Sunday Assembly community to gather for yoga

Sunday Assembly will be gather for yoga classes being held at Community Forge on April 13th, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. This will be an Opportunity to foster both community and well-being.

The class will be FREE and or all-levels — everyone is invited. BYO-mat, if you have an extra mat to share, bring that as well.

“Donations to help offset cost are gladly accepted but not at all required. Our instructor Cassie aspires to bring expressive movement to the lives of others through vinyasa yoga, slackline yoga, and other creative movement practices. She practices and teaches each of these modalities as an art to inspire and create ease in body, mind, and spirit. Cassie hopes to create a lighthearted environment that encourages playfulness and explorative boundary-pushing for students of all levels. “

Sunday Assembly is a secular community that celebrates life. Visit our events page to see what’s happening in the community: Events

The group fostering community among Pittsburgh’s nonreligious

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I grew up going to church with my mother every Sunday. As I got older, I eventually became nonreligious and embraced humanist values. After I left the church, there was a void left once filled by the church community — I still wanted to be apart of a collective group aligned with my current values who aimed to do good in the world. In 2014, I found Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh and became involved immediately. Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh describes itself as a “secular community that celebrates life”. There are multiple events throughout the month ranging from book clubs to support groups, and there’s a main event (the Assembly) every third Sunday of the month.

Throughout the world, community is largely built around religion, so the concept of being nonreligious (atheist, agnostic, etc.) and gathering to do good is foreign to many . Below are some frequently asked questions about Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh.

IS SUNDAY ASSEMBLY ANTI-RELIGION?

Sunday Assembly is a secular community without a deity, however, it is not anti-religion. Although we don’t have a doctrine, the values of humanism, science, and reason are often promoted at our events. Please refer to the charter for more information

WHAT HAPPENS AT AN ASSEMBLY?

We have the main event (the Assembly) every third Sunday of the month where we sing popular songs, talk about science and the theme of the month, and other activities to build community. Sunday Assembly has been described as a “TED Talk with karaoke”.

ARE KIDS WELCOME?

The Assembly is a kid-friendly event. There are many other events, as it strives to meet the needs of everyone in the community  – some events are family oriented and some events focus more on adults (e.g. Book Club). See the events page to see what we’re up to: Events

HOW IS SUNDAY ASSEMBLY FUNDED?

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is a 501(c)(3) community benefit organization and is proudly 100% community funded — it runs on all small donations.

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is a secular community that celebrates life. View our events on the Events page.

Sunday Assembly announces first ‘Family Play Date’ of 2019


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Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is a community benefit organization, and families are a significant part of the community. Every year the first Family Play Date gives families and children a chance to break out from their cold-weather hibernation, and have some fun outside.

Attendees are encouraged to kiddos, snacks, and lots of energy! Of course, plan ‘A’ is weather dependent. However, there is a contingency plan.

If the weather doesn’t look promising, the plan will be to head to the Carnegie Science Center where members will use their guest passes to get everyone in free.

The Family Play Date is planned for Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM. It will be held at Super Playground located at Reservoir Dr, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206

Please follow the Facebook event for updates.

What is 5G technology and how different is it from 4G?


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President Trump pushed 5G into the news last week when he tweeted the United States is “lagging behind” in developing the technology. But what exactly is 5G, and how different is it from 4G LTE?

First, let’s explore what a ‘G’ is. There are certain standards developed for mobile communication, which are largely influenced by an organization called Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN). Each leap in technology, cell phone service moves up a generation, which is what ‘G’ stands for. The first cells phones were 1G, allowing us to talk. Technology improved to allow texting, which was considered 2G. Next, 3G gave us the internet on our phones. We are currently at 4G, which is similar to 3G, but much faster. Now, 5G is over the horizon.

Five G consists of five major technologies focused largely on decreasing latency. Latency is the delay between data being sent and when it reaches its destination. The latency standard developed for 5G is one millisecond, which is about 50 times faster than 4G — data will be transmitted and received almost instantaneously. The technologies that make up 5G consists of millimeter waves, small cell networks, Massive MIMO, beamforming, and full duplex.

