Communities Not Congregations

I support any gathering of people for the "higher purpose" of being of service to others and holding out a hand in friendship and open-heartedness, and I believe that this way of relating with the world has nothing to do with a god-concept.  Sunday Assembly is such a place and I look forward to watching it grow and help!


  • wants to volunteer 2015-06-16 08:10:18 -0700

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  • commented on Would Sunday Assembly Appeal to Mr. Spock? 2015-05-31 19:08:48 -0700
    Beautifully written, Ian and thanks so much for beginning this dialogue. Much like James, below, I have spent a goodly amount of time these past many months trying to understand why it is that Sunday Assembly L.A. although I believe it’s premise profoundly, doesn’t quite nourish me as a community, as a foundation. The shying away from social justice issues, the seemingly general ambivalence as a community around being of service in our community has become increasingly disheartening to me, and is one of the central reasons why I stepped away as an organizer. I do hope that we can transcend pop culture and “trend,” and move into what I believe is a much more meaningful piece of fellowship….and it has nothing to do with the head….and everything to do with what lies below the neck. Thanks so much for getting this started, and I’m looking forward to participating in what I hope is a useful and purposeful dialogue!

  • commented on What Does a Community of Cats Look Like? 2014-11-24 11:21:47 -0800
    I love that Sunday Assembly L.A. continues to be a work in progress, Ian! I think you’ve beautifully captured the inherent through-line of this community. It’s about all of us, coming together, spending time, helping others and reaching out to the curious first-time visitor and assuring them, that they are indeed welcome!

  • wants to volunteer 2014-10-19 17:45:18 -0700

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  • donated 2014-04-03 04:54:34 -0700

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  • signed up for SA-LA Core 2013-11-19 09:47:28 -0800

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  • commented on First Blog Post 2013-10-28 15:53:52 -0700
    Well written, Ian and what a wonderful journey this has been. I can’t wait to watch SALA grow with and for it’s fellows!

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