HumanistsMN is a secular community that promotes ethical living, widespread human flourishing, and a healthy planet through its commitment to science, reason, compassion, and creativity.
The Long Twilight Struggle with the Christian Right
By Harlan Garbell
For those of you who are fortunate to not have a cable news habit, the veteran newscaster Brian Williams has a nightly program on MSNBC. During the Trump Administration he started out every program announcing how many days had passed since Trump became president, as in “This is day 763 of the Trump Administration.” Much like when Walter Cronkite, starting on November 4, 1979, announced every evening how many days United States Embassy personnel were being held hostage in Iran.
But finally last November, the day came when Trump was voted out of office. You could almost hear a huge collective sigh of relief from millions of anxious Americans who were waiting for this day for four long years. For many, the end came to a recurring political nightmare of venality, lies, incompetence, and corruption. The election result was like the emotional equivalent of Dorothy throwing that bucket of water on the Wicked Witch of the West at the end of the “Wizard of Oz.”
Event: Humanist Advocacy in Today’s Political Climate
3 p.m. Saturday, May 8 (Online)
Speaker: Sarah Levin, founder of Secular Strategies
The number of religiously unaffiliated Americans is rapidly growing, but humanist organizations need to think about how to capture their interest and adapt to today’s rapidly changing political environment. Join us to discuss this topic with a special guest, Sarah Levin, at an event to commemorate the National Day of Reason. Sarah is an expert in mobilizing secularist voters and pressing policymakers to champion secular values. Founder of the consulting firm Secular Strategies, she is a former organizer and director of governmental affairs for the Secular Coalition of America. She will discuss the challenges and opportunities for growth in humanist communities as they pursue advocacy driven by humanist values.
Humanist Community Gathering
3 p.m. Saturday, May 15 (Online)
HumanistsMN Annual Meeting: Looking Ahead!
Join our annual gathering for members and let your voices be heard! Take advantage of this opportunity for members to express their views on issues that are important to them. What programming would you like to see? What speakers? How can we attract more members? How can we expand humanist values to public policy and society at large? The leadership of the organization will review this past year, especially how we navigated through the pandemic, provide a preview of plans for the upcoming year, and listen to members ask questions, offer ideas, and provide feedback.
We will also elect new Board of Directors officers and at-large members and vote on changes to our bylaws.
More Upcoming Events
We sponsor monthly community gatherings, discussion groups, community service activities, and more. We invite you to join us! COVID-19 advisory: Almost 100 percent of our events are held online. Our Events Calendar is currently hosted at Meetup.com.
- Humanist Book Club
- THINK! Discussion Group
- D-Squared Discussion Group
- Secular Saturday Sessions
- Volunteering for the Food Group
- Habits of Humanism
- Coffee and Current Events
- Humanist Happy Hour
- Secular Grief Support Group
- Advocacy Activities
- Bike Rides
Please Join Us!
New: Discussion Forums on Our Website
Our website just got even better! In these days of physical distancing, staying connected with each other can be a challenge. We’ve created an online space where you can hold conversations with other HMN members to discuss the vital questions facing us all. We have several forums where you can discuss topics relevant to you:
Want to sound off about what’s happening in your state or country? Come to the Current Events & Politics forum!
Interested in talking about social justice? We have a forum for that!
Want to continue the conversation or share resources after attending an HMN event? Come to the HumanistsMN Events forum!
If you have thoughts about secular values, we have a place for you.
If you’re a member, log in and join the conversations. (Be sure to subscribe to general topics or individual threads so you are notified when others comment — click on “Subscribe” in the upper right) . If you’re not yet a member, now’s a perfect time to consider joining.
HumanistsMN Statement on Systemic Racism
The HumanistsMN Board of Directors has adopted a statement on systemic racism.