Attend an Assembly

Sunday Assembly Los Angeles is a godless community that meets monthly to hear great talks, connect for service projects, sing songs and generally celebrate life. Assemblies are free to attend, and everyone is welcome.

The second Sunday of each month
817 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA
11:00 am - 12:15
followed by a one hour social period

To see our past Assemblies and topics visit: sundayassemblyla.org/past_assemblies

  • February 14th Sunday Assembly

    Paul Svenson: "The Russians Gonna Get Me!"

    The cultural construction of “them and us” is as old as humanity. Today we live in an environment where fear, and often hatred, is associated with terrorism, beheadings, and the manufactured threat of our country falling under the influence of fundamentalist Sharia law. Paul tells his story of growing up in Los Angeles in the early 60s, when "the other” was the Soviet Union, and American families listened to tales of Soviet anti-Americanism and prepared for the fallout of Russia's ever growing arsenal of nuclear weapons. Hear Paul's riveting and insightful story of coming of age in a culture of air-raid sirens and fallout shelters while being raised in a home with compassionate parents who taught a message of reason and tolerance. 

    Paul Svenson is a career songwriter, songleader, music director, recording engineer/producer and audio video system designer. He was raised in Sherman Oaks and spent the better part of forty years in southern California as a professional church music director, itinerant song leader, business owner, husband and father. He lives in San Diego with his wife Wendy of 34 years. From there he operates his businesses PS Audio Video and Makin’ Music 101. Paul enjoys music, baseball, vintage instruments and recording equipment, family and friends. He is the resident songleader for Sunday Assembly San Diego. 

    With Guest musicians: Hunter & the Dirty Jacks

    Hunter & The Dirty Jacks are the band. Retro Fresh Rock & Roll is the sound. Fronted by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Ackerman, and anchored by Jon Siembieda and Carmelo Bonaventura on guitar, Aaron Barnes on bass, Brian Lara on drums, with Moana Avvenenti on vocals, they are a blues-infused rock and roll force not to be missed.

      

     

    Debuting Emcees: Hannah & Anthony Richards

    And Featuring Doing Our Best: Brittany DeVries

     This month we are collecting items for the Burbank Animal Shelter. They have requested food (Wellness and Evanger's brands preferred), beds, toys, and other items for dogs and cats. They also have Amazon Smile wishlists you can glance at for both dogs and cats(Don't forget to choose Sunday Assembly Los Angeles as your Amazon Smile designated charity!)  Bring your items to the assembly and we will get them delivered to the Burbank Animal Shelter.

    Join us to find your seat at 11 am, and at 11:10 am, on the dot, we will have great talks, live music and secular celebration. Stick around afterward for coffee and, if you're still game,lunch at the Oinkster across the street.

    Sunday Assembly is free of charge, and donations are gratefully accepted.

    Everyone is welcome. Free childcare provided.

    Complimentary parking is available onsite in our lot, and street parking is also free on Sundays.

    * Please note that our website is no longer accepting plus-ones for RSVPs. We ask that all adults RSVP individually or sign in at the Assembly. This ensures that you and your party can stay together while signing in, and it helps us improve our statistical data so we can keep working to improve the Sunday Assembly community. Thank you for your understanding. 

  • March 13th Sunday Assembly

    Craig Stark

    Dr. Craig Stark is a Professor for the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California - Irvine. His work has appeared in over 60 peer-reviewed publications and he has made appearances on Talk of the Nation: Science Friday (NPR), All Things Considered (NPR), and Midmorning (MPR).

    Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory: What Would It Mean to Remember Every Day of Your Life?

    A newly discovered memory phenomenon, Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), has caused us to re-examine our ideas about what the human mind is capable of remembering. People with this rare and fascinating ability can effortlessly span back through decades worth of information to retrieve autobiographical events with remarkable clarity, accuracy, and detail. Remarkably, their memory for non-autobiographical information and other cognitive skills are completely normal. This phenomenon raises many interesting questions, such as: 1) Is there a limit to how much can we hold in memory? 2) Is there a cost associated with have excellent recall of personal life events? 3) What strategies or processes are required for this memory ability? 4) Were these individuals born with this gift or was it acquired later on? 5) What brain regions are responsible for this phenomenon?

     

    With Guest musician: Andrew Kelsey

    Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Andrew Kelsey is native of Los Angeles.  Andrew is stylistically influenced by such artists as James Taylor, The Eagles, Sublime, and Dean Martin.  He is well versed in performing live as a solo acoustic artist, as well as with a full band.  His consummate objective is to facilitate spiritual, mental, emotional, and if even possible, physical healing through music.

    And "Assemblers Doing Our Best": Rosa Navas

    Join us at 11am for great talks, live music and secular celebration. Stick around afterward for coffee and, if you're still game, lunch at the Oinkster across the street.

    Sunday Assembly is free of charge, and donations are gratefully accepted.

    Everyone is welcome. Free childcare provided.

    Free parking is available in our onsite parking lot, and street parking is also free on Sundays.

    * Please note that our website is no longer accepting plus-ones for RSVPs. We ask that all adults RSVP individually or sign in at the Assembly. This ensures that you and your party can stay together while signing in, and it helps us improve our statistical data so we can keep working to improve the Sunday Assembly community. Thank you for your understanding. 

  • April 10th Sunday Assembly

    Join us at 11am for great talks, live music and secular celebration. Stick around afterward for coffee and, if you're still game, lunch at the Oinkster across the street.

    Sunday Assembly is free of charge, and donations are gratefully accepted.

    Everyone is welcome. Free childcare provided.

    Free parking is available in our onsite parking lot, and street parking is also free on Sundays.

    * Please note that our website is no longer accepting plus-ones for RSVPs. We ask that all adults RSVP individually or sign in at the Assembly. This ensures that you and your party can stay together while signing in, and it helps us improve our statistical data so we can keep working to improve the Sunday Assembly community. Thank you for your understanding. 

  • May 8th Sunday Assembly

    Join us at 11am for great talks, live music and secular celebration. Stick around afterward for coffee and, if you're still game, lunch at the Oinkster across the street.

    Sunday Assembly is free of charge, and donations are gratefully accepted.

    Everyone is welcome. Free childcare provided.

    Free parking is available in our onsite parking lot, and street parking is also free on Sundays.

    * Please note that our website is no longer accepting plus-ones for RSVPs. We ask that all adults RSVP individually or sign in at the Assembly. This ensures that you and your party can stay together while signing in, and it helps us improve our statistical data so we can keep working to improve the Sunday Assembly community. Thank you for your understanding.