Joined HumanistsMN: April 2020, shortly after meetings went online.
Profession/Residence: I am a software consultant specializing in web development. I live in Eden Prairie and have worked for several companies in Minneapolis and the western suburbs.
How she discovered us: I had been visiting the website for a while before joining a meeting on mindful creativity.
What appealed to her about us: I am happy to have found a group that shares my values. I particularly like how engaged the group is. There are many events that are well attended and have excellent participation. I generally sit back and listen during meetings but I have found myself sharing more and more during HMN events. I want to support people who support people — and I believe I have found a great community that does just that!
Her journey to humanism: My dad was the pastor of our small town WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) church. He was a bit more progressive than the church, which in general was not at all. I especially chafed at the place of women in the church, which led to arguments with my dad that usually ended with him saying, “Because that’s what we believe.” I never really accepted that answer and eventually decided to figure out what I believed. I went to services at a few different churches — ELCA Lutheran, Catholic, Christian Science — but didn’t join any.
I read the bible and St. Teresa’s writings and Karen Armstrong. I read Gary Zukav and other metaphysical spirituality books. I even read L. Ron Hubbard and took the assessment test. (Scientologists followed my changes of address and still send me handwritten letters after almost 20 years.) Mostly I focused on mythology and comparative religion. I watched Joseph Campbell lectures and read Robert Graves and the Epic of Gilgamesh.
I considered myself agnostic before joining HMN. Doing some research into humanism and the HMN mission statement — “We aspire to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment and contribute to the greater good of humanity and the planet through reason, science, compassion, and creativity” — led me to consider myself humanist.
I’m thrilled that you have found a home at HumanistsMN, Candee! I enjoy hearing your thoughts when we cross paths and very much appreciate you adding your energy to the organization 🙂
How do you go about being a resident at one of the humanity human society locations?
I’m responding to your comment on an article on the HumanistsMN website asking about being a resident at a human society location. I’m afraid I’m not aware of any residences like that. If you want to find out more about what we do, please consider signing up for our newsletter on the homepage of humanistsmn.org. Thanks for writing! Suzanne Perry
MaryAnn — Can you explain what you mean by a “human society location” — and becoming a resident? I don’t understand the reference. Please say more. I am part of an exploratory group for forming a co-housing development — so I’m curious about what you have in mind. Audrey Kingstrom