I was about seven years old when I had my first fall out with the man in the sky. My career ambition up to that point was to become a Nun. Yes. Yes it was.
I grew up in a small village and there was only one school in the area, which happened to be Catholic. I however, had not been baptised. But my older brother had. Each week, the school held a weekly mass. This meant that every child who had been baptised.. got to go up for a bit of the Body of Christ, (and some wine?) and a blessing.
Except for me. Of course. And one other kid. Having been singled out for not being baptised, our weekly ritual was to sit and watch, whilst every other child went up to receive their ‘holy’ bread.
And my first thought at being left out was….
“Really?! I think this is a bit bloody unfair. Is this man called God really that MEAN? I mean.. I’m only SEVEN!!!”. Actually I probably didn’t swear. I mean. I was only seven.
But that reality of being left out didn’t stop there. No. Because after that comes First Communion. Where all the other girls talk about dressing up in their pretty communion dresses. Every girl. Except. ME!
Instead, I was being told I will most likely end up in limbo, whilst everyone else will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, simply because of my non baptized status. Which wasn’t really that fair in my eyes.
And so after that, my default position, would usually end up with me questioning religion rather than rejoicing in it.
REFLECTION TIME: I often wonder if my life might have been different had I been baptised. Perhaps I might of fulfilled that ambition of being a Nun.
It’s not that I haven’t tried to believe. Or that I haven’t tried to submit myself to a spiritual ‘higher’ being or whatever. It’s just that. I was born cynical baby. I have found myself in churches since. I have prayed. And I have felt jealous of those who have been able to completely submit themselves to a faith. It’s always seemed like such a nice place to be. I just have never been able to… get there. I’ve never felt like I belonged.
So when I discovered the Sunday Assembly my instant thought was.
“Wow. What an awesome idea!!!”
You see. I’m just not sure I enjoy being told what I’m supposed to think or believe. Because if I don’t I don’t. I think it’s great if you do. But why do I have to believe what you believe. Can’t I just believe what I believe? I’m not saying that believing in what I believe is right. But why is what you believe right? And what I believe wrong? It’s not. Although obviously I can be wrong. I suppose I believe whatever works for the individual. Right?
Sorry. I was just enjoying digressing. Back to the POINT.
One thing I truly believe in, is humanity and the need to feel a belonging. So when I landed on the Sunday Assembly’s doorstep I believe it was just the thing I had been looking for.
So what is The Sunday Assembly and why is it so awesome?
The Sunday Assembly was created by Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans and is a godless congregation that celebrates life. The congregation has talks, a band and the feel good factor of singing popular songs. Together.
The motto: live better, help often, wonder more. The mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. The vision: a godless congregation in every town, city and village that wants one.
The Sunday Assembly is there for everyone who wants to:
Is 100% celebration of life. We are born from nothing and go to nothing. Let’s enjoy it together.
Has no doctrine. We have no set texts so we can make use of wisdom from all sources.
Has no deity. We don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do.
Is radically inclusive. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs – this is a place of love that is open and accepting.
Is free to attend, not-for-profit and volunteer run. We ask for donations to cover our costs and support our community work.
Has a community mission. Through our Action Heroes (you!), we will be a force for good.
Is independent. We do not accept sponsorship or promote outside businesses, organisations or services
Is here to stay. With your involvement, The Sunday Assembly will make the world a better place
We won’t won’t tell you how to live, but will try to help you do it as well as you can
And remember point 1… The Sunday Assembly is a celebration of the one life we know we have
I definitely recommend checking them out. You can find out more on their Facebook page:
I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too.