This Month, You pick!

The July Assembly is both Virtual and In-Person this month! If you need the link to participate virtually, here it is:

Topic: SAPgh July Assembly: Your Power
Time: Jul 18, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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If you plan on joining us in person, our address is:

Community Forge, 1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

***ATTENTION***

DUE TO THE RAIN AND STORMS IN THE FORECAST, THIS MORNING’S SUNDAY ASSEMBLY WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM ONLY

UNFORTUNATELY, there will be NO IN-PERSON EVENT as previously planned!

We are so sorry for any inconvenience this may cause!

Upcoming Pittsburgh pride 2021 events

PEOPLE’S PRIDE PGH 2021 – RECLAIMING PITTSBURGH PRIDE

Dates: June 18 – 20, 2021

Location: Virtual

Organizer Description:

“SisTers PGH, a nonprofit founded and operated by Black, Pittsburgh-grown transwomxn and femmes, has been organizing the People’s Pride PGH March and Music Festival every year since
2017. It was created to uplift Black, trans and nonbinary folks who have for too long been segregated and abused by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh.”

Website: https://www.sisterspgh.org/2021-reclaiming-pittsburgh-pride

PRIDE Millvale 2021!

Dates: June 26, 2021 @ 12pm

Location: 518 Grant Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15209

Organizer Description:

“Join us Saturday June 26th, 2021 starting at 12PM for the first ever PRIDE right here in MILLVALE! This will be a day long celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. We cannot wait to show support, acceptance, and LOVE for our gay, trans, poc, and marginalized folx within the queer community. This event aims at highlighting Millvale’s “safe spaces and faces”, showcasing the businesses and organizations within our town and surrounding areas that value diversity and work hard at nourishing inclusive environments for all that come through– all while standing in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ youth and adults both near and far!”

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1100353463778837

Secular Holidays in June

Juneteenth

Also known as Freedom Day, this is the day Union General Gordon Granger proclaimed Texas to be free of slavery on June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two years prior, it was not enforced in many of the southern states, including Texas.

Many Black people in America consider this holiday to be their Independence Day and is considered to be the “longest-running African-American holiday”. Juneteenth is celebrated every June on the third Saturday.

World Humanist Day

World Humanist Day occurs on June 21st and was developed in the 1980s by chapters of the American Humanist Association (AHA). The AHA and the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) decided World Humanist Day would fall on the northern summer solstice.

Today World Humanist Day is celebrated around the world with activities and events. It is a time for humanist to reflect on values of humanism.

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice is the when the Earth’s poles tilt the most towards the Sun – it falls between June 20th and 22nd, depending on the shift of the calendar. Summer Solstice is recognized and celebrated in many cultures with rituals and festivals.

Earth Day and Beyond

Blog Post Contributed by Edward Wrenn, SAPgh Board of Directors


Earth day is this Thursday, April 22, with activities happening during the next few days. We also need Earth Month, Year, Decade, Century, Seven Generations, etc. There are many environmental organizations and activities in our area to join in symbiosis!

Earth Day Events in and Around Pittsburgh:

Happy Earth Day from PFC! This Thursday, April 22, is the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. Join us in celebrating by reading our statement about how you can (re)dedicate yourself to creating a healthy and sustainable planet for all life that will benefit for generations to come. Visit the official Earth Day website to learn more about what you can do for environmental justice. Image credit 

Other environmental groups, activities beyond Earth Day:

I am especially interested in reducing plastic waste. I am on the steering committee of PASUP- Pittsburghers Against Single-Use Plastic, and I encourage you to join us by going to our website pasupnow.org and submitting your email address. We also have a very helpful website about recycling in the city of Pittsburgh: recyclethisnowpittsburgh.com.

