Reminder: Our Next Assembly is May 13 – Other Upcoming Events

Just a friendly reminder that our normal assembly schedule has changed and we will not be meeting tomorrow.  We will however return in May just in time for Mother’s Day.  See our Events page for more information.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 17 – Volunteering @ Gleaners Food Bank of Detroit

Friday, March 30 – Karaoke Night @ The Inn Place in Royal Oak

Thursday, April 19 – Wine with TED “Pleasure & Happiness” in Pontiac (visit for Location)


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St. Patrick’s Day | Bet You Didn’t Know

Bet You Didn’t Know | History of St Patrick’s Day

This St. Patrick’s Day lesson was created by BC English using Video from Isabel Ferreira YouTube Channel

Let’s Begin…

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years.

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Sunday Assembly Detroit “The Power of Native Women” May 13, 2018

Sunday Assembly Detroit returns for its first assembly of 2018, just in time for a wonderful Mother’s Day special event.

Our guest speaker for May is Heather Bruegl, M.A., the Writer, Speaker, Historian, and Member of the Oneida Nation. She’ll be speaking on the role of matriarchal Native American Cultures, and the role of mothers throughout their history.

Heather Bruegl, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. Inspired by a trip to Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a passion for Native American History was born. She has spoken for numerous groups including the Salem-South Lyon Library, Shawano County Historical Society, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans, and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. She has spoken at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for Indigenous Peoples Day 2017. Heather also opened up and spoke at the Women’s March Anniversary in Lansing, Michigan. A curiosity of her own heritage lead her to Wisconsin, where she has researched the history of the Native American tribes in the area. Heather currently travels and speaks on Native American history, including policy and activism.

Visit our event page for RSVP and more information.



Secularism in Black History

In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to look back at a few notable secularists in Black History. What are some others that are important to you?  Please leave a comment below.

Butterfly McQueenThelma “Butterfly” McQueen (January 7, 1911 – December 22, 1995) was an American actress. Originally a dancer, McQueen first appeared in film in 1939 as Prissy, Scarlett O’Hara’s maid, in the film Gone with the Wind. She was unable to attend the movie’s premiere because it was held at a whites-only theater. Often typecast as a maid, she said: “I didn’t mind playing a maid the first time, because I thought that was how you got into the business. But after I did the same thing over and over, I resented it. I didn’t mind being funny, but I didn’t like being stupid.”

As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion.


James Arthur “Jimmy” Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. Some of Baldwin’s essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award-nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro.[

If the concept of God has any use, it is to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God can’t do that, it’s time we got rid of him.



James Forman (October 4, 1928 – January 10, 2005) was a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement and a leader active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and the International Black Workers Congress.

He received a master’s degree in African and Afro-American studies from Cornell University in 1980 and a Ph.D from the Union of Experimental Colleges and Universities with the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He founded James Forman and Associates, a political consulting group. During the 1990s, he taught at American University, the University of the District of Columbia and Morgan State University in Baltimore.[1] He was also the author of several notable books. The New York Times called him “a civil rights pioneer who brought a fiercely revolutionary vision and masterly organizational skills to virtually every major civil rights battleground in the 1960s.”

Belief in God hurts my people.


Name some others that inspire you.  Leave your comment below.


Reminder – Sunday Assembly is in Nashville this Month

Our normally monthly assembly at The Birmingham Temple won’t take place this month.  Instead, we’ll be live streaming Sunday Assembly Nashville, where our Board President, Keon Walker, will be joining their band in a few songs.

You can follow the event here:

Also, later in the week we’ll have two events later in the week.  Wine with TED will be in Royal Oak this month, on the topic of “Humor,”  which is going to be a lot of laughs.

Wine with TED "Humor"

On Saturday we’ll be volunteering our time at Gleaner’s in Pontiac.  Come out and help us Help Often.

Sunday Assembly Nashville

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