Human beings are meaning makers. Myth, religion, ideology and history are clear evidence of that. But how do people who accept that we are products of an un-designed, evolutionary universe construe meaning in life? What do purpose and meaning look like for those who accept their own mortality without expectation of an afterlife? And how does our understanding of why the world exists inform our personal meaning-making?
These are among the questions we will ponder at this next session of our exploration of the BIG questions. As we take up the task of deciphering or naming our own meanings, we will deepen our thinking by looking through the lenses of anthropology, sociology, psychology, biology, cosmology and ethics to gain perspective on meaning-making.
Childcare is available with advance notice. Please contact Audrey directly at [masked] to arrange for and ensure childcare.
As with each session, we will begin with a power-point overview of the question of the day, interspersed with group discussion. While people are encouraged to participate throughout the year, anyone is welcome to come to as many or as few of the monthly sessions as they are able.
The sessions will be led by Audrey Kingstrom, humanist, naturalist and atheist with master's degrees in theology and education. I expect our discussions to be enriched by the experiences, perspectives and personal study of all of the participants.
For a complete listing of the questions in the series, see the Humanists of MN website. Here's a link to the specific page. http://humanistsofmn.org/habits-of-humanism