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Sunday Assembly at Spotlight

Sunday 8th October, 11:00am

As the nights draw in and bonfire season approaches, join us for a slighly darker, chillier assembly than usual…

The East End band and choir will lead us down the darker alleys of singalong pop – there will be thrills and there may be spills. See their Facebook page for further details.

Apocalypse – from the Greek ‘apokálypsis’ – ‘revealing, unveiling’

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”
― Terry Pratchett

What is the enduring appeal of stories about the end of the world? What does that ‘reveal’ about us? From the four horseman of the Bible to Walking Dead zombies; from the feminist dystopia of A Handmaid’s Tale to the murderous robots of Terminator, these stories horrify and fascinate in equal measure… and what with climate change, increasingly scary technological advances, and the rise of sabre rattling authoritarian leaders worldwide, fact and fiction aren’t so easily to distinguish these days!

Fear not, for self-confessed post-apocalyptic fiction junkie Sarah Pearson is hear to take us on a tour of these stories via survival guides and cod psychology to argue that there is a silver lining to every mushroom cloud. By day Sarah works for charity Unlocked Graduates, trying to persuade graduates to become prison officers.

If the world ends on Sunday 8 October, you’ll be in excellent company!

Plus…community member Richard M.Preston shares his experience of life as a zombie – yes, a zombie (in ‘zom-com’ cinema hit Shaun of the Dead).

The East End band and choir will lead us down the darker alleys of singalong pop – there will be thrills and there may be spills.

Add our usual sprinkling of tea, coffee chat and community spirit! Apocalyptic fancy dress fiercely encouraged! Prizes await…

***** Sunday Assembly is free to attend and runs entirely on donations. Please bring cash and support us if you can, to keep it free for those who can’t *****

To find out more about Sunday Assembly East End, or get involved in shaping this community, please email samweatherald@sundayassembly.com