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11:00 am, July 21 2024

Cantat Ergo Sumus: Hymns of the Philosophers.

Ever been moved by Nietzsche’s philosophical musings, but been desperate to hear them sung in the style of Bob Dylan? Well, today is your lucky day, as we are joined by the inimitable Paul Lodge, musician and Professor of philosophy at Oxford University, who does just that!

Join us for a titillating blend of music, philosophy and literature as Paul offers his unique musical interpretations of the work of Nietzsche as well as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walter Benjamin, and Margaret Cavendish.

Paul’s songs have been featured on BBC Radio Oxford Introducing and BBC Radio Cumbria. In 2022 he launched his album Preludes to Wordsworth in the poet’s home, Rydal Mount, at the invitation of Wordsworth’s descendants.

We are also joined by comedian and poet, Sam Rix who will bring us a joyous medley of hilarious spoken word exploring creativity, social media and everything in between.

There will be four fantastic songs performed by our very own Sunday Assembly Band, so bring your best singing voices and dancing shoes! Please stay after for tea, biscuits, and engaging conversations with members of our community.

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Fundraising Trustee

We are seeking a Trustee Board member with fundraising expertise, drive, and enthusiasm to assist in the delivery of its charitable aims.

You can find more information about the role and how to apply on Reach Volunteering.

Read more about becoming a Fundraising Trustee
Main Events

11:00 am, July 7 2024

Space Oddity

Right now, something strange is going on in the cosmos… Scientists are uncovering a catalogue of weird phenomena that simply can’t be explained by our long-established theories of the universe.

After decades of fruitless searching, could we finally be catching glimpses of a profound new view of our physical world? Or are we being fooled by cruel tricks of the data?

To celebrate the launch of his recent book, experimental physicist at CERN and acclaimed science presenter Harry Cliff will take us through some of this groundbreaking new research.

Not-just-Sunday Activities

1:00 pm, July 7 2024

Post-Assembly picnic

Join us after the Assembly for lunch! Keep an eye on the weather and event listing in case we need to change venue. Bring a picnic mat and food from home or the nearby shops. We usually get others jump in last minute at the Assembly so there will be more people than are showing on the event.

Not-just-Sunday Activities

3:00 pm, July 7 2024

Board Games Club

Join us at our second in-person boardgames meetup for June. If the weather is warm and dry we will picnic and play boardgames. If not we’ll be indoors. Newcomers are very welcome. We generally play short, easy to learn fun games.

Main Events

11:00 am, June 16 2024

Making Light of Chemistry

Sunday Assembly London has a new home! We are very excited to welcome you all to our inaugural Assembly at our new HQ of the Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green, a legendary venue on the London events scene having played host to some of the best acts in the country! To sillybrate this joyous marriage of our two institutions we are today exploring the relationship between Science and Comedy, with two of the funniest nerds in the business! Dr Steve Cross is a stand-up comedian, presenter and founder of CLEVERmakeFUNNY, which trains academics, museums professionals, software engineers, architects and lawyers to make comedy part of their lives.

Dr Steve will talk to us about how finding the funny side of science helps to unpack its biases and helps us drive social and political change by embracing the concept of absurdity.

We are also absolutely thrilled to be tickled by the presence of award-winning comedian with a Phd in Statistics, Merry Martyn. Often seen performing with a Rubik’s cube, Merry was the winner of Queerovision in August ‘22, semi-finalist for Comedy Virgins #INGTE ’22 and West End New Act of the Year ’23.

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Stage Tech

Stage and Sound Tech Volunteers needed!

We’re looking for volunteers to help run the sound and stage tech at Sunday Assembly. This is a great chance to gain more familiarity with live stage tech, work closely with brilliant musicians, and be involved in Sunday Assembly behind the scenes! If you don’t have experience but are keen to learn, we can provide support and training.

If you’re interested, please get in touch with our Music Lead, Rob, at music@sundayassembly.com

Take a look at the full role description here!
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Fundraising Hub Lead

About the role

You will lead the Fundraising Hub to devise and deliver the fundraising strategy with a view to sustaining and developing Sunday Assembly London and in turn helping the community and the wider public achieve the aims of living better, helping often and wondering more. You’ll advocate for excellent supporter experience and as part of the co-ordination crew, play an important role in shaping what we are able to offer to our community.

