Minimum amount of control needed to make sure it doesn’t go wrong, … If someone starts sacrificing pets, it really pees in the pool for everyone. ~Sanderson Jones, GLOBAL POST, 03-Nov-13
After the inaugural event last December, the Sunday Assembly group in Portland is preparing for their second event on Sun. Feb 9th at 6 pm. Here is an event link with all the details: http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Sunday-Assembly/events/159760822 .
What is “Sunday Assembly?” It is a “godless congregation” that comes together to hear motivational and intellectual presentations as well as group sing-along. Sanderson Jones, one of the founders of the movement in the U.K., has described it as a “Church without the god bits” to give a quick mental picture of how it might be viewed. The absolute best way to learn what ”Sunday Assembly” really is and what it stands for, is by reading the official charter. This spells out what they are doing and why they are doing it. The charter can be found at this link:“Public Charter for the Sunday Assembly” http://sundayassembly.com/public-charter-for-the-sunday-assembly
Since the last inaugural event on Dec. 10, 2013, they have been meeting almost every Saturday to better know each other, and also for planning the next event. They are currently forming various committees and leadership positions as they work towards becoming a more solid organization. For example, they have committees for the event emcee, music, hospitality, outreach, etc. Coming up, they will also be having small group potlucks, dinners, etc. If you are interested in volunteering for working in a committee or hosting a small gathering at your house, let them know. A good way to get to know them is by attending their planning meetings. Check here for a listing for the next one: http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Sunday-Assembly .
Many Portland-area community, secular, and philosophical groups can also be found at meetup.com . For example, these are some of the groups that Portland has to offer:
— Sunday Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/kkc8nyw
— The Center for Philosophical Naturalism: http://tinyurl.com/l5j52kc
— Westside Science & Religion Disc.: http://tinyurl.com/bkmhdl5
— Center for Inquiry: http://tinyurl.com/mps923r
— Humanists of Greater Portland: http://tinyurl.com/kmbmt57
— Atheists Etcetera: http://tinyurl.com/nhjr3ha
— Philosophy Workshop: http://tinyurl.com/pzs4ajc