We have an exciting night lined up for one of the longest nights of the year! The Winter Solstice Banquet on Sunday, December 18, 2016 will feature renowned secular humanist/atheist blogger, speaker, and author Greta Christina! Greta will speak on her newest content which we can all relate to, “Practicing atheism in everyday life.” This is also the topic of her newest book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life, which we will have copies of to purchase and get signed.
“Practicing atheism in everyday life” explores life beyond being an atheist, taking us right into humanism: So you don’t believe in God. Now what? The way we deal with life can change dramatically when we stop believing in gods, souls, and afterlives. When we leave religion — or if we never had it in the first place — where do we go? How do we deal with love and sex, pleasure and death, reality and making stuff up? How do we decide on our values, and how do we live them?
We will be collecting gift donations for Bridge for Youth as we have in years past. Please consider bringing: $5 gift cards (Target, Cub Foods, Subway, Caribou), clothing (slippers, sneakers, seasonal clothing for teens – particular larger sizes), or bedding (twin sheet sets, comforters, pillows). For more ideas, see http://www.bridgeforyouth.org/get-involved/donate/
The venue will be Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis North, 6300 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430. Embassy Suites is located on the southwest quadrant of the intersection of I-94/I-694 and Hwy 100, off Shingle Creek Pkwy which is exit 34 off I-94/I-694. This is not far at all from the Brookdale Library where we featured our last two monthly public meetings. If you decide you would like to spend the night, we have a block of rooms reserved; just tell them you are with the Minnesota Atheists group.
The Winter Solstice Banquet wouldn’t be complete without a gratifying meal. We have three meal options to choose from complete with the standard non-alcoholic beverages (coffee, tea, water). There will also be a cash bar for more beverage options.
5:00 p.m. - Social hour with a cash bar
6:00 p.m. - Dinner
7:00 p.m. - Entertainment featuring “Practicing atheism in everyday life” by Greta Christina
This event has filled up in years past, so don’t wait; get your reservation in now! Deadline for Registration is December 13th, 2016 (Entertainment only guests may pay at the door). We hope to see you there, and may you have a Happy Solstice and a Happy New Year!