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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.

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.

HABITS OF HUMANISM -- Mindful Living: Community Part 2

Washburn Library

Please join us for a continued conversation around the topic of Community, Humanism and Mindfulness. We addressed this topic in a lively conversation in March and felt that it needed further attention. We are exploring the meaning of community, viable options for forming community in our present day social-cultural climate and looking at ways to overcome barriers to forming community. How do we go about building and sustaining community in a truly mindful way? We are open to hearing others' voices around this very relevant topic and hope you will join us with your own thoughts, questions, and ideas! The session will begin as always with a short, guided mindfulness exercise. 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. Audrey Kingstrom coordinates the program with this month’s session facilitated by Christina Robert.

TED Talk Salon -- Bouncing Back: Cultivating Resilience

Everyone experiences stress and everyone has failed at something that was important to them. Recovering from failure and moving on with your life requires the cultivation of resilience. But, how do you accomplish this? Developing strategies for dealing with stress and failure is the subject of this month’s program. Our first video features Dr. Raphael Rose, who will talk about how learning from your failures is the key to resilience. Rose is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. He is currently principal investigator of a NASA-funded study involving resilience training for flight and mission controllers at Johnson Space Center in Houston. https://www.ted.com/talks/raphael_rose_from_stress_to_resilience/up-next Our second video features health psychologist, Kelly McGonical, who provides us with scientific evidence that how you think about stress can literally mean the difference between life and death. https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend/up-next#t[masked] Our monthly TED Talk Salon features engaging video presentations and thoughtful, lively discussion. If you're a curious world citizen we welcome you to the conversation! You can expect to hear a positive balance of critical thinking and personal experiences and values, in a friendly, respectful atmosphere. RSVPs: Because there is a wait-list most months, we rely on your courtesy to allow as many as possible to attend. No preparation is necessary; if you wish to preview the talk, click on the highlighted links to the specific titles of talks.

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Save the Boundary Waters Rally at the Capitol

Minnesota State Capitol

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