• Humanist Online Happy Hour And A Half

    Online event

    Although we are sponsoring live East Metro Happy Hour events for humanists and their fellow travelers, we will continue offering the online Happy Hour and a Half events that have been so popular during our social isolation ordeal. So if you want something like a "Happy Hour" experience, but live far from the Twin Cities, or just don't want to go through the hassle of driving to a bar/restaurant, this Meetup is for you!

    As previous participants know, our discussions are pretty free-wheeling. Hosts will suggest topics if necessary, but participants often bring their own conversation starters for the group to dig into. Drinks and appetizers are, of course, up to you. What we'll collectively provide is an occasional insight, some fun, and lots of camaraderie. So if you've got an hour and a half to spare early on this Friday evening, please join us!

    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. Not ready to join? Donations are gratefully accepted. Donate or join at https://humanistsmn.org/.

  • THINK! Book Club: Michael Sandel, "The Tyranny of Merit"

    Online event

    Influential communitarian philosopher and Harvard professor whose undergraduate course on justice has received widespread acclaim, Michael J. Sandel challenges our educational system and meritocratic culture in his 2020 book, "TheTyranny of Merit." Sandel argues that our culture's focus on prestigious college degrees and other credentials induces the successful few to be overly proud of their accomplishments while leaving the undegreed and under-achieving many to feel belittled and disvalued by society. He proposes changes that would reduce the pressure young people feel to get into elite universities as well as a cultural shift that would value even the lowliest, least remunerated work for its contribution to the common good. "The Tyranny of Merit" has 227 pages of text and can be purchased, in paperback, from Amazon for $16.

    So, if you'd like to participate in a thoughtful discussion of these matters--including Sandel's account of how our culture became so meritocratic and why that's not a good thing--purchase this book and join us at 7 PM on Tuesday, February 1, by means of the indicated Zoom-link. I hope to see you then!

    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/.

  • Secular Grief Support Group ONLINE

    Online event

    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.

    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

  • Habits of Humanism: Mindful Living and Forgiveness

    Washburn Library

    This month's session will focus on the practice of forgiveness. How can we free ourselves from pain and resentment? Do we have the capacity to give others another chance? How can we forgive ourselves and let go of the past? Join fellow humanists to explore the concept and practice of forgiveness from a secular perspective.

    We will begin with a guided meditation, followed by some reflections on how forgiveness and a mindful attitude go hand in hand. Participants are invited to contribute their own understandings of and experiences with forgiveness to the discussion.

    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. Facilitated by Humanist Celebrant, Audrey Kingstrom.

    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/

  • Coffee and Current Events

    Online event

    Coffee and Current Events will be going back to Zoom for the colder months starting in December. So, for a few months you will need to make your own coffee while we discuss the critical social and political issues of the day. See you on Zoom!

    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.

  • Murder, Fraud, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

    First Unitarian Society

    Please join us for our annual look at science in February to commemorate Darwin Day. Sam Kean, a bestselling author of science books, will speak at a HumanistsMN Community Gathering about his latest work, "The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science."

    Science is usually a force for good in the world. But Kean highlights cases where obsession led scientists to twist a noble pursuit into something sinister. "The Icepick Surgeon" guides the reader across 2,000 years of history, beginning with Cleopatra’s dark deeds in ancient Egypt. It covers the transatlantic slave trade of the 1700s, Thomas Edison’s mercenary support of the electric chair, and the warped logic of the spies who infiltrated the Manhattan Project.

    Not all the sins of science are safely in the past, Kean reminds us. We can draw direct lines from the medical abuses of Tuskegee and Nazi Germany to current vaccine hesitancy, and connect icepick lobotomies from the 1950s to the contemporary failings of mental-health care.

    Kean is a writer in Washington, D.C., whose stories have appeared in publications including The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Slate, and Psychology Today, and his work has been featured on shows including NPR’s “Radiolab,” “Science Friday,” and “All Things Considered.”

    His other books include "The Bastard Brigade," "Caesar's Last Breath," "The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons," "The Violinist's Thumb," and "The Disappearing Spoon." Kean also hosts a podcast, "The Disappearing Spoon."

    Discussion and a book signing will follow the presentation. Stay for social hour at 4:30 with nibbles and drinks.

    HumanistsMN policy requires that all attendees at our in-person events be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    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. Not ready to join? Donations are gratefully accepted! Donate or join at https://humanistsmn.org/.

  • Secular Grief Support Group ONLINE

    Online event

    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.

    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

  • Habits of Humanism: Mindful Living

    Washburn Library

    Mindfulness means being fully present and self-aware in the moment. Join with fellow humanists to practice the habit of mindfulness. To train our minds to experience life fully on a daily basis and to express our values more consistently.

    Each month we will 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. Facilitated by Audrey Kingstrom, Program Coordinator for HumanistsMN and Humanist Celebrant.

    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. Not ready to join? Donations are gratefully accepted! Donate or join at https://humanistsmn.org/

  • Coffee and Current Events

    Online event

    Coffee and Current Events will be going back to Zoom for the colder months starting in December. So, for a few months you will need to make your own coffee while we discuss the critical social and political issues of the day. See you on Zoom!

    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.

  • Habits of Humanism: Mindful Living

    Washburn Library

    Mindfulness means being fully present and self-aware in the moment. Join with fellow humanists to practice the habit of mindfulness. To train our minds to experience life fully on a daily basis and to express our values more consistently.

    Each month we will 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. Facilitated by Audrey Kingstrom, Program Coordinator for HumanistsMN and Humanist Celebrant.

    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. Not ready to join? Donations are gratefully accepted! Donate or join at https://humanistsmn.org/