 by […]

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  101. The Sunday Assembly | Mark o'Sullivan
    April 28, 2014

    […] I might be misquoting the Sunday Assembly ‘About Us‘ page there […]

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  102. Herman Krieger
    April 30, 2014

    A Jewish photographer’s look at churches in America -
    “Churches ad hoc: a divine comedy”
    http://www.efn.org/~hkrieger/church.htm

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  103. Eric
    May 2, 2014

    The whole point of being an atheist – or realist, as I call myself – is that I don’t feel obliged to get together with others just because I do not believe in any god.

    Just what is this Sunday Assembly bit trying to prove?

    I’m fed up with the use of the word “celebrate” in every corner of modern living.

    I don’t need to celebrate life; I just get on with it.

    One of the three purposes of religion is to give power to those who want to tell others how to live. I do not need any Assembly to tell me how to do that. Who is making money out of this?

    The other two purposes of religions are to claim to have answers to things we currently don’t have answers for; and to be a source of comfort in war, disaster, illness and death.

    Please let atheists be atheists in their own ways. Not yours.

    Reply
  104. gary brown
    May 12, 2014

    greetings. i just began watching you on inside man. great idea. i dont know if this came up before or was written prior by anyone here, but if you had a theme song it would have to be john lennon’s IMAGINE. thank you.

    Reply
  105. Oh Boy
    May 12, 2014

    Hi everyone,

    Life is fun! Interesting thing is that even if we are having fun together, we will, at the end of the day, still feel unsatisfied. The truth is, having a group of people you can run to for encouragement- kind of like that show “Friends”, is awesome. But even friends have their limitations. They can’t heal you when you feel broken, or breathe life into you every morning. Friends don’t know your future, or where you have been. Friends can’t speak a quiet word of direction, and wisdom. And they can’t guarantee you life after you die. But God can. And He does! I’m not a religious person (personally, I hate religion), but I do love relationships. But most importantly, my relationship with God. He’s amazing, and He just “gets me”. He is always with me – and He’s always with you too. I thank God for changing me because, to be honest, even though I was living “the good life” I knew something was missing. God has been the one to give me the rest and freedom that I’ve needed. No gimmicks, just pure love. Personally, although this sounds like a cool weekend party/get-away/retreat, it will still be lacking. It will still never compare to the love God has for you, or for me. Join up if you desire, but when the next “cool thing” comes out, you’ll most likely consider de-enrolling from here, and jumping over there to see the newest trend. Stop now and consider if it really is worth it. God is waiting to start a new life with you – and He doesn’t need anything from you either.

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  106. Peggy barr
    May 13, 2014

    Bring it on, I am so liking to hang out with like minded people. Lets do this.

    Reply
  107. David Boast
    May 21, 2014

    Hello,

    My name is David Boast and I have written a song called “We are all Africans” based on the slogan coined by Professor Richard Dawkins to promote the fact of evolution and atheism. When I initially wrote the lyrics I sent them to The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason via the websites contact form and received a very favourable reply from his pa, Randal Russell.

    My aim now is to get it properly recorded and then re-approach the Foundation to see if they would make in downloadable from the website store as an initial platform.

    The reason I write this is to ask if anyone would provide finance to get it professionally recorded. In return I would offer 30% of all royalties including song writing royalties.

    Below are the lyrics and a link to a crude demo recording. Thank you for you time.

    We are all Africans

    Watching smoke obscuring the sun
    I love this place
    Old London Town
    And the Thames flowing colour of lead
    Shimmering reflections
    Of worn out pubs I love the best
    Then I had to blink and look again
    A fiery sky replaced autumnal rain
    King of the jungle mighty lion
    Pushing the grime from the horizon
    was I losing my mind?
    Or remembering a very distant time

    Cos we are all Africans
    Humanity it started there
    There’s a chromozone in all of us
    One that we all share
    With an old African lady
    Her name is Chromozone Eve
    She is the reason
    That I live and breath
    So I raise my glass and toast her
    And I hope you follow me
    If we can all remember her
    We will all stay free

    See the world spinning through outer space
    Getting smaller each day
    As science gathers in pace
    Galaxies more than fine grains of sand
    Are they harbouring life?
    Do we fit in their plans?
    Than I had to stop and think again
    Whatever’s out there beyond our domain
    Asteroids hurtling towards us
    Aliens, will they come to crush us?But then my thoughts became crystal clear
    As I realised we had nothing to fear

    Cos we are all Africans
    Humanity it started there
    There’s a chromozone in all of us
    One that we all share
    With an old African lady
    Her name is Chromozone Eve
    She is the reason
    That I live and breath
    So I raise my glass and toast her
    And I hope you follow me
    If we can all remember her
    We will all stay free

    https://soundcloud.com/davidboast/we-are-all-africans?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=email

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  108. Aussie Dreamer
    June 1, 2014

    Late 2014 – Early 2014 we are planning on a overseas relocation into the Cardiff, Wales, UK area and hope upon our arrival that we find The Sunday Assembly already established within this area for hubby and I to attend? How will I know if 1 has formed? I do subscribe to The Sunday Assembly monthly newsletter.

    Reply
  109. Ann
    July 6, 2014

    I’ve just been listening to Sanderson Jones on Clare Balding’s, Good Morning Sunday, radio programme. This is the place for me. I’m spiritual but not religious … I want to belong to a community but have never found one that I have felt comfortable in.The Sunday Assembly sounds about right …
    Does anyone know of an Assembly in South Tyneside, better still South Shields. There is the pub, the Assembly, but I’m sure that’s not the same thing!!!

    Reply
  110. Steve
    July 21, 2014

    I’d rather this movement be called a secular movement rather than “godless” because it implies that this movement is essentially defining itself against religious ideology. The charter says it respects those who have religious beliefs – so definition derived from some form of religious idea seems to me to be anachronistic.

    Reply
  111. Why I’m a Christian working for an ‘Atheist Church’
    July 23, 2014

    […] ground I experience with atheism, and some essential differences concerning two statements in the Sunday Assembly Charter concluding with my […]

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