January 7, 2016 Update:
- Is Sunday Assembly Chicago still a thing?
Not right now, but it could be again. Sunday Assembly Chicago ran monthly assemblies and occasional other events from December 2013 to April 2015. We had a great time. However, people are busy, and running such an organization as a volunteer with little money is taxing. We relied on 2-3 dedicated producers to run the group for over a year, but predictably, they got burned out because life and unreliable volunteers, and there was no one to take their place.
- What would it take to get Sunday Assembly Chicago up and running again?
Elbow grease and/or money. We need 2-5 dedicated people willing to put in a few hours a week and one whole day per month to managing volunteers, the venue, social media, finances, programming, equipment, etc. They need to work as a team.
We (Ben and Jenn Zalisko) were the last executive producers of the group, and we can set you up with the sound equipment, a little left over money, email list, social media passwords, and accumulated wisdom you’ll need to run the group. Convince them that you’ve got the people and dedication to restart Sunday Assembly Chicago, and we’ll help you get it done. We may even be able to get the old house band back together.
We also need a venue. Previously, we have met at the Murphy Elementary School auditorium and the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Venues aren’t cheap, and the cheapest ones are often unreliable. If you can find someone willing to donate their space, it would make your life so much easier.
Speaking of which, if you’re interested in being a benefactor of Sunday Assembly Chicago, providing a venue or some jingle to cover one, you might be able to coax Ben and Jenn out of retirement. 😉
- Well that sucks. Are there any alternatives to Sunday Assembly Chicago?
Sure! If you’re looking for a secular community, you can check out the following organizations:
- Ethical Humanist Society
- Chicago Skeptics
- Secular Student Alliance chapters (If you’re a student)
- Kol Hadash (Jewish Humanism)
- Black Nonbelievers of Chicago
- Chicago Latino Atheists
- Chicago Coalition of Reason
- Freedom from Religion Foundation, Chicago chapter
Unitarianism isn’t for everyone in the Sunday Assembly crowd, but there is a bit of overlap. Chicago features a number of Unitarian congregations, and you may feel at home in one of those churches.
In the meantime…
– Join our facebook group
– Like our facebook page
– Email us at ChicagoSundayAssembly@gmail.com to get on the email list
– Add Ben Zalisko on facebook
… and we’ll make sure you’re informed if Sunday Assembly Chicago, or something like it, gets back up and running again.
Here is a video of our last assembly from March 2015:
Most of our old assemblies are also on youtube…