Sunday Assembly Portland is known as “the church without the god bits.” They are having their next event on Sunday morning (5-10-15) at Lola’s room downtown (McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom). All details for the free event can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/ADTalk . Afterwards they will gather for an informal lunch at McMenamin’s Ringler’s Pub, located downstairs. Event details for the lunch event can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/LolaLunch .
The main speaker will be Adam Davis. He is the executive director of Oregon Humanities, which works toward an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities. Before joining Oregon Humanities in the summer of 2013, Davis directed the Center for Civic Reflection, where he trained thousands of discussion facilitators and founded “Justice Talking/Meaning of Service,” a program for AmeriCorps and other service organizations across the country. Davis has edited several books, including The Civically Engaged Reader and Taking Action. He has also taught literature and philosophy for many years in the Odyssey Project and Humanity in Perspective, college courses for adults living near the poverty line. He co-founded and directed Camp of Dreams, which provides year-round educational and cultural programming to underserved young people on Chicago’s west and south side. Davis received his PhD from the University of Chicago, and he used to lead wilderness trail crews in the Pacific Northwest.
More info about the Sunday Assembly movement:
Sunday Assembly is a non-religious gathering co-founded by Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans in January 2013 in London, UK. The gathering is for non-religious people who want a similar communal experience to a religious church.
Stand-up comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans started the first Sunday Assembly in North London in January 2013 as they “both wanted to do something like church but without God”. The first event, attended by over 300 people, was held in a deconsecrated church in Islington, but due to the limited size of the venue future meetings have been held in Conway Hall. Since then events have continued to be held, twice a month, with one attracting as many as 600 people. Sanderson Jones said “I don’t [think] there’s anything that’s inherently elite about people getting together to sing songs and think about themselves and improve their community. But we can’t wait to see people doing it in all manner of different places in all manner of different ways, that appeal to all manner of different people.”
Other Portland-area community, secular, and philosophical groups can also be found at meetup.com, such as these:
— The Center for Philosophical Naturalism: http://tinyurl.com/l6rd4sl
— Sunday Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/kkc8nyw
— Westside Science & Religion Discussion.: http://tinyurl.com/bkmhdl5
— Center for Inquiry: http://tinyurl.com/mps923r
— Humanists of Greater Portland: http://tinyurl.com/kmbmt57
— Atheists Etcetera: http://tinyurl.com/nhjr3ha
— Philosophy Workshop: http://tinyurl.com/pzs4ajc