November Assembly - Sea Change

  • Posted on: 13 November 2021
  • By: alex

Our November Assembly features guest speaker Kim Cobb, Director of the Global Change Program.

Dr. Cobb is a strong advocate for women in science and champions diversity and inclusion in all that she does. She is also devoted to the communication of climate change to the public through media appearances, public speaking, and social media channels, and enjoys frequent exchanges with policymakers about climate impacts and solutions.

October Assembly - Remembrance

  • Posted on: 8 October 2021
  • By: alex

Our October Assembly is our annual Remembrance theme.

Jean Higham will talk about her experience as an atheist in offering secular words of comfort to religious loved ones who are dying or grieving. One resource she'll talk about is a book by Greta Christina, called "Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God."

August Assembly - Awe Inspiring

  • Posted on: 5 August 2021
  • By: alex

You're invited to our August online Assembly!

Our guest speaker, Michael Fredrickson of Pixar, will be speaking on the emotion of awe. Mighty Mike McGee will be back to read some of his poetry, too!

Greg will be giving his "Doing Your Best" talk, and we'll have a moment of reflection, "Life Happens," and of course, singalong videos!

Conversation tables are available before Assembly from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM and at noon after Assembly.

July Assembly - Preparedness

  • Posted on: 6 July 2021
  • By: alex

Our July Assembly features guest speaker Brian Glass of NASA, talking to us about "Planetary Protection" as it applies to the risks of microbes crossing between planets.

We'll be singing along with the band to Saturday in the Park by Chicago, Paradise by Coldplay, and Rocket Man by Elton John.

Join us online for socializing, sing-alongs, a reading, an exciting guest speaker, a member's Doing Your Best talk, a moment of reflection, and life updates from attendees! Steve Sergeant will be our emcee.

June Assembly - Summer Solstice

  • Posted on: 26 May 2021
  • By: alex

Summer Solstice (and Father’s Day) fall on a Sunday, one week after our June Assembly. Let's celebrate at Assembly!

Our guest speaker, Mark Green, “developed for himself what is now called Atheopaganism: a supernatural-free religious tradition of celebrations, observances, meditations and other meaningful practices, the goal of which is to increase happiness both individually and in society, and to foster the development of a more sustainable, just and kind world.”

April Assembly - Beyond Darwin

  • Posted on: 9 April 2021
  • By: alex

Our guest speaker, Megan Hochstrasser, Ph.D., is a CRISPR expert and professional science communicator with the Innovative Genomics Institute, and her mission is to bridge the gap between researchers and the public.

We’ve come a long way since Darwin first introduced his rudimentary theory of evolution. Scientists have recently learned how to modify an individual’s genome. CRISPR, an acronym for a description of nucleotides on certain stretches of DNA, is the new earth-shaking genome-editing tool that does this.

March Assembly - Verbal Vagaries

  • Posted on: 1 March 2021
  • By: alex

Our guest speaker is Benjamin Bergen, Professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. He’ll discuss research showing that humans are in fact quite resilient in the face of ambiguous language, from homophones (to, two, and too) to headlines (Children’s Stool Good For Use in Garden).

Join our celebration! Assembly also includes a reading, how a member is doing their best, and a moment of reflection. As usual, we'll rejoice by singing along with our band!

Be sure to register in advance. More details coming!

February Assembly - Free Hugs!

  • Posted on: 1 February 2021
  • By: alex

Start your Valentine's Day with heart-warming hugs! Before the pandemic, CK Goldiing, an overthinker in need of rehabilitation, was challenged to find 61 strangers to hug. We'll be viewing "61 Hugs," Goldiing's winner of the Best Short Documentary of the Year 2019.

We'll also be singing along with the band on:

  • Love Shack - The B52s
  • You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
  • Shower the People - James Taylor

Our celebration also includes a reading, how a member is doing their best, and a moment of reflection. Steve S. will be hosting.