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The Sunday Assembly - A Church for Atheists

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Published February 1st 2013
It won't be your usual Sunday Service
The newly formed Sunday Assembly is a church for atheists. It may sound like an odd concept at first, but the folks behind it are keen to emphasise its focus is on bringing the community together – a bit like a regular church, then.

And it's not anti-religion by any stretch; essentially it's a monthly gathering inside a deconsecrated church in north London for people "to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life," the organisers say on the Sunday Assembly's website, adding, "It's a service for anyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more." Laudable values if ever there were.

Taking place at The Nave, which today functions not as a place of religious worship but as an education, arts and performance space, the Sunday Assembly gathers on the first Sunday of each month and is free to attend.

The new event has been getting widespread international media coverage, with the pair behind it – Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones – even having the chance to spread the word in a piece for the esteemed New York Times.

In essence, we want to help people (ourselves included) to live better, help often and wonder more," the pair said in the article, adding, "Instead of atheism making the world a cold, unfeeling and alienating place, it can make it richer, deeper and more profound."

You can find out for yourself by going along to the next Sunday Assembly, details of which can be found on its website and Facebook page.

Whether you're an ardent atheist or a fed-up former believer, the Sunday Assembly is awaiting your presence.
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Why? Sounds like a great community event.
When: First Sunday of every month.
Phone: No phone. Use contact form at
Where: The Nave Church, St. Paul’s Steiner School, 1 St Paul’s Road, London, N1 2QH
Cost: Free.
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