What we're about

Meet other local Humanists, people who believe in the basic goodness of the human spirit and that the best way to live your life is by the use of reason, critical thinking, empathy, compassion and real-world knowledge.

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 chapter meeting 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 if you want to get the newsletter and financially support our outreach activities, we suggest you become an HofM member by going to humanistsofmn.org and join!

Upcoming events (5+)

Volunteer with Humanists of MN – Food Packing at the Food Group Warehouse

Join fellow humanists and freethinkers to help sort and pack food at the Food Group Warehouse. The food we sort and pack will eventually be distributed to the over 200 food shelves the Food Group services or to the more than 35 Fare-for-All monthly outlets they sponsor. We will begin the sorting/packing promptly at 1:00 p.m. so please arrive a few minutes early. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing! (If you have never volunteered at the Food Group Warehouse before, please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out a short volunteer waiver.) The details of the project for that day will be explained when we arrive. Please keep your RSVPs up-to-date so we can plan appropriately. If you show any signs of a cold, flu, or sickness, the Food Group asks that you abstain from this event. The Food Group is a secular, NON-faith based non-profit organization whose mission is to "serve the hunger needs of our changing communities". Please join us for this rewarding volunteer opportunity to help fight hunger in Minnesota! We have secured a spot to volunteer once each month -- alternating on the third and/or fourth Fridays of the month.

CHAPTER MEETING Legalized recreational cannabis? Gold rush of the 21st century?

Jeff Sessions considers it a gateway drug, but states that have decriminalized marijuana are struggling to spend their windfall of tax revenues. In many states, and now Canada, cannabis is big business with startup companies such as marijuana wedding planners, testing labs, trade shows and other commercial activity which are raking in billions of taxable dollars. When will Minnesotans be allowed to join the revolution? Do you know where your legislators stand on legalized pot? This month’s program will begin with Lorri Hurst, Humanists of MN member, who will offer a brief summary of the implementation experiences faced by Washington and Colorado. Our two guest speakers, Sarah Overby, nurse and patient liaison for a medical marijuana dispensary, and state representative Mike Freiberg (District 45B – west suburbs) will then discuss the status of medical and recreational cannabis in Minnesota. Please join us at 3pm for a cup of coffee, welcome and announcements; the presentation begins at 3:15pm and ends around 4:45pm. Then stay to socialize over nibbles and drinks. Childcare is available upon request. Contact Audrey at [masked] by January 16th to reserve space. Sarah Overby of Minnesota Medical Solutions will discuss the benefits and consequences of medical cannabis and explain who is currently eligible to get a prescription. Do the health benefits outweigh the risks? Is marijuana safe? What are the mental and physical health benefits of CBD and THC? Representative Mike Freiberg has authored and introduced MN House bill 4541 which would legalize cannabis sales for recreational use and impose a sales tax. He will provide an overview of the decriminalization process and the regulatory requirements of legalization, and also discuss the potential economic benefits for Minnesota.

Humanist Happy Hour Minneapolis

El Tejaban Mexican Grill

Join us for our Fourth Friday Happy Hour -- a mini Mexican fiesta -- to wrap up the week. Just 4 blocks from Minneapolis -- we still refer to it as our Mpls. location. Gather with fellow humanists and friends over food and drinks for conversation and camaraderie. El Tejaban is just across the street from The Hub shopping center at 66th and Nicollet. There's free parking in the lot in front of the restaurant and the #18 bus line runs frequently along Nicollet Ave. They don't offer special happy hour prices at this time of day, but the drinks are reasonably priced and the food is good! We welcome new people who are looking for like-minded folks and enjoy connecting with other members of our community for wide-ranging discussions of personal lives, politics, culture and philosophy. Come explore humanism and the secular worldview in a casual setting--and make some new friends in the process. As usual, please keep your RSVPs accurate and up-to-date. Space is limited. Be considerate of others and the restaurant.

THINK! Session #1: What is Thinking?

St. Anthony Park Library

The Humanists of Minnesota is pleased to again be sponsoring this series of Meetup events which is intended to help participants improve their thinking skills. Based on a course that Jerry Smith, the presenter, teaches at the University of Northern Iowa, Think! is an updated version of the series first offered in the Twin Cities in 2012 and repeated in 2015. In addition to providing an introduction to and overview of the series, this first session will explain what thinking (and especially "higher-order thinking") is. We'll also talk about the relationship between beliefs and knowledge, influences on our thinking, intuition, and other substitutes for thinking. So, whether this is all new to you or you'd simply like to refresh your memories from series past, please join us. We'll be in the basement meeting room of the Saint Anthony Park Public Library. Parking is available on Como Avenue and nearby side streets. Afterwards those who are interested can join Jerry and Mark for dinner at a nearby restaurant. Hope you can make it!

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