Sunday Assembly was started by Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, two comedians who were on their way to a gig in Bath when they discovered they both wanted to do something that was like church but totally secular and inclusive of all—no matter what they believed. The first ever Sunday Assembly meeting took place on January 6th 2013 at The Nave in Islington. Almost 200 people turned up at the first meeting.
Now there are over 40 Sunday Assemblies around the world, operating independently, where people sing songs, hear inspiring talks, and create community together in a family-friendly and inclusive setting.
Sunday Assembly London, the original and largest community, is based at Conway Hall in Holborn. However, due to the pandemic, we have held our gatherings online since April 2020, meeting every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month virtually using the platform Zoom, and simultaneously livestreaming to our YouTube channel.
But we are so much more than our two large events a month. Community members run many smaller gatherings where most of the real and lasting bonds are made. The goal is for each and every member of the community to feel welcome and valued, and to live their lives to the fullest.
- 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 can 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 movement has been included in a number of research papers. You can find some of them here. Let us know if you come across any others that we don’t know about!