Revisiting One's Personal Philosophy: What is the Meaning of Life?

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


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  • Michael K

    I thought this was going to be more of a facilitated discussion, and it was definitely more of a lecture, with bits of discussion here and there, which is fine, but not what I was looking for. The facilitator was very passionate about her beliefs and seemed to have worked hard on her presentation, which was very thoughtful of her.

    November 11, 2013

    • Douglas H.

      We were unable to attend, but having attended other presentations by Audry, this is her style. Last month we discussed changing the format as you want. Apparently it didn't take. The beneft to each would rise with group participation. Try the Socratian method.

      November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this topic ever going to be revisited? I was so extremely ill, but wanted to attend very badly.

    November 11, 2013

  • Lisa

    Very informative talk and great comments from the group - thanks Audrey!

    November 10, 2013

  • Susan H.

    Good materail.

    November 9, 2013

  • Ginny R.

    Great presentation, Audrey! This was a huge topic to cover in a single meeting, but was well done.

    November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the very late cancellation, I'm extremely ill

    November 9, 2013

  • Connie M.

    I'm glad to find a meeting of Humanists in Mpls etc. I attended the American Humanists' conference last summer in San Diego. So now I'm a confirmed Humanist and want to meet and talk with others of like minds.

    November 4, 2013

    • Susan H.

      You will enjoy getting to know Humanists here. Very smart, creative, ethical people. Good to have you join us.

      November 4, 2013

  • Josh M

    Is this a free event or is there admission?

    November 4, 2013

    • Audrey K.

      It's free, but it is co-sponsored by Humanists of MN and First Unitarian Society. These organizations are able to provide this kind of programming through donations by members and friends.

      November 4, 2013

  • Scott J.

    Audrey, I see you're attending the Tubman orientation along with Greg and Deborah and me, so if I can hitch a ride with you or Greg, I'll join the conversation when you do.

    October 26, 2013

  • Deborah J. N.

    There seems to be a conflict for me on Nov. 9....training @Tubman goes to 3pm. Won't get to FUS on time....being late not good option, so I can't make this #3 in Audrey's series.

    October 26, 2013

  • Greg H.

    Hi Audrey, I would really like to attend this event, but I'm Schedule for orientation and training at Tubman from 9A to 3P. Tubman is in the vicinity of FUS so I will be late. Maybe I will not pass the criminal background check. Ha Ha I'll keep you posted.

    October 26, 2013

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