Sunday Assembly (SA) Columbus, the local chapter of England-based Sunday Assembly International, is the latest addition to the Columbus Coalition of Reason. SA started having non-theistic yet somewhat church-like meetings last Fall and has a speaker scheduled at tomorrow’s 11 AM meeting.
Our June Sunday Assembly speaker will be Miri Mogilevsky, a well-known activist who will be speaking regarding “Mental Health in One’s Community.” Miri will be our guest on Sunday, June 7. Miri holds an M.S.W. from Columbia University, intending to practice evidence-based therapy with LGBTQ and secular clients. Miri writes about mental health and many other topics on her blog, Brute Reason, and has presented at numerous national conferences. Miri also helps staff an online hotline for sexual assault survivors and serves as Communications Adviser for Secular Avenue, helping secular individuals escape from unsafe homes. She also founded and helps moderate an online support group for nontheists struggling with mental health issues.
Although SA gatherings involve music and education, some other church style activities are not present. According to SA:
The goal of Sunday Assembly Columbus is to provide a space to celebrate the one life that we know we have, and to create a caring community that aspires to Live Better, Help Often, and Wonder More. Our organization embraces no dogma and aims to be radically inclusive, basing its philosophy in a naturalistic worldview that allows members to draw from the wisdom of any source that inspires them. While we do not do supernatural, we respect the values of all who attend and instead hope to focus on the common ground that will move our community forward. We meet monthly at Kafe Kerouac (2250 N. High St., 2 blocks north of OSU) at 11 a.m. on the 1st Sunday of each month (2nd Sunday if the 1st one lands on a major holiday weekend). Our services include a speaker, an educational talk, a reading, music, and free coffee and baked goods. Many of us then meet across the street at Cazuela’s immediately afterwards for lunch. We also meet occasionally for service projects and support groups at different times throughout the month.