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December 2019

Celebrate the Winter Solstice in Secular Style

5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 (Registration Deadline Dec. 9)

Freethinkers are re-making the holiday based on the real reason for the season — the Winter Solstice — to create a Festivus for the Rest of Us! Celebrate the season in secular style with family and friends. Enjoy a delicious dinner (served family style) and fun-filled evening with theatrics, music, comedy, and seasonal reflections among fellow freethinkers: humanists, atheists, secularists, skeptics, and friends. The festivities will be entertaining for kids and adults. Please register now!

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Upcoming Humanist Community Gathering
Jan. 16 — And Justice for All. Speaker: Jennifer Frisch, assistant chief judge in Minnesota's Second Judicial District. 

November Humanist Community Gathering
Brain researcher Dr. Lisa James discussed attributes of healthy brains. See a summary here.

Fox News: Conspiracies R Us

By Harlan Garbell

Recently I googled the term “conspiracy theory” and the first thing that popped up was a definition that states “a belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event.” Despite advances in science, humans will not relinquish the notion that inexplicable events are a result of a cabal of nefarious people who are plotting, ever plotting, to shape these events in ways inimical to the interests of the greater community.

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Medical Aid in Dying: Gearing Up for the 2020 Legislative Session

By Marcy Woodruff

As we head into the next legislative session, which begins February 11, HumanistsMN’s Social Action Team is working to make it easy for our members and followers to take action on legislation about an issue the team has identified as a priority — medical aid in dying. The End of Life Options Act, introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate, would allow terminally ill Minnesotans to choose a prescription to bring about a peaceful death (H.F. 2152, S.F.2286). Based on Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, it contains numerous safeguards to ensure the law would not be abused.
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New Program Aims to Promote Humanist Connections

By Audrey Kingstrom

 HumanistsMN has started a new program designed to offer more opportunities for connection within the humanist community. In recent years, we have offered an ever-increasing number of programs, but often our members and friends seldom meet. One person might be interested in one program, and someone else in another, that meet on totally different days, at different venues.Our new program, Secular Saturday, brings people together to participate in small group sessions on different topics.
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Get a Free CD of the Freethought Band

HumanistsMN member — and mean keyboard player — Paul Heffron is offering free CDs of music by the Freethought Band. Check out this website to learn more about the music. The Freethought Band disbanded years ago, so there have been no additional recordings or performances. To request a CD, contact Paul Heffron at He will mail it to you postage free. Paul will also try to remember to bring the CDs to humanist meetings, so be sure to ask him for one when you see him. 
A warm thank you to everyone who donated to HumanistsMN for Give to the Max, Minnesota's online giving holiday. We raised $850, which we will use to expand our outreach efforts. If you missed this opportunity, it's never too late to support our work building a secular, ethical, and progressive community. You can donate here at any time!
Welcome, New Members! HumanistsMN warmly welcomes the following new members: Roberta Baker, Charlotte Bartholomew, Becca Brackett, and
Mary Robischon.
 We look forward to getting to know you at our monthly humanist community gatherings or other events.
Humanists News and Views is edited by Suzanne Perry. Send articles, reviews, and comments to
Find HumanistsMN contact and board information here.
The HumanistsMN board meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. All members are welcome. Contact for details.

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