What you will be doing 

  • Devise Sunday Assembly’s fundraising strategy, which is likely to incorporate grant funding, one off fundraising events, and donations from community members (either as regular givers or as one off donors at assemblies)
  • Identify and apply for relevant funding opportunities 
  • Deliver grant evaluation reports, where required by funders
  • Come up with creative ways to increase donations and promote donor retention
  • Recruit, co-ordinate and support volunteer fundraisers (for example, to run one off fundraising events)
  • Be the point of contact for fundraising practice across the charity
  • Stay updated with best practice in fundraising and data protection, ensuring compliance with GDPR and PECR

How much time will it normally take?

We anticipate that this role will take up around 8 hours a month.  This time is likely to reduce once you have recruited a team of volunteers to support you.

You will also be expected to attend co-ordination crew meetings, which are currently held fortnightly on Zoom.  These usually last about an hour.

What support will be available?

You will meet fortnightly with other members of the co-ordination crew, where you will be able to share any concerns and be supported to carry out your role.  You will also have access to a WhatsApp group.

In addition, you will work closely with the board of trustees to ensure that our fundraising strategy is in line with our charitable objectives and strategic plans.

You will receive a volunteer handbook designed to help everyone access information easily and dip into to check things out. 

What should I be able to do?

These are the skills and experiences that will be useful for you as a fundraising lead: 

  • Strategic thinker with a resolution focused attitude. 
  • Experience in diversifying income streams.
  • Experience of successful grant writing and authoring evaluation reports.
  • Community and events fundraising experience. 
  • Proven ability to improve acquisition and retention of supporters. 
  • Advocate for the supporter experience and improving community engagement. 
  • Knowledge of fundraising regulations, best practice, GDPR and PECR.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage a range of activities. 

What will I learn? 

You will have the chance to gain the following skills: 

  • Leadership and volunteer management, including supporting and mentoring peer volunteers.
  • A good understanding of how small volunteer-led charities run. 
  • Experience of applying for grants and developing a charity grant portfolio.
  • Experience of working as part of a team to organise fundraising events

What do I do if I want to apply for this role? 

The first step is to have a chat with the co-ordination crew lead, Gwawr.  Drop an email to gwawr@sundayassembly.com or find me at an assembly, and we’ll arrange a chat. 

Main Events

11:00 am, May 19 2024

Metaphysics Eats Culture for Breakfast

Many feel that contemporary Western culture is in the grips of a meaning crisis. Are we unsure of our direction, as we grapple with climate change, runaway AI, geopolitical instability and increasing challenges around mental health?

In this talk, Alexander Beiner will examine this moment in history, with a particular focus on AI, social media and psychedelics, to argue that materialist metaphysics play a major role in our cultural dislocation today. Drawing on the research for his book ‘The Bigger Picture’, he’ll argue that ‘New Atheism’ is giving way to ‘New Animism’ and what implications this has for the future of humanity.

Alexander is a writer, commentator and co-founder of Rebel Wisdom, a media and events organization focussing on making sense of culture and complexity.

We are also thrilled to have poetry from Max Ingmar. Max is a queer, non-binary writer, musician and artist. They make art that acts as a series of small exorcisms; the good, the bad and the hopeful.

There will also be the usual smorgasbord of songs, tea and community.

Not-just-Sunday Activities

Article Club

If you like the idea of joining a book club, but find yourself too busy to finish the books in time, Article Club is for you! We meet every six weeks or so at the Lyttleton bar at the National Theatre to discuss two articles – usually one relating to politics or current affairs and one relating to history, culture or science. We aim to challenge ourselves to read a diverse range of articles and to think more deeply about the broader themes of the topic.

OUR NEXT MEETUP:
Date TBA – 7:30pm to around 9:15pm. We sit on the soft round seats in the Lyttleton Theatre bar on the first floor.

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