A Letter to Minnesota Atheists from The Bridge for Youth

Minnesota Atheists:

Thank you for your Winter Solstice Drive to The Bridge for Youth. We will put your donation to use to help young people in need.

Since our founding in 1970, The Bridge for Youth has served thousands of runaway and homeless youth and their families. From emergency shelter and family counseling to supportive housing for youth living on their own, we offer innovative and effective solutions for youth in crisis.

Here at The Bridge for Youth we see heartbreak and tragedy every day. But we also see miracles - of hope and love and renewal. Youth and families who are able to negotiate their differences, make a fresh start and forge stronger connections with each other. Youth who were homeless and disconnected finding their way off the street, finishing school, working and building a stable life. We are honored to be part of this work.

Thank you for helping us. Your contribution will go directly to provide a full range of 24-hour directly accessible services to youth and families in our community: 24-hour crisis counseling, emergency shelter, medical services, family counseling, street outreach, and transitional and permanent housing for homeless youth.

On behalf of all of at The Bridge for Youth, thank you for caring and commitment to our community's young people.

Chelsea Miller

Development Coordinator

PS: Thank you so much! Your group is so wonderful and entertaining. Thank you for a great night of food and entertainment.



Minnesota Atheists Co-Sponsors Secular Bible Study

While it may seem like a contradiction, Minnesota Atheists, along with Trinity United Methodist Church, have organized a secular bible study.  By taking a purely secular approach, we seek to provide a safe environment for both sides to engage in dialog, experience different approaches, and focus on the history and different cultural contexts of the bible.  If you are interested, please join the Secular Bible Study Meetup Group. By joining the group, you'll be able to see pictures of who you will be dialoging with and you can maintain communications through their message board.

Cable TV Report

by Steve Petersen

We produced four programs in the past two months.  In November, James Zimmerman interviewed Grant Steves in two programs titled "Inerrancy: The Christian Text and Christian Fundamentalism Why?"  In December, Grant Steves conducted two interviews titled, "Lynn Fellman as Artist and Lynn Fellman as DNA Artist."   If you would like to help on the cable program or sponsor the program on your city or have ideas for a future program please contact me at chair@mnatheists.org.

James Zimmerman and Grant Steves
Lynn Fellman and Grant Steves



"Atheists Talk" Radio Report: Two Shows for Less than the Price of One!

by August Berkshire

At our November meeting we announced that we were not going to renew our contract with KTNF AM 950 radio due to cost. Instead, we were going to create a live podcast of our program, which would cost us almost nothing. Now it looks like we're going to have the best of both worlds.

KTNF did not want to lose us, so they made a lower, counter-offer, which we accepted. We have signed a contract to continue for the first six months of 2009.

However, KNTF would like to charge us the full rate again after those six months. The only way we can do this is to find a co-sponsor who will pay for half. With that in mind, we are open to experimenting, by changing our show into an "Atheist-Theist News Hour" and finding a religious co-sponsor.


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Challenging the Deepest Beliefs

Minnesota Atheists president encourages discussion between those with different views

Reposted from the MSU Reporter

August Berkshire, president of the Minnesota Atheists, will present "The Top 12 Excuses Religious People Give for the Horrible Behavior of their God" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Centennial Student Union 284 at Minnesota State.

The event is hosted by Campus Atheists and Agnostics. According to organization member Trista Ayers, the presentation is designed for non-religious individuals and religious individuals to open discussion on important topics.

"People are more than welcome to bring their own ideas," Ayers said.


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