Past Assemblies

  • March 12th Sunday Assembly

    Can an old brain learn new tricks? Can you change and rewire your brain? Dr. Craig Stark returns to talk about “brain training" the problems with commercial products and show that yes, you’re continually rewiring your brain with the experiences you have. You'll hear fascinating data on how playing big, immersive 3D video games actually improves memory performance. Come explore the best ways to expose yourself to new things and alter your brain in potentially beneficial ways.

    Sarah and Ryan Sandberg host.

     

    Paul Svenson returns to bring the music all the way from SA San Diego.

    This month we'll be collecting new and gently used items on behalf of Baby2Baby. Baby2Baby works with homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs, and children’s hospitals to provide low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.

    Items that are urgently needed include: 

    • Diaper bags
    • Books
    • Arts & Crafts supplies 
    • Hygiene Products (Toothpaste, Shampoo, Bodywash)
    • Infant/Toddler Toys (0-3 years)
    • First Aid Kits/Items

    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.

    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. 

  • February 12th Sunday Assembly

     

    As technologies are changing rapidly and the political landscape and cyber security regulations in the US and abroad are in constant flux, many are becoming more concerned worried what they say and do online and on their mobile devices are being watched. Hannah Howard, Digital Security Specialist will give an overview of how technologies leave us vulnerable, and offer some basic tools you can use to protect yourself and your loved ones.

    Hannah Howard is a senior developer and tech generalist with over 15 years experience in programming and other technical fields. Prior to programming, Hannah worked for 10 years in the non-profit sector in Los Angeles, specializing in LGBT advocacy and community organizing. Hannah returned to coding in 2012, and brings her passion and experience from community organizing to helping new programmers get up to speed on technical topics.

     

    with music from Andrew Kelsey (Uncle Charlie)

    Ian Dodd and Marsha Swallow Host! Julie Williams is trying her best. 

    For Valentine's Day, we'll be collecting donations straight from the heart, in the form of ... blood. The Cedar Sinai Bloodmobile will be onsite in the parking lot, with reception set up in the lobby, from 9am- 2:30pm. If you plan to donate blood, please consider arriving early (especially if you are also volunteering!), as it does take some time, and there is usually a rush just after the Assembly.

    (We regret that FDA guidelines continue to uphold a non-evidence based policy that doesn’t allow all our members to donate, and we thank everyone who can or would like to donate life-saving blood.)

    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.

    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. 

  • Sunday Assembly at LogiCAL

    Start 2017 off right, with TWO Assemblies in January. Just one week after our regularly scheduled secular gathering in Hollywood, Sunday Assembly LA is joining the star-studded cast of LogiCAL at the Hyatt LAX. 

     

    LogiCAL is Los Angeles's only annual con for skeptics and features speakers Sean Carroll, Harriett Hall, Eugenie Scott, Seth Andrews and so much more. SALA is kicking off Sunday's lineup with an all-stars Assembly 9-10am. You can attend the Assembly for free, but we strongly encourage you to register for the conference and catch all the speakers and after-hours events. 

     SALA highlights include:

    Jean Franzblau, speaker, educator and founder of the Cuddle Sanctuary

    Alternative Folk Pop Sensation Streetlight Cadence

    More!

     

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

    Everyone is welcome. 

    * +1 RSVPs are enabled on this event

    * If you'd like to attend any portion of the conference in addition to Sunday Assembly, you'll need to register separately on their website: http://logicalla.com/blog1/register-2/

    Parking for LogiCAL guests is half priced ($15) or you can find metered parking on surrounding streets.
     
    Anyone not staying for the remainder of the conference day is invited to join us at Panera Bread for brunch afterwards at 8647 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (Free parking on site)
  • January 8th Sunday Assembly

     David Misch, Comedy Writer

    The Shame of Satire

    George Carlin said “It’s the duty of a comedian to find out where the line is… then step over it.” David Misch (Mork and Mindy, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Saturday Night Live, Funny: The Book) looks at satire and how it works, with a little help from Samantha Bee, Groucho Marx, Key & Peele, Richard Pryor and Stephen Colbert.

    *This month's speaker will be tackling the darker, more controversial side of comedy, which includes content that might not be suitable for all audiences, including race, sex, and sexual assault. Please take care and contact us with any questions.*

    Shelley Segal returns to lead music!

    Jeff Sargeant is Trying his Best.

    Meredith and James Henderson host!

    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.

    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. 

  • December 11th Sunday Assembly

    Terry McGlynn

    How do we know what we know? How can we leave room to challenge dogmatic thinking and arrive at new conclusions?

    Terry McGlynn will speak about "Unknown Unknowns," those moments when observation challenges accepted scientific wisdom, and how major paradigm shifts in scientific thinking--and our own minds--can occur. 

    A tropical biologist who does research to solve the biological mysteries involving ants and rainforests, Terry is a professor of biology at Cal State Dominguez Hills and a research associate of the Natural History Museum of LA. His blog is Small Pond Science.

     

    Musical guests Hunter and the Dirty Jacks return!

    Keith Swallow is doing his best.

