April 2018: Creating a Sustainable Future

April 2018: Creating a Sustainable Future

The speaker at our April chapter meeting and Earth Day program was Leslie Mackenzie, a community organizer with Transition Twin Cities and a founding member of Transition Longfellow. Transition is a grassroots movement of people around the world who are shifting their lifestyles away from dependence on fossil fuels toward a lower-carbon, more sustainable and resilient future.

Atheism Alone Will Not Make a Better World

Atheism Alone Will Not Make a Better World

Audrey Kingstrom

What if everyone in the world were an atheist? Would our problems be solved? Hardly. Would the world be a better place? I’d like to think so, but the evidence to date is inconclusive. Throughout history awful things have been done in the name of religion as well as positive things. Likewise, awful deeds have been done by the godless as well as noble deeds for the well-being of all.

Appreciating Robert Ingersoll, the Humanistic Freethinker

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.

FEBRUARY 2018: Humanism and the Arts Both Allow Us to Find a Political Voice 

FEBRUARY 2018: Humanism and the Arts Both Allow Us to Find a Political Voice 


By Susan Schaefer

Humanists of Minnesota member Susan Schaefer planned our February chapter meeting on The Impact of the Arts on Social Justice and Politics. Speakers included Susana di Palma, founder and artistic director of Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater, and arts critic Will Harris. Di Palma discussed and showed video excerpts from the company's upcoming production of "Garden of Names,"  which explores the impact of terror and torture as experienced in Argentina during the political upheaval of the 1970s. Susan made the following introductory remarks:

Social Action Team Eyes Reproductive Rights, Immigration, Democratic Process

By Meline Juarez and Joyce Edwards

The Social Action Team met on January 29 and made some decisions about future activities. Although our original areas of focus (health care reform, medical aid in dying, environment, and criminal justice) remain priorities, we will be directing some of our energies to imminent issues where we can make impact.