Sunday Assembly NYCThe Sunday Assembly, New York City’s wildly popular new godless congregation, s back by popular demand and making history this weekend by hosting Charles Darwin's great-great grandson, Matthew Chapman, who is Charles Darwin’s great-great grandson. Chapman is also a noted screenwriter/director (2011’s “The Ledge”), author of “Trials of the Monkey” and “40 Days and 40 Nights”, and founder of ScienceDebate.org, a national campaign to encourage science debates between presidential candidates. Author of “The Citizen Lobbyist” Amanda Knief will also address the “congregation.” Hosting the event this month is NY Regional Director for American Atheists and co-director of the documentary “Refusing My Religion” Michael Dorian.
Sunday Assembly is about engaging talks within a full-on-fun and “spirited” show. SA’s live house band plays sing-a-longs to rocking tunes everyone knows and loves. And it’s all taking place in a bikini bar near Times Square, for now at least...
The first one last month was a smash hit and received media attention in The NY Daily News, Patheos’ Daylight Atheism, A-News, and Salon, among others. Who knew there were so many nonbelievers (and “faith fence-sitters”) in NYC who wanted to partake of something greater than themselves while growing the secular movement and having a Bloody Mary on a Sunday morning? Has the time indeed come for this community?
Victor Hugo said: “There’s no stopping an idea whose time has come” and this might just be the perfect time for the emergence of a Sunday Assembly, especially here in NYC where anything’s possible.
The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that’s part atheist church, part-foot stomping show, and 100% celebration of being alive. The motto: live better, help often and wonder more.
Pretty positive stuff for a bunch of nonbelievers, although everyone is welcome, regardless of one’s religious beliefs, or lack thereof.
Sunday Assembly NYC will also take part in volunteer activities linked to NY Cares; a cancer fundraiser is planned, as is a day to teach New Yorkers of any age to ride a bicycle, all while injecting as much joy and compassion into the everyday as possible, because SA believes that all humans have is the here and now — so why not make the best of it?
Founded in London in January 2013, The Sunday Assembly picked up global media attention (The Guardian, The New York Times, the BBC, The Australian, Le Monde, or Der Spiegel), and received hundreds of emails asking for religion-free gatherings. In order to meet this demand, an expansion plan called Sunday Assembly Everywhere was created. It has taken off in NYC and there are plans for many more.