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#1  Postby Keep It Real » Oct 23, 2015 11:21 am

The Sunday Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life. Our motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Our mission: A Sunday Assembly in every town, city and village that wants one. Our vision: To help everyone live life as fully as possible.

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.


http://sundayassembly.com/about/


Anybody been to a meeting?
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#2  Postby Scot Dutchy » Oct 23, 2015 11:26 am

Would never go. No point.
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#3  Postby Fallible » Oct 23, 2015 11:27 am

Seems like a nice idea. There's people there though, bit of a stumbling block for me.
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#4  Postby Scot Dutchy » Oct 23, 2015 11:31 am

I cant see the purpose of replacing one thing with another.
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#5  Postby Fallible » Oct 23, 2015 11:32 am

Mhm.
John Grant wrote:They say 'let go, let go, let go, you must learn to let go'.
If I hear that fucking phrase again, this baby's gonna blow
Into a million itsy bitsy tiny pieces, don't you know,
Just like my favourite scene in Scanners .
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#6  Postby Keep It Real » Oct 23, 2015 11:42 am

Scot Dutchy wrote:I cant see the purpose of replacing one thing with another.


I'd like the sense of community amongst fellow atheists. Fora are OK but you can't beat meeting up in the flesh.
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#7  Postby surreptitious57 » Oct 23, 2015 11:59 am

It sounds slightly middle class and pretentious but I suppose each to their own. How ever I would go
there although like Fall I do not like being in a public space with strangers. For then I might have to
start talking and once I start I just cannot stop. I would much prefer go to a death shop as that is so
much more interesting and my sort of thing. If there is one in Birmingham I will have to check it out
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#8  Postby Fallible » Oct 23, 2015 12:01 pm

I like the idea behind it, it seems nice and warm and welcoming in my head.
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#9  Postby Keep It Real » Oct 23, 2015 7:44 pm

I'd love to set one up in my town. Stick it right in religion's face....in their faces damnit!
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#10  Postby Fallible » Oct 23, 2015 8:08 pm

Do it!
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If I hear that fucking phrase again, this baby's gonna blow
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#11  Postby Keep It Real » Oct 23, 2015 8:42 pm

I really think I might. They've a rudimentary forum on the site but it's so quiet as to be mostly ineffective. I'd need a team....fuck it, I live in Cheltenham, in case I hadn't said that before. There's no forum for Cheltenham members but there is one for Gloucester but the last post was from 2013...
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#12  Postby Fallible » Oct 23, 2015 8:55 pm

In Liverpool there was an event for September, but it still says 'coming soon' now.
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#13  Postby Animavore » Oct 23, 2015 9:01 pm

I went to a couple of Atheist Ireland Secular Sunday meets, which was basically a trip to the pub.
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#14  Postby Keep It Real » Oct 23, 2015 9:05 pm

Animavore wrote:I went to a couple of Atheist Ireland Secular Sunday meets, which was basically a trip to the pub.


Yeah, man, there needs to be proper content....I heard they do communal singing at some meetings. And "lectures" speakers. And it shouldn't be in a pub ffs it must be a financial issue....gotta pay for a room.
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#15  Postby Calilasseia » Oct 23, 2015 10:34 pm

Personally, I think the last thing we need is any organisation that supernaturalists can misrepresent as purportedly constituting an "atheist church". It won't take long for the usual suspects to spin the usual duplicitous apologetics with regard to this.
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#16  Postby Scot Dutchy » Oct 24, 2015 9:27 am

Calilasseia wrote:Personally, I think the last thing we need is any organisation that supernaturalists can misrepresent as purportedly constituting an "atheist church". It won't take long for the usual suspects to spin the usual duplicitous apologetics with regard to this.


I agree Cali. Anything that has any vestige of a religious meeting especially on a Sunday will be called a religious meeting and part of a faith.
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#17  Postby Keep It Real » Oct 24, 2015 11:15 am

The first and foremost feature of the Sunday Assembly is that it is secular. Nobody could possibly confuse it with religion IMO.
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#18  Postby Calilasseia » Oct 24, 2015 12:20 pm

Correction. No-one honestly appraising the motivation for the organisation could do so. But supernaturalism is rife with dishonesty of the sort I've covered above, and as a corollary, I'd prefer not to provide fodder for said dishonesty.

The organisers of this could have made a big start in that direction, by not committing themselves to a particular day, rather, arranging the venues simply to be in convenient harmony with the outside commitments of the potential attendees. if that happens to be a Tuesday evening, so be it.
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#19  Postby Fallible » Oct 24, 2015 5:20 pm

I really couldn't care less. Certain individuals will lie about me whether there are atheist gatherings or not. If such things are enjoyable to people, they should have the opportunity to attend.
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Re: Sunday Assembly

#20  Postby Keep It Real » Oct 24, 2015 7:29 pm

Fallible wrote:I really couldn't care less. Certain individuals will lie about me whether there are atheist gatherings or not. If such things are enjoyable to people, they should have the opportunity to attend.


I love it when people say "couldn't care less" in it's correct form. :thumbup:

Besides, having it on a Sunday parodies religious (Christian) worship in such a very concise fashion.
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