New Program Aims to Promote Humanist Connections

By Audrey Kingstrom

HumanistsMN has started a new program designed to offer more opportunities for connection within the humanist community. In recent years, we have offered an ever-increasing number of programs, but often members and friends seldom meet. One person might be interested in one program, and someone else in another, that meet on totally different days, at different venues.

Our new program, Secular Saturday, brings people together to participate in small group sessions on different topics. The sessions take place in the same location, start at the same time, run for about an hour and a half, then wrap up with a shared social hour over beverages and snacks. So far, we’ve had some interesting discussions on atheist/humanist overreach, the prospects for rationality, leaving religion behind, and living sustainably.

We’re just getting started, so watch for a variety of programs this winter and spring.

In January, HumanistsMN President Harlan Garbell will initiate “Growing Older Together” — a casual support group for members over 55. Audrey Kingstrom plans to continue an interest group on sustainable living. And we expect some of our younger members will again lead discussions on philosophical issues that dive deeper into the naturalist and humanist worldviews. We are even exploring programming for parents and kids, so stay tuned.

Finally, if you would like to lead a discussion on a topic of interest to you, or a book discussion, here’s your chance to try it on a Secular Saturday. Most of the logistics for setting up such a discussion will be taken care of for you. We welcome your ideas!

Secular Saturday takes place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month in the education wing of the First Unitarian Society (the same place as our monthly community gatherings). For more information, contact Audrey Kingstrom, HumanistsMN Program Coordinator, at


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