Sunday Assembly London
1st & 3rd Sundays, 11.00
The Sunday Assembly presents
The Sunday Assembly
The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that meets to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life. It’s a service for anyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more.
We (usually*) meet every first and third Sunday in the Main Hall.
The Assembly is free to attend, is run by volunteers but need donations to cover hall hire.
London Assembly - Loyd Grossman
Sunday April 6th Assembly: Loyd Grossman talking about Old Buildings
After starting a career in journalism with Harpers & Queen and the Sunday Times he was diverted into television where as a writer, presenter or deviser he was involved in a wide range of programmes including Through the Keyhole, MasterChef, Behind the Headlines, History of British Sculpture, Loyd on Location and Build Britain, He also wrote and presented a series, Composers at Home, for Radio 3.
London Assembly – Changing the World - Mark Stevenson
Sunday April 20th Assembly – Changing the World: Mark Stevenson, incredible author of the Optimist’s Guide to the Future, brings his glass totally overflowing vision of the world to the Assembly, with his guide on how to make that happen. Mark Stevenson is an entrepreneur, author, ideas broker and public speaker.
“Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason.” – Chris Anderson, TED Curator. Mark is the author of the critically acclaimed (and many times translated) An Optimist’s Tour of the Future, but he has also written for The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Economist, The Daily Telegraph, and The New Statesman. His key skill is an ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter.
(* Not always! - please check the website for up to date details of events, not the Conway Hall website please. They're too overworked already.)
About the Sunday Assembly:
Sanderson Jones (over enthusiastic, bearded) and Pippa Evans (musical, hilarious) will join their host of inspirational speakers to create a morning that is part-atheist church, part-foot stomping show.
Each themed event has songs, readings and a final address on that topic. No matter what the subject, the goal of The Sunday Assembly is to solace worries, give perspective and inject a bit more whizziness into your daily life.
The Sunday Assembly is the brainchild of comedians Sanderson Jones (international purveyor of The Comedy Sale) and Pippa Evans (BBC Radio 4, Live at the Electric, The Showstoppers) who discovered on one long car journey to a gig that they were both thinking about starting a friendly community gathering for like-minded people.
The Sunday Assembly has had a whole host of fabulous speakers, including Sandi Toksvig, Marcus Brigstocke, Professor Richard Layard, Hadley Freeman and Arthur Smith.
Tony Benn: Assessing his Legacy for the Left
Sat 26 Apr 2014, 14.00
The Socialist History Society presents
Tony Benn: Assessing his Legacy for the Left
The Socialist History Society is hosting this seminar to assess Tony Benn's contribution to British politics; speakers will look at the historical roots of his commitment to socialism; his record in and out of office; some of the key causes he championed; and his role as a populariser of history.
Convenor Stop The War
Keith Flett (London Socialist Historians Group) – ‘growing more radical as he grew older'
Dr Duncan Bowie (University of Westminster/reviews editor, Chartist magazine) –‘the roots of Tony Benn’s socialist commitment’
Prof Willie Thompson (Historian, former editor Socialist History) – Why regrettably the Benn project did not succeed
Stefan Dickers (Library and Archives Manager, Bishopsgate) – Benn as archivist
Jon Lansman (editor Left Futures/CLPD) - Setting the Standard - What the Left should look for in a Leader
Stan Newens (ex-MP, ex-MEP; President SHS) – Benn as a Parliamentarian
Dr Kate Hudson (CND general secretary/historian) – Benn the peace and anti-nuclear activist
Religious Education Teachers' Conference
Wed 16 Jul 2014, 10.00
The British Humanist Association, supported by Conway Hall Ethical Society, presents a free day-conference for Religious Education teachers to explore Humanism and the inclusion of non-religious perspectives in Religious Education.
Religious Education teachers know that for their subject to remain relevant and engaging it is vital that it includes non-religious perspectives alongside religious beliefs as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. This view is supported by the Secretary of State for Education and by the Religious Education Council for England and Wales.
Surveys consistently show that a high proportion of young people are not religious, and it is vital that these young people are able to explore their own beliefs as they develop their own moral and ethical framework that will take them through to adult life.
The case for including Humanism in RE as non-religious worldview has never been stronger, but RE teachers will be the first to admit that they would value extra support and resources to be able to confidently include Humanism in lessons.
This day conference is aimed at Religious Education teachers, Head Teachers, Local Authority RE advisors, RE subject specialists and co-ordinators to increase teachers’ confidence and competence in planning and delivering lessons that include Humanism.
Registration is Free
10.00 - 16.00