  • One of our members hosts a monthly environmental salon, virtual now but hopefully in person again soon- info RE this and other events- http://marenslist.blogspot.com
  • Another, ‘Becca Stallings has the blog site The Earthling’s Handout- https://articles.earthlingshandbook.org She and I are working on a business plan to provide sustainable lifestyle coaching/consulting.
  • https://myplasticfreelife.com/plasticfreeguide/ also has good suggestions about alternatives to plastic. Reimagined Recycling accepts # 5 plastics for reuse and needs volunteers to help sort and to learn

And even more local organizations! (sorry for who I left out)

  • Audobon Society of Western PA especially for native plant sale
  • The Breathe Project, which focuses on the petrochemical industry
  • Biophilia at Phipps Conservancy
  • CCL (Citizens Climate Lobby)
  • Climate Reality Project
  • GASP (Group Against Smog and Pollution)
  • Green Building Alliance
  • Grounded Strategies
  • Isaac Walton League, Allegheny County Chapter
  • No Petro PA
  • No Plastic Please
  • OVER (Ohio Valley Environmental Resistance)
  • POPCO (People Over Petro Coalition)
  • PRC (Pennsylvania Resource Council)
  • Sierra Club of Allegheny County
  • Sustainable Pittsburgh
  • Numerous Community Gardens are great places for learning, wonder, and community. Grow Pittsburgh has a map of some of them:  https://www.growpittsburgh.org/garden-and-farm-resources/community-gardens/

Here’s to Earth Day and greener Pittsburgh area!

‘Girls Rock!’: Meet the Speaker of this Month’s Assembly

The theme for the March Assembly is ‘Women’s Empowerment’ ! The main speaker will be Meg Prall!

Meg (she/her) has been involved with Girls Rock! Pittsburgh since the inaugural program in 2013. She is on her second term on the Board of Directors, where she is currently serving as Volunteer Outreach Chair. Meg also serves as the Pittsburgh representative to the Girls Rock Camp Alliance Global Network where she connects with rock camp organizers from all over the world. While not a musician herself, she used the DIY lessons she has learned over the years to teach young people about empowerment, teamwork, and finding their voice. Meg holds a B.F.A. with concentrations in Sculpture and Printmaking and maintains a studio as an artist member of Radiant Hall.

See you there!

2021: A Message from our new president

Ashley Taylor, SAPgh Board President

Hello! If you’re new and reading this, WELCOME to Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh. If you’re a regular member of our community, we love you and are glad you are still here with us in 2021. As the new President of SAPgh (and in an effort to refresh our blog posting as a community), I am writing to reflect on our first quarter, as we revitalize after a tough year for everyone.  I’d also like to invite you to deepen your involvement with our community in 2021.  SAPgh has been fortunate to stay consistent and solid with our membership and programming throughout the pandemic, but we also have big goals and dreams for expansion and reconnecting, as the world (safely) opens back up throughout the year. We miss hugging you, we miss playing live music with you, and we miss drinking coffee IRL with you. Until those cozy days return, check out what we have put together on Zoom so far. We’ve had a lovely start to 2021 (how is Q1 almost over already?!), and hope you join us as much as you can this year. 

  • These themes are on fire! (sung to the tune of Alicia Keys;) Our Programming Committee lined up an excellent and soul-inspiring flow for Q1 to keep us “Wondering More” & “Living Better.” Zoom Fatigue didn’t get us down! We started out January with the theme of Hope. Let’s be real, we were missing each other big time, as 2020 drew to a close. It was helpful to hear some of our community members share personal stories of finding hope amidst the despair of the past year, as well as to learn some psychology behind hopefulness! That led us to Pleasure in February, which requires some hopefulness for those of us who have experienced trauma, especially in our bodies. We read some of the most powerful work out there, from activists of all backgrounds, who are doing work around sexuality, embodiment, justice, and other areas where pleasure has historically been denied by the larger systems in which we exist. And of course, we couldn’t talk about Pleasure without talking about the ways womxn and femmes are often denied access to theirs, which leads us to… March’s theme of Women’s Empowerment. This theme feels especially POWER-full to celebrate Women’s History Month in 2021: we have our first woman sitting in one of the two highest offices in our country, and our current Board of Directors here at SAPgh is also comprised of a majority of femme & non-binary folx. Join us for this empowering celebration on Sunday, March 21 at 10am via Zoom
    • Wondering what you missed so far? Follow the links above to check out our new Archives webpage — this will continue to be updated with resources from our monthly Assemblies! 
  • Solid Community. Our Community Committee experienced no interruption to our regular programming during the pandemic. We are excited to have experienced growth in this committee, with big plans and dreams for reconnecting more IRL, as our community gets vaccinated and things become safer in 2021. In the meantime, our monthly programming will continue as solidly and consistently as always. If you want to get involved in planning these or other social events, contact me
  • Help us reach more of Pittsburgh. Our website is undergoing some major changes, as highlighted in my writing here! We are looking for someone to manage & increase our engagement on our socials (Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube). If that sounds like you, let our Outreach chair, Brandon, know! And, if you want to write a blog post, contact Lisa for more information. 
  • How else can you get involved? We always welcome new faces on the “stage” at our monthly Assemblies. Our regular segments include songs, a reading, X is Doing Their Best, A Moment of Science, and a theme host/MC. If one of our upcoming themes in Q2 speaks to you, or if you’d like to be involved in the planning for our Q3 & Q4 themes, let our chair, Maevon, know so they can help you get involved! 
    • April: Recovery
    • May: Animals
    • June: Creativity

