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

Sunday Assembly launches Yankee Candle fundraiser

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh has launched its Yankee Candle fundraiser! Whether it’s for yourself or a present for a loved one, you can help support us. With your help we can build a bigger, more robust community.

SUPPORT BY BUYING

Visit http://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com, and then then place an order using the Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh Group Number: 999995463.

SUPPORT BY SELLING

Visit http://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com, and then then click “Seller Login” and fill out the “Sign up to be a seller” (use the Group Number: 999995463). Follow the simple instructions and have informational emails sent to friends and family.

Thank you in advanced for your support!

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

Speaker Alert: the morality and conflicts of ‘end of life’ decisions

The theme of the Assembly this Sunday is ‘End of Life’. Dr. Hall will use fiction and personal experience to illustrate some of the ways in which healthcare at the end of life falls short of expectations. He will explore how this is related to concepts of autonomy and the technological imperative that drives much of modern medicine. He will point further to the kinds of conversations and the kinds of services that might begin to address the unmet needs of people seeking health care services in the last season of life. This includes advance care planning with living wills, POLSTs and healthcare powers of attorney, but goes further to a more honest conversation with ourselves and each other about the limits and finitude that define the human condition.

Speaker bio

Daniel E. Hall, M.D., M.Div., M.H.Sc. is Medical Director, High Risk Populations &
Outcomes for the Wolff Center at UPMC. He is also Associate Professor of Surgery at
the University of Pittsburgh, Staff Surgeon and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and
Core Investigator at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. Dr. Hall
is practicing general surgeon with training in moral philosophy, theology, quality
improvement and health services research. His current research focuses on designing
care pathways that support value-concordant care of frail patients before and after
surgery.

When: Sunday, October 20th, 2019 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM

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

Sunday Assembly to face difficult topic of ‘End of Life’

Our October assembly’s theme is End of Life. The guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Daniel Hall, who will be talking about counseling patients and families on end of life decisions. We’ll also be repeating the naming ritual from last October. Everyone is encouraged to bring in one item that they associate with a loved one who has passed away – a photo, a keepsake, anything. We’ll be displaying them on a table at the front of assembly. The ceremony will involve folks coming up to the table, saying the name of their loved one they are memorializing, and placing a small stone (we’ll provide it) in a bed of sand. All are welcome to join in or sit out.

When: Sunday, October 20th, 2019 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM

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

Sunday Assembly Pumpkin Day is announced

Pumpkin Day has become a Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh tradition. Every year the community drives out to Shenot Farm in Wexford, PA and engages in an afternoon of autumnal fun. Activities include a hayride, corn mazes, apple and pumpkin picking, and more.

Bring the family and friends, and join the community! Follow us on Facebook to stay connected!

When: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM

Where: Shenot Farm
3754 Wexford Run Rd, Wexford, Pennsylvania 15090