The Public Charter

The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that celebrate life. Our motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfil their potential. Our vision: a godless congregation in every town, city and village that wants one.

We are here for everyone who wants to:

Live Better:

We aim to provide inspiring, thought-provoking and practical ideas that help people to live the lives they want to lead and be the people they want to be.

Help Often:

Assemblies are communities of action building lives of purpose, encouraging us all to help anyone who needs it to support each other.

Wonder More:

Hearing talks, singing as one, listening to readings and even playing games helps us to connect with each other and the awesome world we live in.

 The Sunday Assembly

  1. Is 100% celebration of life. We are born from nothing and go to nothing. Let’s enjoy it together.
  2. Has no doctrine. We have no set texts so we can make use of wisdom from all sources.
  3. Has no deity. We don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do.
  4. Is radically inclusive. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs – this is a place of love that is open and accepting.
  5. If free to attend, not-for-profit and volunteer run. We ask for donations to cover our costs and support our community work.
  6. Has a community mission. Through our Action Heroes (you!), we will be a force for good.
  7. Is independent. We do not accept sponsorship or promote outside businesses, organisations or services.
  8. Is here to stay. With your involvement, The Sunday Assembly will make the world a better place.
  9. We won’t tell you how to live, but we will try to help you do it as well as you can.
  10. And remember point 1… The Sunday Assembly is a celebration of the one life we know we have.

What should you expect from a Sunday Assembly event?

Just by being with us you should be energised, vitalised, restored, repaired, refreshed and recharged. No matter what the subject of the Assembly, it will solace worries, provoke kindness and inject a touch of transcendence into the everyday.

But life can be tough… It is. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, we have moments of weakness or life just isn't fair. We want The Sunday Assembly to be a house of love and compassion, where, no matter what your situation, you are welcomed, accepted and loved.

Most of all, have fun, be nice and join in.

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  • Angus McLure
    commented 2017-08-15 11:04:04 +1000
    Community is great. It’s good to see people who care about caring for one another and I really hope that this group is a force for good in this community and around the world.

    However I’m a little confused by a couple points.

    Point 2 says you have no doctrine. According to the Google dictionary result a doctrine is “a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, political party, or other group”. But you clearly hold beliefs and teach them (and you’re a group). In point 1 you specifically state that as a community you believe “We are born from nothing and go to nothing” and at the end you say “life just isn’t fair” and “sometimes bad things happen to good people”. You also have certain beliefs you hold and proclaim about the future “[The Sunday Assembly] is here to stay. With your involvement, The Sunday Assembly will make the world a better place.” These beliefs held and taught by the Sunday Assembly may indeed be reasonable and true, but they are by definition doctrine.

    Point 9 says you won’t tell people how to live but at the end you say “Most of all, have fun, be nice and join in.” These are nice commands, but commands nonetheless, though perhaps the command to “join in” was meant as an invitation. Also what do you when your members don’t act in line with point number 4? If you include everyone, you’ll have to include those people who don’t want to include everyone (which is a lot of people). Such people may have no interest in joining, but if they do join, do you tell them they have to be inclusive? What about point 6? What if some members aren’t forces for good, but forces for evil (or perhaps a bit of both)? Do you tell them to be forces for good?

    I hope (and pray) that you are forces for good, that you continue to be radically inclusive and that your doctrines (which you can’t avoid having) are useful, helpful, encouraging and (perhaps most importantly) true.
  • Angus McLure
    followed this page 2017-08-15 11:03:39 +1000

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