Thanks to everyone who participated in yet another successful Walk to End Hunger event. We raised $680! Our group was one of the largest for The Food Group and we helped them reach their goal of 100 walkers which earned them a $2,500 match from No Name Meats!
One in five families face hunger or food insecurity in Minnesota. Join your freethinking friends and Minnesota Atheists on Thanksgiving morning to help build awareness and raise money for hunger relief programs in the Twin Cities.
The Walk to End Hunger is a family-friendly 5K fun walk presented by The Mosaic Company. Since its inception in 2008, the Walk to End Hunger has raised over $1,200,000 to help support hunger relief organizations in the metro area. The event kickoff is at 7:30am and ends whenever you want to leave (up to 10am) so you'll have plenty of time left in the day to feast and celebrate Thanksgiving with your family. We had a great time last year and it felt like being with family!
Read more: Walk to End Hunger - Thanksgiving Day
Give to the Max Day is over, thank you to all those who donated. Your support makes a big difference. If you didn't get time to donate on the day you can still do so right now if you'd like. Click on the link below to help!
While we do have a large team of dedicated, hard working, volunteers we do have programs that require financial support too. For example, our Atheist Talk Radio and our Atheist Outreach Educational programs.
We need to keep fighting for the separation of church and State. At the same time providing a safe community for atheists and critical thinkers to come out and participate in dialogue and education. We couldn't do it without you, our supporters and fellow atheists. Thank you!
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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?
Read more: Winter Solstice Banquet 2016
Forgo the army of bell-ringers, red kettles, and faith-based charities which are too concerned with misguided bible-based morals and ideas of salvation. Consider, instead, making a financial donation to Minnesota Atheists and/or Foundation Beyond Belief who acknowledges that there's no supernatural power to make this world a better place. They know that it's up to humanity, itself, to improve this world and this life.
Minnesota Atheists has benefitted from the efforts of Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) and their 100+ affiliates by helping bolster our volunteer service projects at a local homeless shelter, food bank, hospital, and more. Because of their ongoing support and incredible work they do locally, nationally, and globally, Minnesota Atheists set up a Razoo account for an end of the year charitable fundraiser to help support FBB so they can carry out their mission: To demonstrate humanism at its best by supporting efforts to improve this world and this life, and to challenge humanists to embody the highest principles of humanism, including mutual care and responsibility.
Read more: No Bell Ringing or Red Kettles: Fundraiser for Foundation Beyond Belief
August Berkshire wrote and read this tribute at the memorial for Robert Nienkerk on June 29, 2015.
Nature just provided us with a brief rainstorm, so we would all have something that Bob would have appreciated: nice clean cars!
In early 1984, Madalyn Murray O’Hair and Jon Murray came to the Twin Cities, on their second or third attempt to try to form a chapter of American Atheists here. This time it worked, and a bunch of us, including Bob & Marilyn Nienkerk, started the Twin Cities Chapter of American Atheists, which became Minnesota Atheists seven years later.
Read more: Remembering Bob Nienkerk