In case you didn’t hear, today is #GivingTuesday! This annual, worldwide celebration of generosity gives folx a chance to support all of the great things happening around the world. At Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh, we exist as a secular community that believes in celebrating the one life we know we have. In that, we strive to Live Better, Help Often, and Wonder More!

“GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together through generosity in all its forms by sharing acts of kindness and giving their voice, time, money, goods, and advocacy to support communities and causes.”  We hope that you will take the time to support Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh.

To make a donation, please visit our Donate Page at https://sapgh.org/donate. To learn more about what we do at Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh, check out our website: http://www.sapgh.org; or our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/sundayassemblypittsburgh.

Join us THIS week…

Join us this week as we hit the reset button and try again. If you followed along last Sunday evening, we made it about 10 minutes into our annual theme of “Death & Dying,” before the skies let loose and dropped rain and hail on our live broadcast. We were forced to end, but as promised, we are back this week with take two.

Join us this Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., as we revisit our theme of “Death & Dying: Remembrance.” The re-do will be ***VIRTUAL ONLY****.

The Zoom link for this week’s Assembly! will be posted here, one hour before the event, as well as on Facebook and through an email sent to all of our current subscribers. If you are not a current subscriber, you can register to receive our monthly newsletter on our Home Page!

What You Can Do To Help Afghan Refugees

The situation in Afghanistan and the desperation of the people have left many feeling helpless. There are many amazing organizations out there that are working to make the best out of a terrible situation. Here are a few of them.

Women for Women International

Woman for Women International is an organization that ” invest where inequality is the greatest by helping women who are forgotten— the women survivors of war and conflict.” They have an emergency program for Afghanistan.

Link: https://support.womenforwomen.org/donate/afghanistan-emergency-2x-match?src=HHUA21082A

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee “responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.” They are taking donations for an emergency Afghanistan program.

Link: https://help.rescue.org/donate/afghanistan?ms=gs_ppc_fy21_afghanistan_dmusa_aug&initialms=gs_ppc_fy21_afghanistan_dmusa_aug&gclid=CjwKCAjw4KyJBhAbEiwAaAQbE1VMIyiPhK716AYLau1K8sbUwkVdY2UJonQbEJVeseeVP3TGDcRJfhoCZToQAvD_BwE

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

If you want to help out locally United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is having a fundraiser to “welcome Afghan SIV refugees to their new lives in Pittsburgh”. You donation “will be allocated directly to help ensure their needs are met with safe housing, food and clothing.”

Link: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/WelcomeRefugees

What Does (In)Equality Mean to You? Your Community Wants to Hear

Inequality has many forms and perspectives. Whether it be on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation or income, it is something that is important to be mindful of and to discuss.

In(equality) will be the topic of this week’s Community Circle. Community Circle provides a chance to dig into big life issues we all deal with, and to connect with others in a cozy space. The event will be hybrid, giving community members the choice of participating in person or virtually.

If you’d like to join us IN PERSON for this Community Circle (in Swisshelm Park), please message us at community@sapgh.org . Weather permitting, we will gather outside; otherwise, we’ll be masked indoors. If you’re joining VIRTUALLY, please check back here for the Zoom link the day of the event.

When: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 @ 7p – 8p

Where: Online or virtual

Visit sapgh.org/virtual for the Zoom link the day of the event!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/533571137952396

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:

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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


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


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!