Past Events

November 2022: Journey

Have you ever dreamed of being a nonstop traveler? SASV member, Donna Terman, turned that dream into reality. Together with her husband, Donna traveled worldwide for more than a year, starting in 2016. How did they come to this big decision, what was the planning process like, and what advice does Donna have for anyone considering long-term travel? Come hear Donna talk about the logistics of this travel adventure and how it all worked out!

October 2022: Remembrance

Each October we hold an Assembly with the theme of Remembrance. We will be performing a ceremony to remember the people that we’ve lost. If you would like, we invite you to bring a picture, an item, a story, or simply the name of someone that you loved and have lost. We will also have fall leaves available to place on our Remembrance table during the ceremony in honor of those we've lost.

September 2022: Keep Nature Beautiful

Our speaker this month is Deb with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful. Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful is a community-driven organization with the vision of a vibrant Coyote Creek with clean waters, abundant wildlife, and natural beauty that everyone can enjoy. Deb will share how they mobilize resources and engage community members to become the creek’s advocates and caretakers. The programs they offer include action projects, educational events, and recreational activities, all to help people learn more and take care of Coyote Creek, located in the South Bay.

July 2022: Don't Be Serious

picture of happy child

After living in Thailand for the worst parts of Covid, SASV member Alicia will share highlights of her experience and what we can all learn from Thai culture: how to slow down, how not to take things too seriously, and how to show up for each other (and have fun doing it!).

More details are coming!

June 2022: Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

It's time to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Get ready to sing some bright sunny pop songs, and bask in some warm gratitude for the sun and summer! We’ll also have Creative Space, Moment of Reflection, Doing Your Best, and Life Happens.

Outdoor potluck from noon to 1:00 pm. Last month's lunch was fun, so please bring a dish to share and stick around to chat with friends and meet newcomers!

May 2022: Reconnecting!

Join us for our first in-person Assembly in two years! We'll be singing along to great pop songs with the band, hearing from members of our congregation, and, in lieu of a speaker, we'll have some small group discussion time to connect with each other. And afterwards, especially for Mother’s Day, enjoy pizza and ice cream sundaes on us!

If you're not able to join us in person, you can still join us on Zoom. The link will be on Meetup for those who RSVP.

April 2022: Keys to Happiness

Happiness in colours

Join us for Assembly! Our guest speaker is Joshua French, a co-organizer of Action for Happiness Brighton (UK). Joshua will be introducing us to the evidence-based 10 Keys to Happier Living. We’ll have a chance to share our ideas about how to create a happier, kinder world.

Richard is hosting this month. We’ll also have a reading, a Doing Your Best talk, and great singalongs with our music team, along with social time before and after Assembly. Let's have fun and be happy!

March Assembly - Diversity

Our guest speaker, Mandisa Thomas, is the founder and president of Black Nonbelievers, Inc.

Mandisa will discuss women of color in the secular movement and the work they're doing, including Women of Color Beyond Belief 2022. She will also discuss ways to support this work, as well as how secular organizations can improve in their diversity efforts.

We'll be singing Happy by Pharrell Williams, What the World Needs Now by Jackie DeShannon, and I'm a Believer by Smash Mouth.