    Introducing Daniel Algazy and Sara McGuire as hosts.

    We'll be collecting new unwrapped children's toys on behalf of Children's Hospital LA and you can always bring food for Westside Food Bank. Thank you for your generosity!

    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.

    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. 

  • November 13th Sunday Assembly

     

    Renewable Energy

    Paul Scott

    Paul Scott, a lifelong environmental advocate, co-founded Plug In America in 2005 to galvanize support and advocate for the manufacture of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids that reduce America’s dependence on petroleum, boost America's economy, and improve the global environment. Paul will give us the score on switching to renewable energy and electric transportation.

    With music from Shelley Segal!

    A gaggle of Assemblers perform The Lorax.

    Sunday Assembly founder Pippa Evans is Doing her Best from London!

    Darrin Butters and Ross Blocher (Oh No Ross and Carrie!) host!

    And people are wishing us joining us live online from around the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_QvUrLL2hY

    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.

    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. 

  • October 9th Sunday Assembly

     

    After Life: Making Choices about End of Life

    Joe Barnes,

    Outreach Manager for Compassion & Choices CA

     It's a fact of this one incredible life we have that it is finite, and it falls to the living to contemplate mortality and loss, support each other through grief and, at times, make difficult and compassionate choices about how we and our loved ones face that end.

    On June 9th 2016 the California End of Life Option Act went into effect, authorizing medical aid in dying for the almost 40 million people who call California home. Come learn more about this new option, who it's for, and how the Compassion & Choices Access Campaign is helping to ensure equitable access to patient center end of life care for all Californians. Joe Barnes is an experienced political organizer and was instrumental in organizing the effort to get this law passed and now works with communities and volunteers across the state to provide comprehensive education. Joe's interest in engaging this issue came after caring for his own father at the end of his life and seeing the disconnect that often exists between the care people want and what they receive.

    In celebration and memory...

    In honor of the day and of our lost loved ones, we'll have our own secular memorial table. Please bring pictures of loved ones you'd like to memorialize and/or flowers, notes or other tributes. We will also have paper and art supplies where you can add the names of those whose lives you would like to commemorate.

    with music from Andrew Kelsey

    and Ian Dodd is doing his best

    Introducing: Meredith Henderson and Matt Rockel as hosts!

    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.

    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. 

     

  • September 11th Sunday Assembly

    ***Content Notice: Talk contains explicit information about anatomy and sex.***

    Shedding Shame: Sex, Stigma and our Human Bodies

    Did you know that in a recent study, 29% of college age women were unable to correctly locate the clitoris on a diagram? This Sunday, Kait Scalisi, MPH, will tackle taboos and dispel myths about what goes on "down there." She'll talk about realities of anatomy they're shying away from teaching in health class, and explain why staying silent on the subject of female anatomy and pleasure leads to shame and difficulty communicating clearly about consent and health, while honest discussion empowers people to live better through stronger partnerships with others, their bodies and themselves. 

     

    with Paul Svenson and the Warblers!

    Sarah and Ryan Sandberg Host!

    We'll be collecting nonperishable food items on behalf of the Westside Food Bank. For a complete list, please check here

    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.

    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. 

  • August 14th Sunday Assembly

    Reading, Writing and Rocket Science: Scientific Literacy for the Next Generation

    An understanding of fundamental scientific principals and concepts is critical, not just for those in or entering the scientific community, but for all members of an engaged society. As we are asked to weigh in on an increasing number of issues with some connection to science and technology—either by means of public opinion or through the ballot box—it is important that our opinions are rooted in an understanding of scientific thought and fact. The focus of this talk will be the importance of scientific and technological literacy in society. We will discuss these issues and how steps are being taken to ensure current and future generations are being provided with these skills.

    Lyle Tavernier

    Lyle Tavernier is an Educational Technology Specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He specializes in integrating technology into classroom instruction and providing STEM education through distance learning technologies. Lyle has presented at AIAA Space, ISTE, GSA, NSTA, CSTA and CUE conferences on the topics of distance learning and STEM education. Prior to his work at NASA, Lyle was a classroom teacher, instructional technology coach, new teacher mentor, science fair coordinator, and a gifted and talented education coordinator. Lyle is a credentialed teacher and holds a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Science in Geosciences.

    With Guest Performer: David Huntsberger

    David Huntsberger is a stand-up comedian who hosted SyFy’s late night comedy clip show REACTOR, and whose voice you might recognize from his weekly podcast Professor Blastoff with Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan or his new podcast The Space Cave. He has released three CDs, with the two most recent through Stand-Up Records. Humanitis, released in 2011, was named #1 on the Serious Comedy Site’s year end list. His most recent CD, Explosion Land, debuted in the top 15 of the iTunes comedy charts and deals largely with human evolution, technology, and beliefs. In his free-time, he enjoys drawing comics and animation – which can be seen at his website www.davidhuntsberger.com

    And Doing Our Best with Jenny Chieu

     

    Amy Boyle and Ryan Sandberg Co-host!

