Being Human in the Digital Era, Today’s ‘Dark Ages,’ Journey from Evangelical Pastor to Atheist, A Steampunk Mystery

Humanist Community Gathering

Humanist Community Gathering: What the Internet Can Teach Us About Being Human
3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19

For much of history, humans have grappled with questions of meaning and belonging within institutions, like churches and civic groups. Today, more and more people are leaving religious and other communal institutions and moving their search for connection and significance to more individualized digital spaces. Humanist author and activist Chris Stedman will explore what it means to be “real” in the time of Twitter and TikTok, and what we can learn from the novel ways of being and belonging that are emerging online. Chris is author of the forthcoming book IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives. Former executive director of the Yale Humanist Community and humanist chaplain at Harvard University, he also wrote Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. 

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Upcoming Humanist Community Gathering

Oct. 18 — “Religious Nationalism and the Threat to Democracy.” Speaker: Katherine Stewart, author of The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism.

President’s Commentary

Reimagining the ‘Dark Ages’ for the 21st Century

By Harlan Garbell

You remember the “Dark Ages,” don’t you? Not personally, of course, but from that World History course you took in high school, or perhaps college. In case you slept through that class, the Dark Ages was that period in European history between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, generally between the 5th and 14th centuries.

Chapter News

New Member Spotlight: Drew Bekius

Joined HumanistsMN: I moved to the Twin Cities from Chicago in October 2018 and started getting active in the local humanist community soon thereafter. Joined HumanistsMN in July 2020.

Profession/Residence: A former evangelical pastor, I served in nonprofit leadership roles and in personal coaching for a little over 20 years. I now work as a financial adviser to nonprofits and other high-impact professionals. I’ve also written a couple books and live with my two teenage daughters in St. Louis Park.

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