Most cell phones and wireless technology carry data along the same radio frequencies, which are overcrowded and becoming slower and less reliant. A great metaphor to describe the overcrowding of radio waves is the overused metaphor of vehicle traffic during rush hour — the road represents the radio waves and the vehicles represent the traveling data. The majority of data is carried on radio waves between 3 KHz and 6 GHz. As we move up in frequency, the waves become closer together. Millimeter waves will be used in 5G technology. Returning to the traffic metaphor, millimeter waves will allow us to open more lanes, therefore speeding up the transmission of data. Because millimeter waves are higher in frequency, it creates an obstacle, both literally and figuratively. Millimeter waves cannot travel through structures like buildings, and they are absorbed by rain and plants. The technology created to solve this problem is called small cell networks.

Small cell network stations will relay the millimeter waves around objects. To make 5G work, there will need to be thousands of these stations throughout cities.

Current 4G tower ports have approximately 12 antennas that transmit all cellular data. Massive MIMO (Multiple input and output) allows for about 100 ports, which increases the number of antennas to 1,200 — allowing for more data to be moved faster — further decreasing latency. With current technology, data is sent from the tower in all directions. With the magnitude of data being sent with massive MIMO, interference will occur due to the data overlapping, which is solved with beamforming technology. Beamforming uses computer algorithms to help the data travel the most efficient path to its destination. Beamforming also prevents data signals from overlapping.

Because of the physics of electromagnetic waves, data can only travel along a radio wave in one direction at a time. Today the problem is solved by transmitting data traveling in different directions to separate wavelengths. Full duplex technology works more efficiently by allowing data traveling in different directions to briefly be rerouted, and then return to its previous route, similar to a railroad switch.

The combinations of all the technologies that create 5G will allow us to send information 50 times faster. This will have huge implications on national security, the economy, future technologies, and in ways we cannot imagine. Five G technology is expected to be available to some this year, and to the masses in about 2025 — soon we will see the direction it takes us.

Survey: Where do atheists find meaning?

Atheists are one of the most misunderstood groups in the world. A study reported on by the New York Times and published in the journal, Nature shows most people have a moral prejudice against atheists and nonbelievers. One of the reasons nonbelievers are feared and stigmatized is because many don’t understand where they find morals and meaning.

According to a Pew Research poll, religion is the second most important source of meaning in the lives of Americans (family was polled to be the most important). However, studies show America is becoming less religious as a nation. Between 2007 and 2014, the amount of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated grew from about 37 million to 56 million people. Americans who identify as atheist, agnostic or state their religion is ‘nothing in particular’ make up 23 percent of the population — a significant amount of people. Without religion, where do these Americans find meaning in life?

Americans were asked an open-ended question about what gives them a sense of meaning. Pew compared two groups — Christians, and the religiously unaffiliated. Christians were broken down into the subcategories Protestant, Evangelical Protestants, Mainland Protestants, and Black Protestant. The unaffiliated subcategories were atheists, agnostics, and people who identified their religion as ‘nothing in particular’.

Between Christians and the religiously unaffiliated, the topics mentioned the most when asked about a sense of meaning were finances and money. Twenty-six percent of the religiously unaffiliated mentioned finances and money, compared to 22 percent of Christians. Of all the subgroups, atheists found the most meaning in finances and money (37 percent), compared to the next highest subcategory, Evangelical Protestants, who mentioned finances 26 percent of the time.

Hobbies and activities were found to be the second most mentioned topic amongst the nonreligious. Twenty-three percent of religiously unaffiliated people mentioned hobbies and activates in the open-ended answers, compared to 16 percent of Christians. Atheists were the most likely of all the subgroups to mention hobbies and activities as giving their life meaning – approximately a third. The nonreligious were also most likely to find meaning in creative activities.

Atheists were the most likely to find meaning in travel by a large margin. Thirteen percent of atheists mentioned travel. The most likely to mention travel under the Christian subcategory were Mainland Protestants at six percent. Atheist also found the most meaning in leisure activities at 14 percent, compared to the next highest Christian subgroup, Mainland Protestant at nine percent.

People who identify as nonreligious are a diverse and complex group, however, the stigma remains. These numbers show the religious and nonreligious find meaning in many of the same areas.

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is a secular community that celebrates life! Visit our Events page to see what’s going on in the community.