    Item Drive: Travelsize New Toiletry Items for the Sunday Assembly Line Care Kits Project

    In our ongoing efforts to #helpfoten in our community, we will be partnering again with the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition to distribute care kits as a part of their evening meal. We have bags leftover from our last program, but need more toiletry items. To help, you can bring travel sized items for this project OR make a purchase from our Amazon wishlist. Needed items include shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, toothbrushes, and more. Please only include new and unopened items. Thank you!!

    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.

    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. 

  • July 10th Sunday Assembly

     

    "The Woman Who Changed Space and Time"

    Dr. Sabrina Stierwalt

    Dr. Sabrina Stierwalt, extragalactic astrophysicist and host of the podcast Everyday Einstein, works on ALMA, the largest telescope in the world and was named a 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO’s Women in Science fellow. Dr. Stierwalt will share some little-known stories about women in science whose discoveries are the foundation for our understanding of space and time today and she'll talk about how including diverse points of view makes us all stronger. 

    With Guest Band: The Evangenitals

    Imagine if Johnny Cash, Bob Marley and Joan of Arc were one woman. Now, imagine that woman gathering a band of eclectic musicians on a crusade to expand the bounds of Country music. The Evangenitals, founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee are an alt-country/Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure. On a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking hearts open, they are a genre-bending, ever-creating force of nature.

    Ron Placone returns to Sunday Assembly for a short performance comedy set. Ron hosts the nationally-syndicated radio show, Indie Bohemians, has been featured on SiriusXM and TMZ, is part of the Young Turks Network, and tours the country as both a speaker and stand-up. As an academic, Ron has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric.

    Guest Performer: Ron Placone

     

     And Doing Our Best with Shawn Shih

     Ross Blocher and Darrin Butters return to Co-Host!

     

    We will be hosting a blood drive on this date. Cedars-Sinai will be set up in our parking lot from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm.

    Please come early and RSVP here if plan to donate. Walk-ins will also be taken, but RSVPs help us plan.

    Our Item Drive this month is for The Academy Project

    They request school supplies of all kinds, especially journals for their programs dedicated to changing educational outcomes for foster youth in Los Angeles.

    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.

    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. 

  • June 19th Sunday Assembly

    Special June Schedule: 3rd Sunday instead of 2nd!

    "Maximizing Potential:

    Building Resilience in Children, Families, and Communities"

    Why do some people thrive no matter what life throws at them while others crumble under the seemingly smallest adversity? From genetics to relationships to culture, Dr. Christensen will discuss the various factors that influence the fragility and magnitude of human potential. Come discover what over 60 years of research on resilience across the lifespan reveals about what helps us overcome obstacles of all sizes. Explore how we can take this information and apply it to our daily lives – to better ourselves, our children, and our communities.  

    Jacquelyn Christensen

    Dr. Christensen received her Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Her research areas of interest include sensory processing, self-regulation, resilience, and the biopsychosocial implications of trauma, with a focus on non-suicidal self-injury in early adolescence, as well as meta-emotion and parent-child interaction in toddlers.

     

    With Guest Musician: Shelley Segal

    Shelley flirts with elements of jazz, folk, pop, blues, reggae and electronica, imparting a pure joy about music and its power. “Truly an artist with international flair” (AU review) her powerful voice has taken her around Australia, Hong Kong, China, England and eight tours of the United States. She has performed to festival crowds of over 30,000 people. An artist, an activist and an explicit storyteller, Shelley uses her music not only to express the way she sees the world, but to create the world that she wants to see.

      

    And Short Performance with Brian Felsen

    And Doing Our Best with Mike Monte

    Ross Blocher and Darrin Butters Co-Host!

    Please bring clothing for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. You can view a full donation list HERE. 

    Collection Drive: Los Angeles LGBT Center

    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.

    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

    "The Deeper Hunger in America"

    Every day in America, 10,000 people turn 70, and many of them look in the mirror and wonder, "How did I get so lost along the way?" And, everyday across the country, tens of thousands of people volunteer, looking in small part, for a way to feel more connected to their community, each other, and themselves. For almost 30 years, Robert Egger has been working to open doors, light beacons, and re-introduce people to their true selves, first through his work at the legendary D.C. Central Kitchen, and now at his latest effort, the L.A. Kitchen. Join him for a deep dive into the real hunger issue in America . . . the hunger to be connected.

    Robert Egger of the LA Kitchen

    Robert is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, which recovers locally sourced, cosmetically imperfect fruits and vegetables to fuel a culinary arts job training program for men and women coming out of foster care and older men and women returning from incarceration. Founded in 2013, L.A. Kitchen is now located in a 20,000 sq. ft., two–level, processing kitchen, located in NE Los Angeles. L.A. Kitchen operates Strong Food, a wholly owned, for ­profit subsidiary that hires training program graduates and competes for food service contracts, with an emphasis on opportunities to serve healthy senior meals. Robert pioneered this model during his 24 year tenure as the President of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen.” Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen (which is a $11 million a year, self­-sustaining, social enterprise) has produced over 30 million meals and helped 1,500 men and women gain full time employment.

