sunday assembly

The Sunday Assembly

I was thrilled to get an email from the very lovely Pippa Evans, entertainer, writer and co-founder of Sunday Assembly.  She is a fan of the blog and asked if I would come down to London to speak at the Sunday Assembly at Conway Hall.

 

I’ll be honest, I had never heard of the Sunday Assembly and so went off to google and became really intrigued.  A church without God is what they offer.  A meeting of people who want to be a community, gather together, have good morals and teach love, joy and life.  An atheist church if you will.

 

I was brought up catholic, but as an adult I am an atheist.  I don’t believe there is a God though I do respect the beliefs of others.  I do go to church from time to time for weddings, christenings and funerals and I always remember that I did enjoy going to church, I like the community spirit, the idea of a big extended family, I like the singing, I like listening to sermons even if I don’t believe in the deity they speak of and so this Sunday Assembly sounded right up my street!

 

They have a motto;

  • 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.

 

I find this a really interesting idea and I am excited not only to be joining them to do my own talk, but to listen to others and taking part in the whole ‘mass’.  I love listening to talks and going to events, I adore listening to TED talks and watching documentaries and so this idea is appealing to me.

 

sam cleasby public speaker

 

I understand that this is a little contentious, it always is if you speak about religion even if you are talking about a lack of it.  People take offence and feel defensive of their belief systems, I get this, but The Sunday Assembly seems to be about good, about self improvement, community, helping others and living a better life.

 

I will be talking at Sunday Assembly London on 16th November from 11am, take a look at the event here.  All are welcome and the event is free.

 

Love Sam xxx

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