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This grief group is for secular people who have experienced a recent or not-so-recent loss 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. A place to share with and support others in a life riven with grief. We will open the session with a reading and shared reflection. Then people can speak to their own loss and their current challenges 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. Feel free to drop in one time or join us on a regular basis as desired. Sponsored by HumanistsMN, we meet once a month, typically the first Thursday. We offer no professional grief counseling.
Recent events have again reminded Americans of our country's "original sin"--slavery, founded on racist assumptions about black people. Though we've made progress since the 1960's in overcoming legalized racial discrimination, racial prejudices are still prevalent among white Americans. Moreover, the effects of past and ongoing racial discrimination are amply evidenced in the high rates of poverty, incarceration, and poor health among African-Americans. In addition to the challenge of eliminating racial prejudice and discrimination, Americans must also consider how to redress or remediate the harmful effects of past injustices, effects still being experienced by blacks and other minorities--for instance, Native Americans. How can black (and other disadvantaged) lives be brought up to the high socio-economic standards enjoyed by white Americans? That's the question we'll address in our discussion, which will use the reparations movement as a point of entry. To enable a thoughtful, informed discussion, we are recommending that you read the following articles as preparatory "homework" for this event: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/ https://www.brookings.edu/policy2020/bigideas/why-we-need-reparations-for-black-americans/ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/us/politics/reparations-slavery.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/opinion/united-states-reparations.html?campaign_id=39&emc=edit_ty_20200605&instance_id=19114&nl=opinion-today®i_id=59247550&segment_id=30163&te=1&user_id=d02d6d021df87a04ebb8f163e4699eb3 The first reading, Ta-Nehisi Coates's 2014 article in The Atlantic, was recommended by Joyce Edwards. It's long but well worth your time. Assuredly there are other online articles and videos pertinent to our topic. So, if you are aware of other resources that would enlighten us, feel free to suggest them by posting links in the "Comments" section that follows. D-Squared (Discussion & Debate) is an occasional cyberspace gathering sponsored by HumanistsMN and hosted by Jerry Smith and Mark Thosen. Jerry will moderate this discussion of remediating past injustices. Please RSVP if you plan on participating. Then, on the scheduled date and time of the event, use the following link to get to our Meetup event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82841276825
May you live in interesting times” is purportedly a traditional Chinese curse. Well folks, we are indeed living in “interesting times.” Because of the imperative to keep safe, we are currently doing a virtual Coffee and Current Events meetup from the comfort of our own homes. So pour yourself a cup of coffee, toast your bagel, and follow the link provided to our monthly salon where we will try to make sense of the political, economic, and social fallout from the coronavirus -- as well as other issues top of mind. As humanists we are interested in seeing the world around us evolve to conform with our humanist principles. For example, seeing the U.S. Congress actually do something about climate change, the proliferation of guns, etc. Unfortunately, however, the Congress is controlled by people who don't believe in science and misinterpret the Constitution. What is a humanist to do? Of course, taking action to make the world a better place is always appropriate. But sometimes we just need to unwind at the end of the week and be in the company of others who share the same concerns. There will be no facilitator and there is no need for preparation. Come as you are. To join us, simply click on this link at the date and time of the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82184172783
BC (Before Coronavirus) hard-partying humanists used to get together every 2nd Friday at the Green Mill for drinks, food and conversation. It was a great way to relax at the end of the week, meet like-minded folks, and deepen friendships. Alas, things have changed. But while we're no longer able to rub shoulders and share nachos, we can still get together for laughs and conversation in cyberspace through this Zoom-enabled Meetup. We'll enjoy our collective company from 5 until 6:30 PM, hence the "Happy Hour and a Half." To benefit our group conversation, attendance is limited to twenty people, so keep your RSVPs up-to-date. To join us, simply click on the following link when or slightly before our Meetup begins: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88379533358