    In addition, Robert founded CForward, an advocacy organization that promoted the economic role that nonprofits play in every community. Currently, Robert serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Phoenix Foods USA, the Philanthropic Collaborative, and Chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen. He also serves on the Advisory Board for numerous social enterprise and food justice organizations, including Food Shift and The Food Recovery Network. Robert’s book on the non­profit sector, Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All, was released in 2004 by HarperCollins. It received the 2005 McAdam Book Award for “Best Nonprofit Management Book” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Robert was included in the Non-Profit Times list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential” nonprofit leaders from 2006 - ­2009. He was the recipient of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2007 “Lifetime Achievement” award and the 2004 James Beard Foundation “Humanitarian of the Year” award. Robert has been named an Oprah Angel, a Washingtonian of the Year, a Point of Light, a Food Hero by Food Tank, a REAL Food Innovator by the US Healthful Food Council, and one of the Ten Most Caring People in America by the Caring Institute. 

    With Guest Musician: Paul Svenson

    Short Performance by Comedian, Shelagh Ratner

    And Doing Our Best with Matt Rockel

    Margot Page & Gina Kirkland Co-host! 

    Don't Miss Our Mother's Day Mimosa Fundraiser

    We will be setting up a mimosa station in the assembly with complimentary mimosas for moms and donations/tips requested from everyone else with all funds going directly to Sunday Assembly Line after expenses are covered. Please bring cash and tip generously. (Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available at the mimosa station.)

    Please bring non-perishable items for the Westside Food Bank, battling food insecurity and hunger in Los Angeles. You can view a full donation list HERE. 

    Collection Drive: Westside Food Bank

    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.

    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

    "Rebels with a Cause"

    Featuring "How Satan Brings Us Closer to a More Just and Compassionate World"

    with Ali Kellog & William Morrison from The Satanic Temple

    Members of The Satanic Temple (T.S.T.) do not actually believe in Satan. Instead, they use the literary Lucifer as a satirical tool to promote egalitarian, secular values and push back against encroachment on the separation of church and state. Why Satan? They are joining us to answer just that question.

    In their own words ... "It’s the question members of T.S.T. are constantly asked. For us, the image of Satan represents the ultimate rebel. The outsider. In Christianity, Lucifer was the archangel cast out of heaven for defiance and questioning authority. This metaphor resonates strongly with our identity as individuals and as an organization. When confronted with religious extremism and those who envision America as a theocracy, members of T.S.T. attempt to serve as mirrors, quietly asserting our humanist stance and generally causing our detractors to fly into a frenzy when faced with a simple indefensible argument supported by the first amendment. It’s a risky venture. The imagery we use alienates a lot of people, but at the end of the day it works."

    In the short time T.S.T. has been around they have won some major battles for the secular movement and garnered a great deal of support from the international press. Even CNN has come out in support of T.S.T. and its mission. During their talk, they will speak about the seven tenets of the Satanic Temple and why they choose to identify with the image of Satan as individuals and as an organization.

    They will also update the assembly on current actions that are happening with T.S.T. nationally, in the realm of 1st amendment rights and women’s reproductive rights and provide an overview of the development of the L.A. chapter of T.S.T. and their future plans.

    At Sunday Assembly, we understand that the word "Satan" is provocative, but we feel this talk is both timely and relevant to anyone invested in the separation of church and state. If you have any questions or concerns before the Assembly, we are happy to answer them. You can reach us at: info@sundayassemblyla.org

    About Ali Kellog: Ali Kellog is an archaeologist, musician, writer, visual artist and activist. She studied anthropology at UCLA and conducted research on ancient Mayan agricultural and religious practices in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. A seasoned musician, DJ and artist, she has recorded, toured, and performed with various acts including Father John Misty, Jeffertitti’s Nile, Ahkiyyini, Lumerians, Benson & Stabler, and her solo project Sister Calypso. She has worked with Playing For Change, a non-profit organization and multi-media music project which brings music schools to impoverished youth around the world. She also regularly works with the ChangeFire orphanages in Mexico, installing solar panels and providing education for the children. She currently works as an educator at a Holocaust museum in L.A., primarily teaching children and teenagers about genocide, racism, and social activism.

    About William Morrison: Morrison is a Canadian born Grammy nominated Filmmaker and Musician.He's forged a long standing relationship with the West Coast industrial music scene and became a member of the pioneering activist band Skinny Puppy. In tandem with his musical career he embarked on a decade of producing and directing culinary, action reality television and documentaries all over the globe for Food Network, History, Discovery, Travel, MTV, BBC and more. William has worked extensively with Native and Inuit peoples from Wounded Knee to the high Arctic, working with the Nisga’a tribe to create an audio visual data base to preserve their dying language for future generations. Most importantly, living in Los Angeles, he’s the devoted single parent of two amazing kids.

    With guest musician: Voices of Reason

    Voices of Reason is an a cappella group supported by Atheists United, catering specifically to atheist/agnostic/humanist singers and audiences. They select music that reflects those values, whether it's about religion, human virtues, or even edgy comedy. They do take new members, so whether you've been in a choir, musical theater, or even if you can't read music but can hold a note, come talk to us afterwards or go to voicesofreason.net to join our meetup group www.meetup.com/VoicesOfReason. Our meetings are in Echo Park, about twice a month for two hours.

