Sunday Assembly – Origin Stories

Sorry about the slow posting this week. It has been rather a busy time the last several days, with all sorts of deadlines and other things taking up lots of time. This includes things like being part of a shooting of a new TV show, writing and giving a midterm to my graduate electromagnetism class, preparing a bunch of documents for my own once-every-3-years evaluation (almost forgot to do that one until the last day!), and so on and so forth.

Well, the other thing I forgot to do is announce that I’ll be doing the local Sunday Assembly sermon (for want of a better word) this coming Sunday. I’ve just taken a step aside from writing it to tell you about it. You’ll have maybe heard of Sunday Assembly since it has been featured a lot in the news as a secular alternative (or supplement) to a Sunday Church gathering, in many cities around the world (more here). Instead of a sermon they have someone come along and talk about a topic, and they cover a lot of interesting topics. They sound like a great bunch of people to hang out with, and I strongly approve of the fact that they all go and hang out at the Cat and Fiddle afterwards, an old favourite place of mine.

So anyway, the web page with the details of the event is here. I’ll be talking about Cosmology, and will probably touch upon the big news story of earlier this year at the end, and try to put it all in perspective. The title of my talk is “Even the Universe Has an Origin Story”. I imagine that when I made that up on the fly during the Summer the media was all the buzz with one superhero movie story or another?

Now I better get back to writing something coherent for you to hear in case you come…

-cvj

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7 Responses to Sunday Assembly – Origin Stories

  1. Paul Gunson says:

    Hello Clifford, very proud to see a Fishers lad doing so well. You used to play in a band with my brother Mick, I’m his younger brother.
    I developed an interest in science and past it on to my son, who is going to study physics at university next year.
    That’s pretty much it, I just wanted to say hello.

  2. Clifford says:

    Hi Paul!

    Great to hear from you! I’m glad to hear that your son is off to study science. I hope he has a great time doing it…

    Say hi to your brother for me. I hope all is well!

    -cvj

  3. Nick says:

    I wish there was some form of secular congregation where I am! They sound like an excellent way for a community to bond over a shared passion for life, rather than a deity or set of beliefs.

  4. Clifford says:

    That’s heart-breaking news! Sometimes, I really think that this town is insane.. or effectively soulless… when stuff like this comes along. UGH. The same thing happened with the Jazz Bakery a number of years ago… turfed out of its premises because someone decided LA needed another furniture store, instead of the one (at the time) jazz club that was primarily still about the music.

    -cvj