Jun 22, 2013

Speaking at NYC's First Sunday Assembly

I'm very excited to announce that on Sunday, June 30th, I'll be the guest speaker for New York City's first ever Sunday Assembly.

At this point you very well may be asking yourself: What exactly is a Sunday Assembly? Per a recent article in the NY Daily News:

After six months of packed houses at monthly services in London, an atheist congregation called The Sunday Assembly is bringing its movement to the U.S.

The co-founders [comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans] will soon embark on a cross-country tour to decide which cities might support their own permanent Sunday Assembly franchise, and the first test run will be held in a Manhattan dive bar.

That's no typo—they're essentially an "atheist church," and they've become quite the phenomenon in the U.K. and other parts of the world. (For more on what they do, check out this profile of their efforts from The Guardian). Now, they're coming to the U.S. to host a service at Tobacco Road in NYC on Sunday, June 30th at 12:30 PM.

Given that this event is happening the weekend of NYC's LGBT Pride, and that some in attendance may be "coming out" as an atheist, agnostic, or nonreligious person for the first time, the service's theme will be on coming out. As the guest speaker I'll be sharing some of my story as a former Evangelical Christian who has come out as both a queer person and an atheist. And as I write about in Faitheist, I'll also discuss what might happen if we all "came out" to one another—religious and nonreligious alike—and built the kinds of relationships that would enable us to work together to improve the world, challenging anti-atheist bias and other forms of intolerance in the process.

If you'd like to attend the first ever Sunday Assembly in the U.S., check out (and RSVP at) their Facebook event. If you want to get involved in organizing future NYC Sunday Assembly events, click here. If you can't get to NYC, you may still be in luck: co-founder Sanderson Jones is also visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Chicago in the next week to meet with people interested in starting up Sunday Assembly groups. Click here to learn more about his trip. Finally, if you want to contact Sunday Assembly for any reason, click here!

Oh, and click here to check out the rest of my summer speaking schedule (with more events still to be announced).

Hope to see you soon in NYC for "atheist church"!