    James Witker is "Doing his Best"

     

    Collection Drive: Baby 2 Baby

    Please bring new and VERY GENTLY used items for children 0 - 12 including: clothing, toys, beds, cribs, diapers, wipes, school supplies, car seats, carriers, maternity clothing, breast pumps, monitors, shoes, and more. You can see a full donation list HERE.

    Ian Dodd and Chole Rivera host!

    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.

    ****SPECIAL EVENT*****

    Immediately following the Assembly is Sunday Assembly Line, from 12:30-2pm, is a fast, fun and friendly service where we put together care kits for the homeless. Join us! RSVP HERE. You can donate to the Sunday Assembly Line service project HERE

     

    The Sunday Assembly Line (2!)

     

     

    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. 

  • March 13th Sunday Assembly

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

    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).

    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.

     

     

     

    With Short Performance by Comedian: Matt Kirshen

     

    And "Assemblers Doing Our Best": Rosa Navas

     

    Amy Boyle and Ryan Sandberg host!

    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.

    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. 

  • 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

    Featuring Doing Our Best: Brittany DeVries

    And Short Performance: Sava Ellis

     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. 

  • January 10th Sunday Assembly

    Planets, Planets Everywhere!

    Scientists have been hunting for and finding planets outside our Solar System (called Exoplanets) for well over 3 decades. Since its launch in 2009, the Kepler mission has dramatically increased the number of known exoplanets – and also discovered many that are at the right distance from their star to be in the “habitable zone.” Kepler’s findings have allowed scientists to draw some conclusions about how common planets are in our Galaxy and the Universe. Come learn about these exciting discoveries!

    Tracy Drain, Flight Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

    Tracy Drain is a Flight Systems Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. In her 15 years at JPL, she has participated in the development and operation of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (now in orbit at Mars), Kepler (a mission that searched for new Exoplanets in our galaxy), and Juno (which is currently on its way to Jupiter, slated to arrive in July 2016). In parallel with her ongoing work on Juno operations, she is currently the Supervisor for the Flight System Systems Engineering Group, providing guidance and oversight to other engineers who support a variety of JPL missions.

    With Guest musicians: Streetlight Cadence

    Streetlight Cadence is a four-piece Alternative Folk Pop band that started on the streets of historic Waikiki. What began as a means to pay for groceries has now turned into a full-time career for this group of friends. The band has spent the last six years honing their craft as songwriters and entertainers. Although they came from a strict classical background of musical performance, the men of Streetlight Cadence are anything but your typical quartet. Now based out of Southern California, none are safe from your friendly neighborhood busking band. 

    And "Assemblers Doing Our Best" Brian Felsen

    This month we are collecting winter clothing and toiletry items for Safe Place for Youth. This link has details on items you can purchase on Amazon Smile (don't forget to choose Sunday Assembly Los Angeles as your Amazon Smile designated charity!) and details the kind of gently used and new items that are helpful for homeless youth in Los Angeles. Bring your items to the assembly and we will get them delivered to Safe Place.

    Join us at 11 am 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 at around 1:30 pm.

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

    Everyone is welcome. Free childcare provided.

    Complimentary parking is available on site 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. 

  • December 13 Sunday Assembly

    Nahtahna Cabanes, Community Outreach Coordinator, CASA Los Angeles

    Fostering Hope in the Foster Care System

    There are over 30,000 children under the jurisdiction of the LA Country dependency system. Many have been removed from their homes and find themselves in the complicated world of the foster care system. Ms. Cabanes will share stories of the system’s efforts to reduce and reverse the effects of child abuse and neglect to ensure these children can thrive.  

    Nahtahna Cabanes has dedicated her life to advancing equity through education and advocacy. She received a Master’s Degree from Tufts University in the Social and Cultural Construction of Middle Ages and a second Master’s in Social Work from UCLA with a focus on Community and Policy Setting. As a Bohnett Fellow she served Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa in his Office of Education working to push forward progressive education reform. She is currently a foster youth advocate for CASA of Los Angeles working to uncover and challenge the structural policies that affect the conditions of the classroom in order to promote lasting change.

    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.

    Complimentary parking is available on site 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. 

  • November 8th Sunday Assembly

    Dr. Foad Dizadji-Bahmani, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Cal State LA

    Where Science meets Science Fiction

    The idea that there are "parallel" universes, other universes where, for example, there are "copies" of us, is certainly popular in science fiction. But a variety of physicists and philosophers also think that there really are such parallel universes. No, but really! In this talk I set out three different kinds of "parallel" universes --  1) the Multiverse hypothesis in cosmology; 2) the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics; and 3) Modal Realism in philosophy. I shall compare the various pictures of reality that they give us and explain the motivation for each.

    With Guest Musicians . . . . Streetlight Cadence

     

    Streetlight Cadence is a four-piece Alternative Folk Pop band that started on the streets of historic Waikiki. What began as a means to pay for groceries has now turned into a full-time career for this group of friends. The band has spent the last six years honing their craft as songwriters and entertainers. Although they came from a strict classical background of musical performance, the men of Streetlight Cadence are anything but your typical quartet. Now based out of Southern California, none are safe from your friendly neighborhood busking band. 

