Special Events

The Humanists of Minnesota offers an increasing variety of programming for our members and friends. Our goal is to provide many opportunities for social connection, ethical development, educational inquiry, societal critique and cultural pursuits in a supportive community that celebrates life in the here and now.

Winter Solstice Celebration

6pm, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Republic @ Seven Corners, Mpls.


The winter solstice is fast approaching. Come join your fellow non-believers on the longest night of the year to eat, drink, and laugh the darkness away!

This year the Minnesota Atheists are hosting the solstice banquet and celebration at Republic in Seven Corners on the West Bank of Minneapolis. (Humanists of MN hosts this event on alternate years.) Just off the new light rail Green Line, Republic specializes in local food prepared for a discerning palate. The Star Tribune called their menu, "Pub food done better".

In addition to a selection of three-course meals for the solstice dinner, Republic can accommodate requests for vegan or gluten-free meals. Just let us know what you need when you register.

Please register at: http://mnatheists.org/events/winter-solstice-banquet  by Dec. 14th.  

Want just the right drink to go with your dinner? You’re in luck. The cash bar at Republic offers a good selection of wine and cocktails, but their specialty is craft beer. Republic was named one of Draft Magazine’s Top 100 Beer Bars in America both of the last two years. You’ll have no problem finding the perfect beer to go with your food.

If dinner’s not in the plans for you, you’ll still want to join us later in the evening for stand-up comedy from Ed Brayton. Brayton is best known these days for his blog, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, and as the owner of Freethought Blogs, but he used to tour the country with his stand-up act before he got tired of having to explain his jokes to undereducated audiences. These days, he performs almost exclusively for atheists, and we’re happy to bring him in to provide our entertainment for the evening.


6:00 p.m. - Social time
7:00 p.m. - Dinner
8:15 p.m. - Entertainment


$45 for Dinner & Entertainment
$40 for Dinner & Entertainment with Member Discount* 
$18 for Entertainment Only 
$15 for Entertainment Only with Member Discount* 

*Member discounts are for dues-paying members of either Minnesota Atheists or Humanists of Minnesota.

Register at:


Tickets for both the Dinner & Entertainment and Entertainment Only options are limited. To ensure your place, register now!  


All-Star Summer Conference--Saturday, July 12th

This all-star all-day conference is co-sponsored by Humanists of MN and MN Atheists.  Come hear best-selling author Susan Jacoby and other renowned leaders in the humanist and atheist communities.  Plus, we'll have break-out workshops, lunch and dinner socializing, book signings, a silent auction and networking with fellow freethinkers.

You must register through the MN Atheist website using this link. 


Susan Jacoby - Best-selling author, scholar, and former Washington Post reporter. Her work has explored law, religion, medicine, aging, women's rights, and political dissent. Her most recent book about Robert Ingersoll was made available in paperback in February.

Rebecca Watson - Skeptical female activist and founder of the Skepchick blog. She is a popular speaker around the world on topics about atheism, feminism, skepticism, and science.

PZ Myers - Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota in Morris. He is the author of the world-famous science-atheist blog Pharyngula, which can be found on Freethought Blogs and Science Blogs. His recently published book is titled The Happy Atheist.

Dan Barker - Dan served as an associate pastor in three churches, and was a protestant missionary in Mexico. He publicly came out as an atheist in 1984. He’s the author of several freethought books and is currently the co-president of Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Debbie Goddard - Director of African Americans for Humanism, a program of the Council for Secular Humanism, and the director of Outreach at the Center for Inquiry-Transnational. She participated with and helped organize freethought groups and is involved with LGBT activism.


Winter Solstice Banquet

Come out and see the stars!

Sunday, December 22nd @ 5pm

Registration Deadline: December 17th

Ramada Plaza Minneapolis
1330 Industrial Blvd NE (map)

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Humanists of Minnesota in conjunction with Minnesota Atheists celebrate the winter solstice, the natural universe and the art of human song with delicious food, good friends and exciting entertainment.

Participate in our fundraiser for Bridge for Youth by bringing contributions of cash, check or items from their wish list. (See flyer for suggestions.)


5:00pm Social Hour (cash bar)
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Entertainment

Dinner and Entertainment $35/person -- reservations required
Entertainment only $10/person -- pay at the door



Deadline: December 17th

Complete on-line registration and payment below, or print out form here. For questions, contact Brad Bolin at 612-600-7352.

All entrees include a garden salad, seasonal vegetables, coffee, hot tea, rolls and dessert of cream cheese carrot cake. 

  • Herb-baked tilapia with coconut shrimp, sweet and sour sauce, rice pilaf
  • Sonoma chicken stuffed with goat cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, champagne cream sauce and six grain pilaf
  • Chef's vegan selection

Note: To purchase more than one meal, add the first one to the cart, then click 'Continue Shopping' on the following page. You'll then have the opportunity to add additional meal options. No PayPal account is required for purchase.

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David Niose Presents: Nonbeliever Nation

June 8th, 2013

First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis

Author and activist, David Niose, is the featured speaker at the Nonbeliever Nation Workshop:  The Rise of Secularism in Minnesota. Currently Niose is president of the Washington DC based Secular Coalition for America, and formerly, president of the American Humanist Association. The workshop is sponsored by the First Unitarian Society Bookstore in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Join fellow humanists, atheists, skeptics and freethinkers to listen to and engage with David Niose, a staunch advocate for church/state separation and the rights of nontheists.  The secular community here in Minnesota, like other states, is represented by a number of distinct freethought organizations. Through Niose's presentation and ensuing discussions, we can take stock of the role each group plays in fostering a secular society and consider what we might do collaboratively toward that end.

There is a morning session and an afternoon session. Lunch will be provided for $10 (pizza, vegies, beverage, dessert). If you can't come to the entire workshop, attend one session as you are able. Here's the schedule for day.

             10:00am       Registration & Refreshments

             10:30am       Promoting and Defending Secularism

David Niose, Secular Coalition for America

Response: Perspectives from Local Freethought Leaders

           12 noon        Lunch $10/person

           1:00pm         Coalition Building:

Growing Visibility, Protecting Rights

David Niose, Secular Coalition for America

Response: Perspectives from Local Freethought Leaders

         2:30pm          Secular Coailtion for America conference-call-in

 All workshop participants are welcome to stay for a conference-call-in with  Secular Coalition for  America D.C. organizers.  Exploratory steps are being taken to form a Minnesota chapter of the SCA.


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