Category: Humanist Voices

Appreciating Robert Ingersoll, the Humanistic Freethinker

By Paul Heffron

The Robert G. Ingersoll Birthplace Museum will celebrate its Silver Anniversary in August, prompting Paul Heffron, our chapter historian, to offer these reflections.

Although I completed a PhD program in American studies at the University of Minnesota, I don’t recall being made aware of Robert Ingersoll, one of the most prominent political, legal, and cultural figures of 19th-century America.

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THE FOUNDING OF HUMANISTS OF MINNESOTA: A STORY WORTHY OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK

By Paul Heffron

Have you ever wondered how Humanists of Minnesota got its start? It’s more dramatic than you might think, involving insurance fraud and murder. Paul Heffron, our chapter historian, was in the middle of the action and tells the story here.

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HUMANIST PODCASTS EXPLORE WHAT IT MEANS TO LOSE YOUR RELIGION

By Seth Engman

No god, now what? That’s a question many of us humanists have to face whether we are leaving behind individual beliefs or diverging from our communities of family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

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Freethought Toastmasters: Discussion of Religion and Politics Encouraged

By George Francis Kane

Toastmasters clubs, which are devoted to public speaking and leadership, can be found all around the globe. But the Twin Cities hosts a club with an unusual mission–to offer humanists, secularists, atheists, or other freethinkers a supportive environment to discourse on subjects that interest them.

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D-CUBED: UNITING HUMANISTS FOR CRITICAL THINKING (AND FOOD)

By Mary McLeod and George Kane

Humanists of Minnesota members Jerry Smith and Mark Thoson started D-Cubed, a monthly discussion group, three years ago. Mary McLeod and George Kane, who attend the sessions regularly, offer a look behind the scenes.

 

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An ALS Diagnosis Sparks Advocacy on Medical Aid in Dying

By Bobbi Jacobsen

When you receive a diagnosis of ALS, your world closes in on you so quickly, you feel like you might suffocate right there in the doctor’s office. For me, it was late on a cold December afternoon, and I couldn’t get out of the Mayo Clinic fast enough. 

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HUMANIST? UNITARIAN? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID BREEDEN

By Mary McLeod

What’s the difference between humanism and Unitarian Universalism? This is a genuine question for me, even though I once chaired a UU board and have been a Humanists of Minnesota member for several years now.

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A Humanist Teacher Packs Up for a North Dakota Village

By David Perry

David Perry is a former Humanists of Minnesota board member and HofMN member since 1997. He’s been a teacher for over 25 years, most recently working as a bilingual math and science teacher for the Minneapolis Public Schools.His quest to get a principal or assistant principal job led him to an unexpected place this school year.

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Take It From Me: How Not to Handle Military Condolence Calls

BY BARB LUTZ

I was a Casualty Assistance Officer for the U.S. Army back in the early 1980s as a lieutenant assigned to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind. I received no training. 

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Building Bridges Through Storytelling

BY MOLLY WILBUR-COHEN

The East Side of St. Paul is host to a unique community gathering place.  Four years ago, the Arlington Library—one of the historic Carnegie library buildings in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood—closed. 

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