     

    This November marks our community's second anniversary! We'll celebrate with hugs and high fives, and ice cream we'll make on site, courtesy of our speaker Dr. Foad Dizadji-Bahmani. 

    We're also collecting care kit items this month: card games, books, snacks (not chocolate) and personal letters. Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, has requested 15 care packages for Humanists and about 100 more that they can distribute to others. Humanist books and literature are welcome for the Humanist care packages only. 

    After the Assembly, we'll assemble a little longer to put together care kits and write letters for Humanist servicemen and women. 

    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. 

  • October 11th Sunday Assembly

    Ron Placone, speaker, radio personality and comedian

    Madness in the Message: Start Talking

    How is a for-profit media affecting democracy, and what can we do about it? Speaker, radio personality and comedian Ron Placone joins us on October 11th to help us challenge the way “we the people” interact with news and the corporate media.

    Since launching Madness in June of 2012, Ron has performed for colleges, advocacy groups, and enjoyed several sold-out theater shows. Ron hosts the syndicated radio show and podcast, Indie Bohemians, in Nashville, TN, is part of The Young Turks Network on YouTube, and tours the country as both a Media Policy Speaker and stand-up comedian. In his academic life, Ron’s been published in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric and occasionally serves as Adjunct Faculty at Nashville State Community College.

    Paul Svenson, the fabulous songleader for Sunday Assembly San Diego, is our musical guest, and Gina Kirkland and Amy Boyle MC. 

    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.

    * 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. 

  • September 13th Sunday Assembly

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    Jean Franzblau, speaker, actor, sex-positive educator

    The Power of Touch

    Touch deprivation is linked to measurable increases in stress, sleep problems, a compromised immune system and cardiovascular disease. This means that touch is a powerful weapon in the arsenal for good health. In this affirming talk, we’ll explore why this issue is at near epidemic levels in our country and what each of us can do to take care of our need for Vitamin T.

    About Jean Franzblau

    Jean has worked internationally as a seminar leader and coach to inspire people to reach their highest potential. She teaches workshops on sexual esteem and women’s empowerment. Jean graduated cum laude with a BA in communications from UCLA and has 18 years experience with the 12-step model of recovery.

     

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    Coming back for an encore is Voices of Reason, the secular choir that includes several of our Assemblers, to lead us in celebratory song!

    And you probably know them as the friendliest faces around SALA and the leads on every manner of volunteer teams, but this Sunday you'll see Ryan and Sarah Sandberg as MCs!

    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.

  • August 9th Sunday Assembly

    The Science of Happiness

    Dr. Jessica Cail returns to talk about the latest psychological and neurological research on happiness. Learn the science-based steps we can take every day to help ourselves and each other remain playful, mindful and generous ... and live better!

     Live Music

    Hunter and the Dirty Jacks will keep us moving with the kind of Rockin Blues that make you smile. 

    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.

  • July 12th Sunday Assembly

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     Amplifying Our Values

    When we gather in community with like-minded people, people who share our values and vision for a better world, we motivate, encourage and inspire each other to fulfill those aspirations in a way that we never could by ourselves.  In the words of our guest, Bart Campolo, "together we amplify our values."

    For the July Assembly, we're going explore how we can turn up the volume on our values so that, to borrow a line from the classic movie, This is Spinal Tap, "these go to 11!"

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    This month, we welcome Bart Campolo to be a part of Sunday Assembly Los Angeles as our guest curator and speaker.  Bart is a master of bridging ideological differences as the humanist chaplain at both USC and UCLA.  Coming from a 25+ year career as a pastor and community-builder, Bart has a unique perspective on Sunday Assembly's tagline "all the best bits of church, without the religion, and awesome pop songs" that he'll be sharing with us that day.

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    Join us this month for a little different kind of Assembly,

    co-hosted by Ian Dodd, a SALA regular.   

     

    Afterwards, stay for refreshments and fellowship and, if you're still game, lunch at the Oinkster across the street.

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

    Everyone is welcome. Free childcare provided.

  • June 14th Sunday Assembly

    "The Anthropology of Laughter"

    Studies have shown that we emit some variation of the exclamation “Ha!” dozens a time each day, yet few of those laughs are about anything funny. From laughter’s prehistoric origins (probably in a scream) to biologists tickling rats (yes, there's video), this talk will take a look at laughter’s hidden complexity and, as a free bonus, explain how to achieve transcendence through fart jokes.

    On June 14th, comedy writer David Misch (Mork & MindyShe Spies) will share these and other seriously funny insights into "The Anthropology of Laughter." 

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    We also welcome a new musical guest to Sunday Assembly, Mr. James Lee Stanley.  James has been recording since the age of 14 and has played with such greats as Bonnie Raitt, Robin Williams and Chick Corea.

    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.

    * 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 3rd Sunday Assembly

    [DATE CHANGE for May: because Mother's Day falls on our regular 2nd Sunday, this month we're pulling the Assembly up by a week to May 3rd.]

