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Started: January 2013
Based: London
Website: www.sundayassembly.com
Twitter: @SundayAssembly
Category: Community Action

The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that celebrates life. Its motto: live better, help often, wonder more.

The core idea is to establish non-religious communities that meet regularly to celebrate life and to help people get the most from it.

It was set up by two comedians, Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones, who on their way to a gig started to talk about the idea of an inspirational church without God. In January 2013 they organised their first event where more than 200 people turned up.

A Sunday Assembly consists of songs (pop and soul mainly) sung by the congregation, with readings and talks. Afterwards people in the congregation have tea and cakes and are encouraged to chat and mingle. All assemblies are free and run by volunteers. It also runs community action groups.

Since starting, the Sunday Assembly run events all over the world with 28 Assemblies across the globe to date including in the UK and America.