The Sunday Assembly, dubbed by the media as the “atheist church,” comes to the Triangle starting Sunday in Chapel Hill.
Sunday Assembly was founded in London in January 2013 and since then has expanded across the world with more than 70 Assemblies now up and running.
After hearing about the Sunday Assembly on the news and in social media, local organizers from the Triangle approached Sunday Assembly headquarters for help in setting up a congregation.
Now, Michelle Reed, Sara Howe and their team are working with the London-based organization to start their own local get-together of like minded people.
“Our first meeting will be held at the Hargraves Community Center, but we are looking for a more permanent location,” Reed said.
“We welcome volunteers to help us build this community,” Howe said.
Organizers say that Sunday Assembly is “all the best bits of church, but without the religion and with awesome pop songs.”
Each service has a theme, guest speaker, poet and songs.
Promotional materials say the aim is for people “to leave energized, vitalized, restored, repaired, refreshed and recharged.”
Sunday Assembly Chapel Hill, “will be a house of love and compassion, where, no matter what your situation, you are welcomed, accepted and loved.”
Sanderson Jones, the co-founder of the movement, has said: “The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that celebrates life. Our motto: Live better, help often and wonder more. Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Our vision: A Sunday Assembly in every town, city or village that wants one.”
Projections from its London headquarters are that by the end of 2014, new Sunday Assemblies will be ongoing in South Africa, Brazil, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada.
The Sunday launch in Chapel Hill is set for 10:30 a.m. at Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., in downtown Chapel Hill.