    "Born Together; Reared Apart"

    Author and prestigious twin researcher Dr. Nancy Segal will present an overview of the landmark Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart, its origins, methods, findings, implications and controversies. 

    Twins separated at birth are endlessly fascinating and give us some of the best scientific insights into nature and nurture. No one can tell this story better than Nancy Segal, gifted scientist, raconteur, and wise observer of human nature.

                                                                                    —Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature

     

    Andrew Kelsey returns for a very special set of big band favorites for this Swing Edition Assembly! So bring your dancing shoes, Daddy-O. We're going to jump and jive!

    Amy Boyle and Michael Lewis MC. 

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    Remember to mark your calendar for May 3rd. And don't forget to call your Mother on the 10th.

    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.

    * 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 12th Sunday Assembly

    Dr. Michael Shermer, author and founder of The Skeptics Society, joins us in April to talk about how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism and skepticism have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality. 

    Ever since the Enlightenment, thinkers have consciously applied the methods of science to solve social and moral problems, and in the process created the modern world of liberal democracies, civil rights, equal justice, open political and economic borders, and prosperity the likes of which no human society in history has ever enjoyed. In this provocative and compelling talk—that includes brief histories of freedom rights, women’s rights, gay rights, and animal rights, along with considerations of the nature of evil and moral regress—Shermer explains how scientific ways of thinking have moved us ever closer to a more just world.

    Dr. Shermer will be signing copies of his new book, The Moral Arc, which will also be available in the Assembly lobby.

    Hunter and the Dirty Jacks return to do that soulful thing they do with vintage rock and blues.

    Join us at 11am-12:15pm 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.

    At the April 12th Assembly, we'll be accepting travel-sized toiletry items for our first homegrown, kid-friendly charity project, the Sunday Assembly Line. In April, please consider bringing travel-sized wet wipes, toothpaste, sunscreen, deodorant and lip balm. We will also continue to accept non-perishable foods on behalf of the Westside Food Bank. 

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

    Everyone is welcome. Free childcare provided.

  • March 8th Sunday Assembly

    Memory

    "I remember it like it was yesterday." How often have you said those words? How well do we really remember yesterday? In the wake of recent high profile events like Ferguson, MO, how do we sort out conflicting eyewitness accounts of events? If they all saw the same thing, why don't they remember it the same way?

    Dr. Craig Stark is a professor of neurobiology and behavior and a memory and learning researcher at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Stark will share with us what he and his colleagues are learning about the way memory actually works (and how it's very different from the way the public thinks it does).

     We'll also be welcoming back Kent Martin to lead the SALA choir (that's you).  

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    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. Professional childcare provided.

    To kick off a longer-term food drive to help feed the working poor in our community, SALA is accepting nonperishable food donations on March 8th. Please consider bringing: canned foods, boxed pastas and lentils, nut butters, breakfast bars, infant formula, baby food and other nonperishables to help alleviate hunger in Los Angeles. (The food bank asks that you not donate glass, except baby food, and donated food not be expired.) Thank you!

  • February 8th Sunday Assembly

      "A Universe of Stories"

    On February 8th we welcome to town author "Buzzy" Jackson, who will explore what some of humankind's greatest thinkers have written about the big universe, our tiny human lives and the relationship between the two. Buzzy's new book, The Inspirational Atheist: Wise Words on the Wonder and Meaning of Life, will be available for sale in the lobby.

    We'll also be treated to the musical stylings of the very talented Andrew Kelsey. 

    As always, we invite you to stick around afterward for coffee and, if you're still game, lunch at the Oinkster across the street. 

    While donations are welcome, Sunday Assembly is free of charge.

    Everyone is welcome. Professional childcare provided.  

  • January 11th Sunday Assembly

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    Wow, where did the year go? Throughout 2014, many of you may have been following the blog "Year Without God." On January 11th its author, Ryan Bell, will share his insights on navigating the narratives that shape our lives. 

     The blogger, Ryan Bell, will be our guest speaker for the January 11 Assembly.  

    On Dec. 31, 2013, the former pastor announced on the Huffington Post that in 2014 he would "live as if there is no God."  For the next year, he dove in and explored non-belief in all its varieties and kept a public record of his journey at his popular blog.  Now his year is over and Ryan is ready to share some of the lessons he learned about the paradigms in which we live our lives, both consciously and unconsciously.

    Join us at 11am for some intriguing insights, songs and secular celebration. Stick around afterward for coffee and, if you're still game, lunch at the Oinkster across the street. 

    While donations are welcome, Sunday Assembly is free of charge.

    Everyone is welcome. Free childcare provided. 

  • November 9th Sunday Assembly

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    On Nov. 9, we will be celebrating the first anniversary of the launch of Sunday Assembly-Los Angeles by doing a little looking back at all that we've accomplished and some looking forward to our next year.

     

     Founders and co-directors Amy Boyle & Ian Dodd will be our co-hosts for this celebration.

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     Our friends Hunter & the Dirty Jacks will be back to bring down the house with the rock & blues.  But don't expect them to play the traditional "Happy Birthday" song. . . 

