The three most important documents to know about when thinking about starting up a Sunday Assembly are: the Public Charter of the Sunday Assembly; this sets out the values which every local Sunday Assembly is led by, the Road Map for new Assemblies; that shows the path from wanting an Assembly to starting your own, and the Accreditation Model; that allows us to let other people start their own, while ensuring we can step in if an Assembly starts sacrificing children or somesuch.
The easiest document for us is the charter, which you can see below. This explains who we are, and what we’re trying to do. All local Assemblies agree to this when they start up and we’ll give it to them all as a nice poster that can go on the wall, or something like that, that way everyone who joins the Sunday Assembly will be clear about our values, motto and mission.
While we’ve had some difficulties finding the best way to go ahead with accreditation, the public charter has been easy, because we are very confident about why we’re doing this (it’s the how that the tricky bit!).
Read on for….
The Sunday Assembly Public Charter
The Sunday Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life. Our motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Our mission: A Sunday Assembly in every town, city and village that wants one. Our vision: To help everyone live life as fully as possible.
We are here for everyone who wants to:
Live Better. We aim to provide inspiring, thought-provoking and practical ideas that help people to live the lives they want to lead and be the people they want to be
Help Often. Assemblies are communities of action building lives of purpose, encouraging us all to help anyone who needs it to support each other
Wonder More. Hearing talks, singing as one, listening to readings and even playing games helps us to connect with each other and the awesome world we live in.
The Sunday Assembly
Is 100% celebration of life. We are born from nothing and go to nothing. Let’s enjoy it together.
Has no doctrine. We have no set texts so we can make use of wisdom from all sources.
Has no deity. We don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do.
Is radically inclusive. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs – this is a place of love that is open and accepting.
Is free to attend, not-for-profit and volunteer run. We ask for donations to cover our costs and support our community work.
Has a community mission. Through our Action Heroes (you!), we will be a force for good.
Is independent. We do not accept sponsorship or promote outside businesses, organisations or services
Is here to stay. With your involvement, The Sunday Assembly will make the world a better place
We won’t tell you how to live, but will try to help you do it as well as you can
And remember point 1… The Sunday Assembly is a celebration of the one life we know we have
What should you expect from a Sunday Assembly event?
Just by being with us you should be energised, vitalised, restored, repaired, refreshed and recharged. No matter what the subject of the Assembly, it will solace worries, provoke kindness and inject a touch of transcendence into the everyday.
But life can be tough… It is. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, we have moments of weakness or life just isn’t fair. We want The Sunday Assembly to be a house of love and compassion, where, no matter what your situation, you are welcomed, accepted and loved.
Most of all, have fun, be nice and join in.
That’s it guys. Do you like it? I hope you do, because we love it.