The Sunday Assembly – Sunday May 5th – The Conway Hall – 11 am – FREE

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Events | 4 Comments

UPDATE: Just been told off for not having the event details clear enough, please distribute this post far and wide.

The Sunday Assembly this month is on Play – expect great talks, fun games, super sing along classics, wonderful reading and, at the end, a big picnic.

  • Venue: Conway Hall
  • Time: 11 am – 12.30 pm
  • Price: FREE

The Assembly will feature two guest speakers, Marie Foulton and Rob Davis, in one action packed double bill. Marie Foulton runs the Wild Rumpus, an indie games night that turns video games into physical activities and encourages adults to rough-house. Her talk is why adults need to keep playing. Then Rob Davis (chief game designer and CEO of Playniac – a company that make ‘thinky games’) will teach us about game design through his mass participation game ‘Cat On Yer Head’

The special bank holiday service will also include a round of ‘Danish Clapping’ – the most fun two hands can have in a family friendly environment – and will finish with a potluck picnic and games aplenty for a super day of fun.

Original post below….

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We are very sad to announce that The Sunday Assembly has been evicted from its venue, The Nave, by our landlord St. Paul’s Steiner School. A small faction within the school decided that The Sunday Assembly (motto: “Live better, help often and wonder more”) was antithetical to their own ethos.

The news of the eviction came on Friday, and we tried to find a way around, but sadly couldn’t. What makes this super aggravating is that it is only two weeks before the service on ‘Play’ and after the school had agreed to host the Assembly.

Sadly the committee members who took against the godless congregation didn’t spell out the precise reason for their disapproval. Was it novelist Sarah Dunant’s talk on the art of the Resurrection? Vicar Dave Tomlinson’s meditation on the power of metaphor and stories? Or the congregation singing Run Rabbit Run during April’s Easter service?

I’m still not quite sure how it happened. It was bizarre being part of primary school politics. Committee X got to rule us out because The Sunday Assembly hadn’t been raised in the minutes by Trustee Y. It felt like being involved in a poor man’s version of In The Thick Of It.

It is such a shame that it happened like that. We loved The Nave and really enjoyed being part of the community. However, do not worry, this exile to Holborn is a temporary blip. We will return! Pippa wanted to add: “A deconsecrated church with just the right level of shabby chic was perfect. If anyone else can suggest some venues we’d love to hear about them. We’re homeless. Help!”.

Luckily The Conway Hall, that bastion of humanism, has stepped in and agreed to host The Sunday Assembly on Sunday May 5th. The theme of the service is ‘Play’ and will feature both guest speakers, Marie Foulton and Rob Davis, in one action packed double bill.

Marie Foulton runs the Wild Rumpus, an indie games night that turns video games into physical activities and encourages adults to rough-house. Her talk will is on the need for adults to keep playing. Rob Davis (chief game designer and CEO of Playniac – a company that make ‘thinky games’) will teach us about game design through his mass participation game ‘Cat On Yer Head’

The special bank holiday service will also include a round of ‘Danish Clapping’ – the most fun two hands can have in a family friendly environment – will finish with a potluck picnic and games aplenty for a super day of fun.

Let’s not get all down about these things. The Conway Hall is a great space, and I’m sure there are a bunch of people from south and west London who are over-the-moon about our new temporary home.

4 Comments

  1. UPDATE – VENUE CHANGED – Sunday Assembly, London – Play – Sunday May 5th (11 am, 1.30 pm) | The Sunday Assembly
    April 29, 2013

    [...] THIS IS AN UPDATE. The venue has been changed to Conway Hall in Holborn. Full details and explanation here. [...]

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    April 30, 2013

    [...] of the building. While the trustees cited safety reasons (too many people in the building), Jones contends there’s a less benevolent reason for the eviction. He said that some of the trustees found The Sunday Assembly to be “antithetical to their own [...]

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    June 14, 2013

    [...] of the building. While the trustees cited safety reasons (too many people in the building), Jones contends there’s a less benevolent reason for the eviction. He said that some of the trustees found The Sunday Assembly to be “antithetical to their own [...]