What we're about

This group is sponsored by HumanistsMN (http://humanistsmn.org), which brings together people who, without supernatural beliefs, aspire to lead lives of personal fulfillment and contribute to the greater good of humanity and the planet through reason, science, compassion, and creativity.

If you believe in those principles or are interested in learning about them or want to help others learn about humanism join us for our meetings, events, and social times.

We usually have a regular Humanist Community Gathering on the 3rd Saturday of the month but will send out a reminder to members when the topic/speaker is set (or check the calendar!). In addition, there are many other smaller meetups during the month.

Meetings are open to anyone who is interested in humanism and wants to meet other humanists. But please considering joining HumanistsMN to help support us financially and build the power of humanism in our society. Join here (https://humanistsmn.org/join/#join)!

Upcoming events (5)

Humanism in Action: Helping Kids get Free Bikes!

6100 Shingle Creek Pkwy

Help get bikes ready for kids to pick up (for free!, in partneship with Allina health) KEEP READING: To participate in this event, you need to sign up on Free Bikes 4 Kidz webpage - https://fb4kmn.org/volunteer/ . Please honor your signup and do attend - they're counting on you.
There are 3 skill levels for working on the bikes: cleaner, prepper (minor fixes), mechanics. Sign up for what fits you - you can list HumanistsMN as the group. Looking forward to helping our community together!
There is also a second opportunity for this activity - Saturday Aug 14 at 9am- see that Meetup event.
(NOTE: this is done in a large indoor facility and COVID distance and sanitizing protocols are still in use; masks not required if immunized)

Bike Ride with Humanists and Friends

Minnehaha Park

Join us for a summer bike excursion with fellow humanists!

This is a moderately-paced*, 21-mile Mississippi River ride starting at Minnehaha Regional Park. We bike through the park, Fort Snelling, over the Mendota Bridge, then along the bluff trail overlooking the Mississippi River heading to St. Paul. We'll stop at Harriet Island Park (near downtown St. Paul) for the views and a short break. Then we’ll head back along the north side of the river, stopping at Keg & Case for lunch and socializing. Food and beverages are available from a variety of vendors and we can enjoy outdoor seating together. We return via the Ford Parkway bridge to Minnehaha Regional Park.

We'll meet at the south end of Minnehaha Park at 54th and Hiawatha Ave. -- gathering at the small pavilion there (no tables). See the photo with this posting. There is a pay lot and street (pay) parking on the east side of Hiawatha & 54th street. Or you can park across Hiawatha in the neighborhood.

Plan to pack ample water. Be ready to leave promptly at 10 AM. If necessary, come early to figure out your parking place and get your bike ready to ride.

This event is sponsored by HumanistsMN. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining to help us cover our costs and build the humanist movement. Not ready to join? Donations are gratefully accepted! Join or donate at humanistsmn.org

*We're defining "moderate-paced" to be 10 to 12 mph - no rider left behind.

Secular Grief Support Group ONLINE

Online event

This grief group is for secular people who have experienced a recent or not-so-recent loss. For those who want a place to process that loss and their on-going grief. A place to remember a loved one and to express difficult emotions -- or a place to process "ambiguous" grief. A place to share with and support others in a life riven with grief.

This is a peer-to-peer led group for people with no belief in a higher power or consciousness and for those who have no belief in an afterlife. Participants are encouraged to speak to their own loss and share their current challenges with grief.

Feel free to drop in one time or join us on a regular basis as desired. We meet once a month. We offer no professional grief counseling.

This event is sponsored by HumanistsMN. If you are not already a member, please consider joining to help us cover our costs and build the humanist movement. Sign up at humanistsmn.org.

Tenets of Humanism: Intro to Ethics

Online event

Come explore the heart of humanism! This session will focus on the ethical imperative of humanism and disentangle ethics from religion. We will explore the evolutionary origins of moral instincts and the philosophical moral theories that have influenced the humanist outlook from around the globe. In addition, a contemporary secular process for ethical deliberation will be put forward.

While designed as a series, each session is independent of the others and folks are welcome to attend as they are able. The three sessions together provide a comprehensive introduction to humanism for "newbies" but will also benefit those who want to explore humanism more deeply.

The first session (July 22) was an overview of the naturalist worldview which lays the foundation for modern day humanism. The third and final session (Augusts 19) will focus on Meaning and Mattering.

Please note that this is not an academic course, but an overview of contemporary humanism as understood and practiced by a growing number of people affiliated with such organizations as the American Humanist Association and the Council for Secular Humanism.

This event is sponsored by HumanistsMN. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining to help us cover our costs and build the humanist movement. Not ready to join. Donations are gratefully accepted! Join or donate at humanistsmn.org.

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