The Humanist Assembly

of

Washington State

find the joy in life

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Our regular services are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7 - 9 pm.  They are currently located in the Meeting Room of the Seattle Mennonite Church located at 3120 NE 125th in Seattle.  We are not associated with the Mennonite Church except as (grateful) tenants.

You can also watch our services live through Livestream.com and view past services on Youtube.com

Pastor Dave also offers Officiant Services.  If you are getting married or committed to each other, want to have a naming ceremony for a new family member, or need to have a memorial service, we are here for you.  Plus, all of pastor Dave's officiant fees are donated to help establish this church.

Here is what you can expect from our regularly scheduled services.  They will begin with an evocation.


Note - Children are invited to attend if they can sit quietly.  An activity table will be provided in the back of the room.  In the near future "Sunday School" will be available that teaches age appropriate lessons about ethical behavior and basic scientific truths like evolution and the big bang.

We are a diverse group here at this gathering, but we are all humans. So, regardless of your spiritual leanings, we ask that you each pray or meditate in your own way, in order to bring forth your own human light of inspiration to shine on this event.

Let us recognize our debt to those who have gone before us, improving the human condition, and with our minds full of hope, let us look toward the future to continue that legacy through our own work and daily lives. Our very existence relies on constant changes. We are always passing through doorways toward challenges and events both known and unknown, always learning, growing, adapting, evolving. Humanity has been witness to a myriad of changes in the past hundreds and thousands of years. If we think about what life will be like for future generations, we can see that each of us are a cog in the wheel of change. What we do - or don't do - makes a difference to those around us now in our own lives, and also to those who follow. As the saying goes, BE the change you would like to see in the world. Let us join together to recognize the worth and value of what we do with renewed enthusiasm and energized resolve to give of ourselves in ways that make a difference to our community, our country and the world.

In closing, we ask that each individual gathered here help to create and maintain a spirit of caring, support and respect for each other. May we carry the example shown here today as inspiration for our own lives and careers.

Our regular services are a joyful celebration of humanity and Humanism.  They follow the same kind of format as any other church.  That includes a mixture of information, prayer, song, ceremony, fellowship and personal guidance.  It is all designed to raise your spirits, help you feel part of a community, and satisfy that natural human need to be a part of a congregation.

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We might then continue with an uplifting song.

"What A Wonderful World"

I see trees of green,
red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying,
"I love you".



                       Yes, I think to myself,
                       What a wonderful world.

                        Oh yeah.

I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.


I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more,
Than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Then a quotation from a famous Humanist, selected and read by a member of the congregation.

Richard Dawkins is an atheist, a vice president of the British Humanist Association, and a supporter of the Brights movement. He is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.


"Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it?   This is how I answer when I am asked – as I am surprisingly often – why I bother to get up in the mornings.   To put it the other way round, isn’t it sad to go to your grave without wondering why you were born?   Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?"

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Pastor Dave (or a guest speaker) will then begin a discussion on the topic of the day.  This will be a positive, powerful presentation designed to help you find the joy in life.  Common themes will include the traditional virtues such as Patience, Courage, Charity, Diligence, Kindness, Frugality, Humility, Prudence, and many others.  It might be some practical advice on how to deal with difficult people, whether they are strangers, co-workers, or family members.  Or tools you can use to help and uplift those around you.  We hope you always come away refreshed and joyful.

Stop by some time and have a listen for yourself.

I will create serenity within myself
to accept the things I cannot change,
I will have the courage to change the things I can
and I will gain the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
I will live each moment as it comes,
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking this world as it is, not as I would have it;

Improving the human condition,
Being a good steward of the planet;
I will strive for health in mind, body and spirit,
Not only for myself, but those around me today and those who will come after.
Amen

Our Services end with a joint recitation of the Humanist Serenity Prayer.

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Adults will then break into a continuing discussion of the day's topic and/or a group support session of "I know somebody who."

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