Sunday Assembly launches page to help community get involved

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This year, Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh will celebrate its fifth anniversary. The organization made it this far with an amazing team of people . We are looking for individuals who are passionate about improving the community to join our team and help Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh continue to thrive. There are volunteer opportunities for vast range of talents ranging from music, to social media, to making coffee.

Click the button below to find out how to get involved!

How to celebrate Fred Roger’s 1-4-3 (I-Love-You) Day today

What is 1-4-3 Day?

Today is the first annual 1-4-3 Day in Pennsylvania, falling on the 143rd day of the year. Fred Rodgers often used 1-4-3 to mean “I love you”. The numbers represent the amount of letters in each word. Mr. Rogers was considered one of Pennsylvania’s kindest people and 1-4-3 Day is meant to help his kindness live on.

How to celebrate?

You celebrate by simply being kind to your neighbors. Today is an opportunity to be mindful of how we influence the people around us. Below I listed some ideas of how you can celebrate, some taken from pa.gov/143-day:

  • Buy someone coffee
  • Donate to a charity
  • Volunteer your time at a nursing home
  • Compliment a stranger
  • Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in awhile
  • Leave a big tip for a server

I hope we can spread kindness throughout our neighborhood, not just today, but throughout the year. Let’s spread love throughout the city! For more information about 1-4-3 Day, visit pa.gov/143-day

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

Sunday Assembly sees jump in sustaining member donations

This year Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh will be celebrate its five-year anniversary. Due to an increase in expenses, we found ourselves in the red financially — the organization was spending more money than it was taking in. We chose to turn to the reason we exist, the community. On May 15, 2019 the High Five Campaign was launched.

The goal of the campaign is to at least increase the amount of monthly donations by $100. At the start of High Five, there were only 7 sustaining members who weren’t part of the board. During the first week, that number increased by four, which is a more than a 50 percent increase.

Sunday Assembly hopes the campaign will help us to continue to improve and grow the community. We are hopeful together we can thrive for the next five years and beyond.

To become participate in the High Five Campaign and become a sustaining member, please visit sapgh.org/highfive.

Sunday Assembly opens voting for June Book Club

The Book club has opened voting for their June book! The books range from A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, to Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin. Use the button at the bottom of the page to cast your vote.

Book club will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11AM to ~12:30PM, at Panera Bread (3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh).

Follow the event here: Book Club

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

Sunday Assembly announces additional Family Play Dates

Our families are a significant reason our community is vibrant. More Family Play Dates have been announced. Connecting our families leads to a stronger community. The events are listed below. Follow the events on Facebook for updates.

Family Play Date (CLICK FOR DETAILS)

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Where: Anderson Playground: Schenley Park, Panther Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Family Play Date (Click for details)

When: Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Where: Mellon Park
6601 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206

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

Sunday Assembly broke multiple records in April

April 2019 Assembly

During the month of April, sapgh.org had the most page views ever. Within the month the website had 1,016 views by 489 visitors. In addition to the record month for the website, April’s Assembly had 75 people, which is a record for a regular monthly Assembly (Yule Rock had 87 people).

This year Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh will celebrate its 5-year anniversary. A goal from the beginning of the organization was to steadily grow and reach as many individuals a possibly to improve their quality of life and the community.

The interest in the website and Assemblies are good signs. We wish to continue to expand more the next five years to come, and have a positive impact on the Pittsburgh community.

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

Pittsburgh air quality receives ‘F’ grade: What you can do about it

Pittsburgh’s air quality has ranked among the worse in the country for years. Just recently the American Lung Association released its State of the Air report, giving the Pittsburgh region a ‘F’ grade.

The poor air quality in the City has not been without consequence — research has shown Pittsburgh’s childhood asthma rates are ‘alarmingly high’. Researchers also have concluded reducing air pollutants would reduce our risk of cancer.

So, what can we do to help? Below I listed some steps you can take as individuals.

Use less energy

It’s easy to forget that most activities we do throughout the day leave an energy footprint. These activities range from cooling our homes to driving, to work, to cutting our lawns. Some tips from the EPA are as follows:

  • “Follow gasoline refueling instructions for efficient vapor recovery, being careful not to spill fuel and always tightening your gas cap securely.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label when buying home or office equipment.
  • Consider purchasing portable gasoline containers labeled “spill-proof,” where available.
  • Conserve electricity and set air conditioners no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Keep car, boat, and other engines properly tuned.
  • Defer lawn and gardening chores that use gasoline-powered equipment, or wait until evening
  • Be sure your tires are properly inflated.”

Click here for the EPA’s full list

Plant A Tree

Trees can play many roles in reducing pollution. A report by the The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has shown the particle matter near trees was reduced between seven percent to 24 percent. It was also reported that trees cooled the temperature by up to 3.6 degree Fahrenheit., which can lead to people using less energy to cool their homes.

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Plant A Tree program allows for you to donate trees throughout the city parks. There are many options to fit a variety of budgets.

One could also get involved with Tree Pittsburgh . Tree Pittsburgh is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to enhancing the City’s vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through tree maintenance, planting, education and advocacy”. There are many ways to give.

Contact Your Local Representatives

It is the jobs of the our representatives to, well, represent us. They awrite and shape the policies that effect our lives. The policies of our city and state play a significant role on the air we breathe. Below is how you can find representative and contact them to let them know your concerns about the air quality.

City Council

Locate your City Council District

Contact your Councilperson

State Congress

Find your local Congressperson

State Senate

Find your local Legislator

The time to act is now — we cannot continue to wait for someone else to fix the problems of our community and city. These are only few things you can do, there are many resources and ideas out there to be discovered, but it’s a start.

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

Sunday Assembly Announces Spring Service Project

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh will be joining the Princeton Park Neighbors BlockClub and Western PA Conservancy to beautify (cleaning and planting) the median strip on Ardmore near Community Forge.

We will meet at Ardmore and Marlboro (a 5 minute walk from Community Forge). You’re welcome to come and go during the 8am-12pm window! We may grab lunch and a cold drink afterwards!

*Kids age 12 and up welcome*

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

The woman largely responsible for modern computers and programming

(Photo by Donaldson Collections/Getty Images)

Where we are today with computers and technology is due to countless incremental steps, eventually leading to enormous leaps. Many of those responsible for the advancements have been left out of the vaults of history. Fortunately, Ada Lovelace wasn’t one of those people.

I first heard of Ada Lovelace while reading ‘The Innovators‘ by Walter Isaacson. I remember being intrigued by what was considered a very unorthodox life at the time, especially for a woman, and the irony that preceded her spot being solidified in history.

Ada’s father was the famous poet, Lord Byron. Lord Byron lived an untamed boisterous life. He was also a luddite, which was an anti-technology movement at the time. Ada’s mother, Lady Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron, was a bright woman, in fact, Lord Byron was attracted to her by her intelligence. The marriage between Lord Byron and Ada’s mother was short and disastrous. Anne and Lord Byron separated soon after Ada was born on December 10, 1815. Ada never saw haw her father again.

Lady Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron had such a dislike for Ada’s father, she wanted Ada to be nothing like him. In an attempt to steer Ada way from the arts and anything that could lead her to have the personality of her father, she immersed Ada in science and mathematics. From an early age, Ada was shown to have a talented for mathematics and science. Ada was tutored by a few high profile individuals, who included, Augustus De Morgan, the first professor of mathematics at the University of London, and Mary Somerville, a Scottish astronomer and mathematician, the first woman who was a member of the Royal Astronomical Society.

An early mentor and friend of Ada was Charles Babbage. Babbage is credited with inventing the difference engine, which solved mathematical calculations. He was also helped to create what was called the analytical machine that could solve more complex calculations than the difference machine, it is considered to be the first computer. Ada saw the analytical machine when it was in the process of being built and was extremely intrigued.

In 1843, Ada was asked to translate an article written on the analytical machine by the Italian engineer, Luigi Federico Menabrea. Ada translated the article from French to English, and added her own annotations. The notes were three times longer than the article. At this point in history, machines were envisioned and built to complete single specialized tasks — Ada was the first to envision a machine that could execute a nearly infinite amount of tasks, similarly to modern computers. In her notes she explained in detail how the analytical machine could be programmed to use numbers and symbols to write any program an engineer could imagine. Ada also was the first to describe what programmers today call “looping”, which is when a machine repeats one or multiple lines of instructions. Ada’s notes were published separately in an English journal. She published under the initials, “A.A.L.”, which stood for Augusta Ada Lovelace, most likely to hide her identity as a woman.

Many consider Ada Lovelace to be the first computer programmer. She used her passions of the arts and sciences to envision something well beyond complementary thinking. Ada’s contribution wasn’t realized until the 1950’s. B.V. Bowden republished her work for the world to see in 1953 in ‘Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines’.

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

How Sunday Assembly hopes to help you pursue your hobbies

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh (SAPGH) launched their ‘smoup’ platform. A smoup is short for “small group”. The gathering can be one-time or something that occurs regularly. A type of smoup can range from just about any category (science, wellness, art, technology etc.).

There are a few rules. Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh is a 501(c)(3) community benefit organization, therefore any smoup cannot be a for-profit event. Also, no events can support any political candidates. Lastly, events must be in line with the values listed in SAPGH’s charter .

To start a smoup your are required to fill out a form and it has to be approved by the Chairperson of the Community Committee. Once a smoup has been approved, Sunday Assembly will post it on social media and our website. 


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