Again, thank you for being a part of our family here at SAPgh, and we hope to keep loving you with emojis on Zoom or hugs IRL this year and every year. 

Love,

Ashley 

Sunday Assembly is looking for volunteers to fill key roles in 2020

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh (SAPGH) is a 501 (c)(3) community benefit organization that operates on all community donations. SAPGH gives the gift of community and connection throughout the year, and wants to reach as many people as possible to improve lives. We are looking for members of the community to fill a few key roles on the Outreach Committee. A summary of the roles are below:

Director of Photography

This role will be responsible for the production and organization of
photographs and videos on social media, the website, and other forms of media.

Branding Coordinator

This role will be responsible for collaborating with other marketing roles to
ensuring Sunday Assembly remains consistent with its branding with graphics, images etc.

Publicist

This role will be responsible for gaining and maintaining relationships with local media
outlets to help get the word out about Sunday Assembly

Social Media Coordinator

This role will be responsible for publishing, outreach and maintaining
engagement on Sunday Assembly’s social media pages

Content Writer/Blogger

This role will be responsible for up keeping and publishing content online, on flyers,
and other traditional media forms

If you’re interested please email sapghmarketing@gmail.com with a ~50-word paragraph telling us about your experience and skills you have to offer!

‘Secular community’ looks to give the gift of community in 2020

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The year 2019 is behind us and Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is looking to expand its community to anyone seeking one. It was an great year for the community and we’re looking to carry that momentum into 2020.

I attended my first Assembly in 2014. At the time I was a lonely new agnostic that once had a sense of community through the church. I wasn’t sure how many people shared my views. I found Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh by searching, ‘atheist community’, and it happened to be around the time they were preparing for their first Assembly. When I attended my first Assembly I felt an instant sense of community, inclusivity and belonging. I have since become the Outreach Coordinator with the goal of giving as many people that same feeling as possible.

We are looking forward to the new year, and hope to expand the number of charitable acts in the community by growing our numbers. Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh also has new board members with fresh ideas who will help improve the organization. It’s going to be an amazing year!

The next Assembly is Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 10 AM – 11:30 AM at Community Forge, located at 1256 Franklin Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221.

‘The Ultimate Secular Festive Singalong’ for the nonreligious of Pittsburgh

The holiday season has a variety of meanings to people. For many religions, it’s the time of the year to observe different aspects of what they believe in. At this time, for many, the air is full of joy and happiness. It is indisputable the holiday season is dominated by religious observances. However, should people not have the joy of the season because they don’t have religion? Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh says, no.This holiday season there will be something called Yule Rock.  The word ‘Yule’ originated as a festival observed by early Germanic peoples and the concept has been adopted by many religions and has influenced modern-day Christmas.  Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh describes its version of Yule Rock as ‘the ultimate secular festive singalong’. This will be an opportunity to bring people together and share a morning of happiness, joy and cheer together. The event will consist of popular festive songs to sing along to, festive costumes, a potluck and more.

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh has been around since 2014 and has been fostering community among the nonreligious. We gather every third Sunday of the month to sing, dance, learn and build relationships within our community. I have been involved in some way with the nonprofit since its beginnings and it has been invaluable to my life.

Join Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh for a morning of memories and togetherness through song. We open our arms to the religious and nonreligious alike – it’s for anyone who needs a place to be. You don’t want to miss this epic morning.

Yule Rock: The Ultimate Secular Festive Singalong

When: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Where: Community Forge
1256 Franklin Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221