About SAO

So What’s this all about?

Sunday Assembly is a growing network of secular communities dedicated to celebrating the one life we know we have. Our motto is “Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More.”  The very first assembly took place in 2013 in London, England. Since then, it has spread to 70+ cities across eight different countries. Sunday Assembly Olympia started in October 2015 and currently averages around 30 people at our monthly Assemblies.

Everyone is welcome at Sunday Assembly Olympia! It doesn’t matter what you believe, or don’t believe. All that matters is that you want to connect with other people and enjoy life.

Our membership spans all ages and diverse backgrounds. We are families with young kids, empty nesters, college students, retirees, and everything in between. We come from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds, but we all share a deep curiosity about life and the human experience as well as a commitment to reason and critical inquiry.

Many of us come from religious backgrounds that we’ve left behind for one reason or another, and others of us have never been religious. We’re not here to tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t believe. We’re here to create a space for people who want to be part of a community that’s non-religious in nature — one that fosters human connection, inspiration, and opportunities to help together in our larger community through service projects. If this sounds like you, come join the party!

Live Better. Help Often. Wonder More.

Just by being with us you should be energized, vitalized, restored, repaired, refreshed, and recharged.

The Sunday Assembly Charter

We’re not here to tell you how to live your life—we’re here to help you be the best version of you you can be. The Sunday Assembly...

  1. Is 100% celebration of life. We are born from nothing and go to nothing. Let’s enjoy it together.
  2. Has no doctrine. We have no set texts so we can make use of wisdom from all sources.
  3. Has no deity. We don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do.
  4. Is radically inclusive. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs—this is a place of love that is open and accepting.
  5. Is free to attend, not-for-profit and volunteer run. We ask for donations to cover our costs and support our community work.
  6. Has a community mission. Through our Action Heroes (you!), we will be a force for good.
  7. Is independent. We do not accept sponsorship or promote outside businesses, organisations, or services.
  8. Is here to stay. With your involvement, The Sunday Assembly will make the world a better place.
  9. Won’t tell you how to live, but will try to help you do it as well as you can.
  10. And remember point 1… The Sunday Assembly is a celebration of the one life we know we have.

Meet the SAO Board Members

  • Candice Holcombe
    Candice Holcombe Secretary

    Candice moved to the Pacific Northwest about twelve years ago, lured by the gorgeous landscapes and progressive culture. Her favorite things include time with her son, live music, road trips, and anything that gets her out into nature, especially onto the waters of Puget Sound.

  • Kendra Albrecht
    Kendra Albrecht Treasurer

    Kendra lives in Olympia, WA with her husband, Matt, their 1-year old son, Grady, and their two dogs. She works from home as a graphic designer and loves going to the movies, board games, and listening to all kinds of music! She enjoys meeting new people and spending time outdoors in the sunshine!

  • Marty McDonald
    Marty McDonald Board Member

    Marty grew up in Tacoma and has lived in Olympia since 1996.  He and his wife have 2 grown children and enjoy being empty nesters!  He enjoys hiking, reading, and good food.  But most of all, he loves connecting with other people. He wants to share life’s joys, help other people, and have fun.  

  • Pam Stackhouse
    Pam Stackhouse Board Member

    Pam grew up in the Midwest, but has called the Northwest home since the Coast Guard showed her what a great part of the country it is. Her children are grown, giving her time to travel in pursuit of good live music, family and friends, and political activism. Movies, books, and community, keep her busy and happy when in town. 

  • Pat Morrison
    Pat Morrison Board Member

    Pat is a native Northwesterner who lives in Centralia nowadays. He loves classical music, artsy-fartsy movies (it’s cinema!), and good cheese. You’ll find him poking through bookstores, eating pho, and thinking deep thoughts. Well, thinking anyway.

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