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Sunday Assembly coming to Canberra

By johnboy - 11 November 2013 8

There’s a global thing going on called Sunday Assembly for people who want the community aspects of religion, without the religious bits.

And it’s coming to Canberra with the first meeting this 25 November.

Here’s the blurb from the local organisers:

Following the unprecedented success of The Sunday Assembly in London, a group of Canberrans are organising the Capital’s first godless congregation later this month on Monday 25 November, from 7.30 to 8.30pm at the Polish Club, 38 David Street,Turner.

The theme of the first Assembly is ‘Beginnings’, with British Comedian Sanderson Jones, co-founder of the Sunday Assembly giving an opening address. Randolph Sparks, ANU Academic and clinical psychologist will give a guest talk on “the beginner’s mind”. There’ll be singalong-able music, philosophical words to inspire, and many equally curious individuals to befriend. Oh and yes, there will be tea and cake and potentially even ping-pong!

This is what Sunday Assembly Canberra is about; it’s simply a community for people to meet regularly, to discuss how to live better, help often, and wonder aplenty.

Co-founder of Sunday Assembly Canberra Richie Merzian says “The Sunday Assembly Canberra aims to simply bridge a gap for individuals in modern society disillusioned with religion but who would like to have a better sense of community. We feel that this is especially relevant in a place like Canberra that can often feel transient and isolating for many individuals”.

Richie goes on to say “Churches did a great job of building community and creating camaraderie – something we want to replicate – just without the religion. We’re not out to un-convert people or prove an ideological viewpoint. For us, we simply want to provide a welcoming space for people, agnostic, atheist, religious or trapeze artists to come together to reflect on the themes of life and how to live it better”.

The Sunday Assembly was started in January 2013 in the UK by two comedians, Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans. It has accidently grown into a worldwide movement, which the Canberra chapter has just become a part of. Essentially the founders wanted to create a community that would build on the positive elements of the Christian church, such as a focus on community and altruism – but without the mandatory requirement to believe in the supernatural.

Sunday Assembly is structured around monthly meetings with set themes such as happiness, gratitude and harvest and involves readings, song, guest speakers, and of course, tea and cake. Free ticket/s to attend the inaugural assembly can be found here: http://sundayassemblyact-eorg.eventbrite.com.au/

Contact Details

For more information on the Sunday Assembly Canberra and to discuss media opportunities, please contact Rahul Prasad at sundayassemblycanberra@gmail.com or call 040 726 7643.

For general information on the Sunday Assembly visit www.sundayassembly.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyCanberra

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8 Responses to
Sunday Assembly coming to Canberra
Masquara 4:07 pm 15 Nov 13

I’ll release my ticket back! What a pair of narcissists!

maxblues 1:09 pm 15 Nov 13

poetix said :

maxblues said :

MrPC said :

I just love how this event sold out (if you can call it sold out since it’s free) days ago, two weeks before it happened. Who’d have thought a non-theist church would be so popular?

Like the Beatles, more popular than Jesus.

Some churches are packed too! You don’t have to book, either.

It may be of interest to note that the Polish Club was blessed in 1973 by His Eminence Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, who went on to a certain high position. I am not Catholic, but it is interesting to think that a future Pope visited O’Connor. That must have been a wonderful thing for many in the local Polish community.

Q. What do Wolf Blass and Pope Benedict XVI have in common?
A. They were both members of the Hitler Youth Movement.
I wonder if either have invaded the Polish Club like the Chaser boys (dressed as Nazis/Hitler) once did.

poetix 12:04 pm 15 Nov 13

maxblues said :

MrPC said :

I just love how this event sold out (if you can call it sold out since it’s free) days ago, two weeks before it happened. Who’d have thought a non-theist church would be so popular?

Like the Beatles, more popular than Jesus.

Some churches are packed too! You don’t have to book, either.

It may be of interest to note that the Polish Club was blessed in 1973 by His Eminence Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, who went on to a certain high position. I am not Catholic, but it is interesting to think that a future Pope visited O’Connor. That must have been a wonderful thing for many in the local Polish community.

maxblues 10:51 am 15 Nov 13

MrPC said :

I just love how this event sold out (if you can call it sold out since it’s free) days ago, two weeks before it happened. Who’d have thought a non-theist church would be so popular?

Like the Beatles, more popular than Jesus.

MrPC 10:23 am 15 Nov 13

I just love how this event sold out (if you can call it sold out since it’s free) days ago, two weeks before it happened. Who’d have thought a non-theist church would be so popular?

maxblues 6:32 pm 11 Nov 13

I prefer to worship the Sun god in the Beer Garden of Eden and will travel even further for a good Sunday session (eg. The Cherry Bar, ACDC Lane, Melbourne on Sunday 24 November).

JesterNoir 12:18 pm 11 Nov 13

Being one of those who was forced to go to church as a child, but deciding (when I finally had a voice to choose) that the I had quite strong views about the existence (or lack thereof) of a God;
I have often missed the community that goes with being part of a church. There are so many good things about being a part of a church family; The celebrations, the camps, the dinners, the fireworks nights with soup in a cup, the grape juice and honey cakes at Easter and water-fights every Christmas at the rectory. The community spirit of making the world into a better place.
I have wished for a long time that if/when I had a family of my own there was a way to bring my children into such a family culture, but without any of the indoctrination and dogma that goes with it.

I sincerely hope this goes ahead, and am very keen on attending.

poetix 11:41 am 11 Nov 13

Strange, I like the god bits of church but could do without the chat. Or sometimes even the people…(-: I hope to become an eccentric recluse by the time I am really old, living in a cave somewhere. Tea and chat and ‘singalong-able’ music sounds like an absolute nightmare. And what is it with the ping-pong?

Now I’m going to listen to Mozart’s Requiem. What’s the non-religious equivalent of that?

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