     


    Fun factoid: the words 'religion' and 'ligament' share a common Latin root.  Religiare originally meant "that which binds us together" like a ligament binds the bones of our skeleton.  Many traditional religions have their "smells and bells", the shared shorthand of rituals and traditions where meaning can be conveyed with few or no words that binds their members together.  But religion doesn't have the copyright on ritual.  Secular ritual is not an oxymoron.

     

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    What do secular communities, especially brand new ones like Sunday Assembly, have that can bind us together?  What role can ritual play in building our community?  Can we consciously create rituals that will carry meaning for us?  We've invited Randi Gottlieb, a psychotherapist with a background in cultural anthropology and a keen interest in the role of ritual in building community, to come kick off this conversation.

     

     

     

     And if you've been waiting to splurge on a new Sunday Assembly T-shirt, this will be the day to buy yourself a little birthday present as we roll out some fresh new designs and styles.  Come check them out at the merchandise table.

     If you would like to lend a hand as a volunteer for our birthday celebration, simply...

                 CLICK HERE

  • October 19th Sunday Assembly

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    We welcome Dr. Clifford Johnson, a theoretical physicist at USC, to the October Assembly, who will be doing a talk bound to make us "wonder more" about the latest discoveries supporting some of the more "outside-the-box" ideas about the Big Bang.  Have you heard about gravitational waves?  These are the ripples embedded in the fabric of space that are predicted by "inflationary theory", the idea that the Universe underwent an exponential, faster-than-light expansion in the first few zepto-seconds (yes, that's a real unit of time) after the Big Bang.  Last spring, physicists working in Antarctica announced the discovery of evidence for these gravitational waves, lending support to the inflationary theory.  Dr. Johnson will lead us into the weird world of Big Bang cosmology with his talk, "Even the Universe has an Origin Story".

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    And don't forget the DATE CHANGE for October!  Instead of our usual 2nd Sunday, just for October we've had to slip it back a week to Oct. 19, due to unforeseen circumstances (not an act of God, thankfully).

  • September 14th Sunday Assembly

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    For the September edition of Sunday Assembly, we welcome Conor Robinson, recently back from a year of community service work in four countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as part of the pilot program for the Pathfinders Project, sponsored by the Foundation Beyond Belief.  Conor will be sharing his experiences and speaking on the nature of service.

    Scroll down to RSVP for Sept. 14.

    After graduating from Yale, where he launched the student humanist group, Conor taught for 2 years in Los Angeles with Teach for America.  During that time he began formulating his ideas for a humanist service corps that focuses on specific local needs while fostering dialogue across religious and cultural boundaries.  The Pathfinders were the featured cover story in the May/June issue of the Humanist magazine.

    In addition, we'll have music by Kent Martin, an icebreaker, Assembler milestones, stories from our community, all hosted by SA-LA organizer Elijah Senn and, of course, bread-breaking with fellow Assemblers afterwards.

  • August 10th Sunday Assembly

    Our guest speaker will be Nanea Reeves speaking on "Taking NO Out of Innovation."

    Join us for song, cerebral stimulation and secular celebration!

  • July 13th Sunday Assembly

    Join us for song, cerebral stimulation and secular celebration!

  • June 8th Sunday Assembly LA

    Join us for song, cerebral stimulation and secular celebration! This June, Sunday Assembly LA is proud to welcome paleontologist Donald Prothero as our guest speaker.

  • May 11th Sunday Assembly LA

    Join us for laughter, song and secular celebration. As always, Assemblies are free to attend, and everyone is welcome. 

  • April 13th Sunday Assembly LA

    Join us for laughter, song and godless celebration. 

  • March 9th Sunday Assembly LA

    Sunday Assembly Los Angeles is proud to announce Michael Dowd, evolutionary evangelist and author of Thank God for Evolution, as our featured speaker this March. 

  • February 9th Sunday Assembly LA

    Join us for laughter, song and godless celebration at Sunday Assembly Los Angeles. This February we welcome Phil Zuckerman, author and Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College, as our keynote speaker. Stay tuned for musical guests and more!

  • January 12th Sunday Assembly LA

  • December 8th Sunday Assembly LA

    Our speaker will be Dr. Jessica Cail discussing the "Biology of Sex/Gender ID."

    Join us for laughter, song and godless celebration at the second Sunday Assembly Los Angeles.

  • Los Angeles Premiere

    We hope you can join us at the first ever Sunday Assembly Los Angeles at 11am on November 10th at the Professional Musician's Local 47 auditorium at 817 Vine Street in Hollywood. (Parking is first-come, first served--please plan accordingly!)

    RSVP here!

  • Pre-launch Party

    Join us for good times and live music, featuring Hunter and the Dirty Jacks. Their intoxicating blues and rock sound raises proceeds for the homeless every Tuesday in Santa Monica. Next Monday they're hosting a special show just for Sunday Assembly LA!

    $5 cover at the door. 21 and up only.

    Have a ride or need a ride? Check out our carpool group at https://www.carpoolworld.com/carpooling.html?c=sundayassemblyla

     

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