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)

Discussion & Debate: Remediating Injustices Past, Are Reparations The Answer?

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

Coffee and Current Events

Online event

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

Humanist Happy Hour And A Half

Online event

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

Sustainable Living: Plastic Free July! @ ONLINE SECULAR SATURDAY

It's Plastic Free July! This month, millions of people across 177 countries have pledged to cut down on the amount of plastic they use. The movement started small almost a decade ago in Australia, but last year more than 250 million people pledged to participate. This year, the annual challenge arrives as plastic is making something of a comeback amid the coronavirus pandemic. How do we protect ourselves and the planet at the same time? This online group discussion will be from 3:00—4:30 but do stick around afterwards for some social time with other Secular Saturday attendees! Join Audrey Kingstrom, HumanistsMN Program Coordinator, monthly to grapple with how to live more sustainably, more simply, and with more satisfaction. What particular actions are we willing to start this month – to make even small changes to our lives in the coming year? Attend monthly or come when you can.

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Online Secular Grief Support Group

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