Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

God, Jesus and Holy Ghost-free Churhes.

Sunday Assemblies are non-religious gatherings who want a similar communal experience to a religious church. They are, usually on a Sunday but the one I attended in Crystal Palace was on a Saturday! They were founded by a pair of comedians called Jones and Evans pippa and Sanderson It was Sanderson Evans, a bearded, aran-sweatered tall chap reminiscent of an Irish folk musician from the sixties who was cheerleader at the south London assembly which was initiated by my colleague Trevor Moore.

This a picure of a sparsely attended C of E function.

empty church

This is a recent Sunday Assembly with Sanderson sporting his woolly jumper Sanderson

Their logo states their motto. A blog  Atheist Church Movement Shake Up: Ideological Battle Leads to

described it as part karaooke, part aerobics class, part comedy show.sunass Logo

And, like the many churches that detractors say Sunday Assembly tries to mimic, there’s already been a schism of sorts. New York’s Sunday Assembly split off on its own after becoming frustrated with Jones’ and Evans’ insistence that they not use the word “atheist” to describe themselves, an organizer there said. Jones is not surprised that the proverbial twit hit the fan.Sunday Assembly founders Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, in a promotional video, mocking themselves as a cult that's not really a cult.

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Sunday Assembly founders Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, in a promotional video, mocking themselves as a cult that’s not really a cult. Sunday Assembly


 

This poem was read which I liked. I found the singing cringe making.We sang I’m a believer

The two presentations from the local Transition Town and from our Humanist Ceremonies coordinator Isabel Russo were very absorbing and informative.

It Couldn’t Be Done

By Edgar Albert Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
      But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
      Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
      On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
      That couldn’t be done, and he did it!
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
      At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
      And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
      Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
      That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
      There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
      The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
      Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
      That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.
 Sunday ass
I did find it all quite alien. It seemed to me to be a happy clappy, C of E type, god free service which isn’t surprising since the
founders and most of the congreagtion would have been reared on the this kind of C of E culture just as the majority of the British
Humanist Association membership is. The problem is that Cof E atheists carry the notion that somehow the hobbity, Vicar of
Dibley establishment version of Christianity is so much better than other religions especially Islam and Cathoicism. It is this C of E
ethos , after all, that underpins British history of colonisation and the slave trade. It is not an innocuous, quaint, benign
organisation – IT IS A RELIGION – of which the Queen is the Supreme Governor. Elizabeth_II_at_a_flower_show
And like all other religions is based on supernatural beliefs in a deity and in a life after death for humans in a celestial Shangri-la.
As for Sunday Assemblies I have no desire to attend another. I just don’t need the ersatz bonhomie and need to belong to yet
another community. Apparently, some people do.
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