Past Events

What happens at Sunday Assembly?

Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley is an inclusive secular community made up of agnostics, atheists, humanists, and believers. Whatever you believe, you are welcome. If you've never been to a Sunday Assembly, you may wonder what goes on. You’ve heard we have inspiring speakers and uplifting group singing. But what else? To help explain, here is a recap of what we did at our February Sunday Assembly, with links to videos of each:

February Assembly - Beginnings

Sunday Assembly is an inclusive secular community made up of agnostics, atheists, humanists, and believers. Whatever you believe, you are welcome. We come together to celebrate life with inspiring speakers, fun group singing, and connecting over potluck.

This month, our guest speaker is Milena Popovic, Ph.D., NASA Space Science and Astrobiology Division.

We'll be singing together:
- Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
- Fly Me to The Moon - Frank Sinatra
- Across the Universe - Beatles
- You are the Sunshine - Stevie Wonder

October Assembly - Resilience

We want to make the most of the one life we know we have.

Our lives have meaning and purpose when we come together to better ourselves, help others, and improve our world.

We believe in good. We believe it is our responsibility to make our world a better place.
We believe in reason. We believe that evidence and science are our guiding stars through this life.
We believe in compassion. We believe that human connection makes life worth living.

We will share coffee and tea at 10:30 am, celebration at 11:00 am, and potluck at noon. Bring a dish to share!

September Assembly - (Re)Habilitation

Our guest speaker will be Kyle Robertson, Asst. Dir., Center for Public Philosophy and Lecturer in Philosophy at UCSC. He'll speak about the joys and challenges of philosophical inquiry in unusual spaces. Kyle believes that philosophy is a fundamental human activity, and that we should practice it in a variety of contexts outside of the University classroom. He will use his experiences working with elementary schoolchildren and inmates at San Quentin State Prison to illustrate his arguments.

August Assembly - Self-Acceptance

Raji Raman, SASV board member and leader of SASV's Compassionate Listening Smoup, will be sharing her thoughts on the value of self-acceptance and how it relates to compassion. After her introduction, she'll invite us to break into groups and participate in a short listening practice aimed at encouraging self-acceptance.

Also, Amy Baldwin will host, Alicia Bogart will be singing and playing ukulele, and Greg Coladonato will be sharing how he is doing his best.

July Assembly - Compassion

Our speaker, Lisa Blanchard, is the founder and executive director of the Grateful Garment Project, a non-profit that seeks to ensure that no victim of sexual assault ever experiences further suffering due to lack of resources. Sexual assault victims are often asked to give up their clothing as evidence after seeking medical attention and typically leave with nothing but a hospital gown to wear. The Grateful Garment Project provides clothes and other resources that they may need.

June Assembly - Happiness

Our speaker, Linnea Butler, LMFT and founder of the group therapy practice Bay Area Mental Health, is going to be discussing "the things that hold us back from happiness and perspectives on getting unstuck."

Alex Rudnick is going to be our host! Warren Schmidt is doing our reading and Josh Abadie is sharing his Doing Your Best.

Let's have a potluck after Assembly! See our new signup page for main, side, vegetarian, kid-friendly, and dessert dishes. No account or password needed. Please sign-up!