Leave aside for a moment all your questions and comments about the purported necessity of having an exclusively atheist theological mix. Notice what they are doing for an aggressive growth model: it's a franchise model.
A recent article by the newly-minted Sunday Assembly Everywhere (SAE) network outlines the SA affiliation process: Interested groups must apply for a Sunday Assembly charter and license agreement, “which will give you the right to use all the Sunday Assembly materials, logos, positive vibe and goodwill.” The next step is to form a legal entity, probably an “unincorporated association… which allows you to have a bank account.” And then, training from SA HQ, either in the UK or via “webinars and telecals worldwide.” If all goes well, aspiring founders will be invited to sign “A SAE Stage I Charter. This is a ‘provisional license,’ which gets you running your Sunday Assembly using our tried-and-tested formats and themes.” This is followed by a peer-review process and evaluation by other SA chapters. Nailed it? A “Stage II Charter” will be issued, granting full SAE membership. The model is inspired by TEDx.
In general we congregationalist types are not particularly impressed with anything that relies on "Tried-and-tested-formats-and-themes." And a "peer review process and evaluation by other [SA] chapters" would probably be unwelcome.
On the other hand, our Congregational Growth Consultant, Tandi Rogers is sputtering with a mild rage over congregations that don't keep current email addresses for congregational leaders up to date with the UUA.
|The Sunday Assembly's founders, Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones|