What we're about

The Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers offers a place where those who are "nones", freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and skeptics can find others who share a secular humanist outlook and interests. We also serve as an educational resource for those wishing to explore secularism and freethought. The group serves as a place to discuss ideas, books, videos and lots of other things. We also explore ways to make Freethinkers more visible and active in the community. Finally, we seek ways to confront and respond to the encroachment of religion in our politics, schools and government.

Our current community efforts include volunteer activities with the Grand Rapids Food Bank/Food shelf, and participation in the annual toy packing effort to provide toys to children in families with limited financial resources during the holiday season. We also participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program and take responsibility for a two mile section of Hwy 169 east of Grand Rapids in the spring and fall. Each year we raise money to support the Boys and Girls Club of the North. This money is used to cover the BGN's membership fee of $10 per year for the children of families who have limited financial resources. Some of our members also volunteer their help with the children at the middle school where activities and meals are provided both during the school year and during the summer. We are always seeking additional ideas for both fundraising and worthwhile community service activities.
Annual membership dues are $25 per adult, $15 for students (high school and college) and $50 for families. If you identify as a secular humanist, or are looking for a way to serve the community without the umbrella of a church, or just want to learn more about these topics and ideas, you will find a welcoming and supportive community within GRAF. For more information, visit our public Facebook page, Grand Rapids Freethought, or contact us at grafmn@outlook.com. We welcome all ages.

Upcoming events (4+)

Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers monthly meeting

Central Square Mall

Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Central Square Mall, 201 NW 4th Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.
Meetings include interactive discussions of future activities and projects, current events, a topic introduced via guest speaker or video, and group discussion around that topic. There is always time for socializing with other members.

Our mission statement:
Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers are dedicated to building a welcoming atheist community that actively promotes secular values through educational programs, social activities, and participation in public affairs.

Our objectives:
Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers is a nonprofit organization that promotes:
 Building a local network of non-religious persons
 Advocating for the separation of church and state
 Providing a forum for the discussion of secular issues
 Increasing public understanding and acceptance of atheists,
freethinkers, and secular humanists
 Advancing critical thinking and secular view points
 Sharing news and information related to atheism, freethought, and humanism
 Participating in social activities, community service, and humanitarian projects.
GRAF is an active chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), which was founded in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, and works to keep state and church separate and to educate the public about the views of nontheists.

We support the following local organizations with through donations of time and funds:
Boys and Girls Club of the North.
Minnesota’s Adopt-a-Highway program
Second Harvest Heartland
Project Care Free Clinic
Grace House

We are always looking for new members. Feel free to invite friends and family to attend a meeting and check us out!

Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers monthly meeting

Central Square Mall

Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Central Square Mall, 201 NW 4th Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.
Meetings include interactive discussions of future activities and projects, current events, a topic introduced via guest speaker or video, and group discussion around that topic. There is always time for socializing with other members.

Our mission statement:
Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers are dedicated to building a welcoming atheist community that actively promotes secular values through educational programs, social activities, and participation in public affairs.

Our objectives:
Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers is a nonprofit organization that promotes:
 Building a local network of non-religious persons
 Advocating for the separation of church and state
 Providing a forum for the discussion of secular issues
 Increasing public understanding and acceptance of atheists,
freethinkers, and secular humanists
 Advancing critical thinking and secular view points
 Sharing news and information related to atheism, freethought, and humanism
 Participating in social activities, community service, and humanitarian projects.
GRAF is an active chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), which was founded in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, and works to keep state and church separate and to educate the public about the views of nontheists.

We support the following local organizations with through donations of time and funds:
Boys and Girls Club of the North.
Minnesota’s Adopt-a-Highway program
Second Harvest Heartland
Project Care Free Clinic
Grace House

We are always looking for new members. Feel free to invite friends and family to attend a meeting and check us out!

Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers monthly meeting

Central Square Mall

Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Central Square Mall, 201 NW 4th Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.
Meetings include interactive discussions of future activities and projects, current events, a topic introduced via guest speaker or video, and group discussion around that topic. There is always time for socializing with other members.

Our mission statement:
Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers are dedicated to building a welcoming atheist community that actively promotes secular values through educational programs, social activities, and participation in public affairs.

Our objectives:
Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers is a nonprofit organization that promotes:
 Building a local network of non-religious persons
 Advocating for the separation of church and state
 Providing a forum for the discussion of secular issues
 Increasing public understanding and acceptance of atheists,
freethinkers, and secular humanists
 Advancing critical thinking and secular view points
 Sharing news and information related to atheism, freethought, and humanism
 Participating in social activities, community service, and humanitarian projects.
GRAF is an active chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), which was founded in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, and works to keep state and church separate and to educate the public about the views of nontheists.

We support the following local organizations with through donations of time and funds:
Boys and Girls Club of the North.
Minnesota’s Adopt-a-Highway program
Second Harvest Heartland
Project Care Free Clinic
Grace House

We are always looking for new members. Feel free to invite friends and family to attend a meeting and check us out!

Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers monthly meeting

Central Square Mall

Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Central Square Mall, 201 NW 4th Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.
Meetings include interactive discussions of future activities and projects, current events, a topic introduced via guest speaker or video, and group discussion around that topic. There is always time for socializing with other members.

Our mission statement:
Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers are dedicated to building a welcoming atheist community that actively promotes secular values through educational programs, social activities, and participation in public affairs.

Our objectives:
Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers is a nonprofit organization that promotes:
 Building a local network of non-religious persons
 Advocating for the separation of church and state
 Providing a forum for the discussion of secular issues
 Increasing public understanding and acceptance of atheists,
freethinkers, and secular humanists
 Advancing critical thinking and secular view points
 Sharing news and information related to atheism, freethought, and humanism
 Participating in social activities, community service, and humanitarian projects.
GRAF is an active chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), which was founded in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, and works to keep state and church separate and to educate the public about the views of nontheists.

We support the following local organizations with through donations of time and funds:
Boys and Girls Club of the North.
Minnesota’s Adopt-a-Highway program
Second Harvest Heartland
Project Care Free Clinic
Grace House

We are always looking for new members. Feel free to invite friends and family to attend a meeting and check us out!

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Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers monthly meeting

Central Square Mall

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