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A Nonreligious Service on Easter Morning

Singer/songwriter Anne Weiss speaks for Sunday Assembly Portland
Singer/songwriter Anne Weiss speaks for Sunday Assembly Portland
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Multi-genre singer/songwriter Anne Weiss will be the keynote speaker at Sunday Assembly Portland on Easter morning. Sunday Assembly Portland is a secular congregation whose events are patterned after church services but have no religious content. Their Easter morning event, held at the Mission Theater in northwest Portland at 11:00, offers a non-religious alternative to traditional Easter Sunday church services.

The charter for Sunday Assembly Portland includes three main principles: Live better. Help often. Wonder more. Each gathering addresses those principles through singing and live music, fellowship, and an inspirational talk by an engaging guest speaker.

Event details:
WHO: Sunday Assembly Portland, featuring Anne Weiss
WHAT: Non-religious alternative to Easter Sunday church
WHEN: Sunday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland, Oregon

Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk, gospel music, and smatterings of classical phrasing and Latin rhythms, Anne Weiss is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, and striking stage presence.

Sunday Assembly is a global network of congregations started by two British comedians who envisioned a church-like organization friendly to believers and nonbelievers alike. The Sunday Assembly movement has since spread across the U.K. and Australia, and to many major cities in the United States.

Sunday Assembly Portland, founded in 2014, offers the communal music and fun of a church gathering, but with the deliberate absence of any religious or supernatural content. Citing a strategy of “radical inclusion”, the group seeks to build community that is friendly to all, including those whose lack of religious belief may cause them to feel alienated in a typical church setting.

For more information: Korin Scott Leman 815.451.6841

Here are some Portland-area community, secular, and philosophical groups that can be found at
-- Westside Science & Religion Disc.:
-- Sunday Assembly:
-- Center for Inquiry:
-- Humanists of Greater Portland:
-- Atheists Etcetera:
-- Philosophy Workshop:
-- The Center for Philosophical Naturalism: