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This group is sponsored by HumanistsMN, 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!

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Secular Grief Support Group ONLINE

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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.

We meet online and in-person alternate months. This month, we are meeting online.

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 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

East Metro Humanist Happy Hour (and Dinner?)

La Cucaracha Mexican Restaurante

It's time again for our monthly Happy Hour at La Cucaracha, a friendly and highly regarded Mexican restaurant located on Dale Street and Grand Avenue in St. Paul (https://www.lacucaracharestaurante.com/)

Because of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic and the fact that this event is held indoors, we ask that all participants be fully vaccinated--that they have completed the established one or two-shot vaccination regimes at least two weeks before the event. If you can't satisfy this requirement, please consider joining us instead for our online Happy Hour and a Half events held at 5 PM on the third Friday of each month.

For those of you who can be with us at La Cucaracha, we'll have our normal Happy Hour fare--lots of talk about politics, the state of the world, movies, books, popular culture--accompanied by chips, salsa, and all the beer and other potables you'd care to drink. Most of us will order dinner from La Cucaracha's selection of fine Mexican food, but feel free to join us even if you're not up for that much eating. Parking is sporadically available on Grand Avenue, Dale Street, and neighborhood streets south of Grand. La Cucaracha's management says they can accommodate a group of whatever size, so feel free to bring your friends.

Still not convinced? Take a look at this article in a recent issue of The Atlantic that documented the benefits of social drinking: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/america-drinking-alone-problem/619017/.
That piece renewed my interest in beer, moderately imbibed!

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. Donate or join at https://humanistsmn.org/.

Habits of Humanism: Mindful Living Brings "Tidings of Comfort and Joy"

Hennepin County Library - Walker

Winter has arrived with its potential delights, decadence, and dreariness. As the holiday season approaches with its possibilities and promises, how might we experience the genuine "comfort and joy" foretold in the old carol? Indeed, one need not be religious to long for these sentiments at this time of year and aspire to share them with others.

Join us for some mindful meditation and reflection on our expectations of the season. Where can authentic "comfort and joy" be found in all the hubbub of this overly commercialized holiday? How can a mindfulness practice help us get in touch with our humanity to be both givers and receivers of comfort and joy in a world of need.

We will begin with a guided meditation, followed by discussion. Attendees are invited to share their own life experiences and lessons with the group.

All are welcome in the spirit of compassion as we seek to support one another toward greater well-being.

Each month we explore a different aspect of mindfulness and its associated practice from a secular humanist and naturalist perspective -- drawing on the experience and wisdom of participants. This month’s session is facilitated by Audrey Kingstrom, Humanist Celebrant and HumanistsMN Program Coordinator.

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 https://humanistsmn.org/

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Coffee and Current Events

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Coffee and Current Events is again meeting on Zoom and will continue to do so for the upcoming colder months. So, make yourself a hot beverage and join us for a lively discussion on all the important events that are grabbing the headlines.

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 Senate (because of the filibuster) 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.

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.

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Humanism in Action: Helping Kids get Free Bikes!

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