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De-Baptism and Food Drive for Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign

  • Maplewood Public Library

    3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood, MN (map)

    45.032963 -93.025662

  • We're in the large meeting room to the right of the main lobby entrance.
  • March is the statewide food drive campaign organized by Minnesota FoodShare. Hundreds of local food shelves across the state benefit from the food collected by businesses, organizations, and churches during this March campaign.

    Continuing our mission of Positive Atheism in Action, the Minnesota Atheists is providing our members and supporters with a fun and free De-Baptism ceremony that will irreverently celebrate the rewards of godless freethinking and our local atheist community. 

    Participants who get de-baptized will receive a pleasant burst of warm air under the Hair Dryer of Reason which will symbolically dry off the water from your past baptism. If you have no baptism to renounce you can still fully participate to confirm your rejection of religious faith and archaic legends for an acceptance of reason in the corporeal world. Participants will also receive specially designed De-Baptism certificates to commemorate the event. 

    After we're done with the de-baptism ceremony we'll go to one of the fine eateries in Maplewood. That is TBD, but one idea is Acapulco 

    The only thing we ask that you bring is some non-perishable food items. Please don't use this as an opportunity to clean out your cupboards. We want to proudly donate good quality food that has not expired. Some ideas to consider: Pasta, cereal, canned fruit/veggies, juice, boxed dinners, canned chili, and tuna. For more ideas, click HERE. Cash donations are also accepted. Checks can be written out to Keystone Community Services which is who the food donations will be given to. 


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  • Pete H.

    Just wondering, Eric, whether the de-baptism business has some swell non-hymns that accompany your 120V-AC gawd swatter? That kind of thing would be a YouTube hit!

    March 28

    • Eric

      Great question. Here's a song that we've used in the past and one that I was planning to use for this de-baptism: http://www.youtube.co...­

      March 29

  • Caroline

    2:00 is a perfect time for drinks! I'm game!

    March 28

  • Eric

    Hey all -- I'm thinking of changing this up a little since we don't have a lot of Yes RSVPs. These things work well in large groups of 20+ which we had easily gotten in the past. Do you guys want to drop off your food donations at the Acapulco restaurant in Maplewood? Is 2pm too early for a drink and guacamole?

    March 28

  • Matthew H.

    Sorry, Sunday Assembly Webinar is at the same time.

    March 15

    • Eric

      Maybe we can hold the Sunday Assembly webinar at the Maplewood Library. We'll get the webinar and SA-friendly do-gooding / ceremony done in one awesome event!

      March 15

  • Eric

    I forgot about the FSM spaghetti dinner being scheduled for this same evening. We should be done well before that begins if you're interested in attending that too.

    March 14

  • Chuck13

    Question - is baptism a toggle switch or a continuum? For example if one were baptized, then debaptised I assume they are in an unbaprised state. So will another debaptism make a person unbaptised + 1 or inadvertently toggle the darn baptized state back on? ;)

    1 · March 8

    • Eric

      Haha! I'm glad you asked, Chuck. The more somebody is debaptized the deeper level of godlessness they achieve. For example, if someone was baptized but then they got debaptized they become an "Operating Heathen Level 1" (or OH 1). If that same person gets debaptized a second time they will have achieved OH 2 status, and so on... ;)

      3 · March 10

  • Ellen W

    What a great idea! I never was baptized, but I could still use a symbolic hairdryer blast to dry off any of my ideas that are "all wet!" :)

    1 · March 8

  • Ben

    I have never heard of being de-baptized. As it was not my choice to be baptized I am not sure I see the reason to being de-baptized.

    March 8

    • Eric

      Hi Ben - You may not find a good reason, personally, but for others a de-baptism is seen as a symbolic gesture that brings a small level of catharsis. Some just think it's a fun way to celebrate their atheist identity. Others don't think deeply about it at all and just want to participate in a light-hearted social activity. It's a free event so if you're interested to see what a de-baptism is about you know where to go! Bring some food if you're coming

      2 · March 8

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