Jan. Public Meeting: The Necessity of Atheism

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On Sunday, January 23, 2022, join Minnesota Atheists online for a business meeting including board nominations and a featured presentation by past president of Minnesota Atheists, and an active member of the atheist movement since 1984, August Berkshire.

The Necessity of Atheism by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Presented by August Berkshire

In 1811, at the age of 18, the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, aided by his friend Thomas Hogg, published an essay in pamphlet form entitled “The Necessity of Atheism”. This led to their expulsion from Oxford College. Two years later, Shelley expanded the essay as part of the Notes to his poem “Queen Mab”.

Prior to the publication of The Origin Species by Charles Darwin in 1859, publicly declaring oneself an atheist was rare and scandalous. Though famous as a lyrical poet, Shelley was equally interested in science and philosophy. (His wife, Mary Shelley, wrote the novel Frankenstein.)

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1:00 – Zoom Opens, join us and work out any tech issues

1:15 – Business Meeting and Board Nominations

2:00 – Program featuring August Berkshire

Board Nominations

Minnesota Atheists holds elections for the Board of Directors every year. The board of directors consists of: president, associate president, chair, associate chair, secretary, treasurer, and three directors-at large. All positions are up for election with one director-at-large position that’s completely open with no one planning to run. If you are interested or would like to know more about a board position, please contact Heather at chair@mnatheists.org or any other board member.

Nominations will open and close on January 23rd during the Business Meeting starting at 1:15 PM. To be nominated one needs to be nominated by another dues paying member while nominations are open. The nominee does not need to be present to be nominated. To be eligible for office, the nominee must have been a dues paying member for at least one year prior to the date of assuming office, Director-at-Large nominees must have been a member for 6 months prior instead of one year. If you’re interested in being on the board but do not meet these qualifications, consider getting your dues in now so you may qualify next year! The Elections will take place on February 20th at during the February Business Meeting starting at 1:15 PM. This will also be a Zoom Meeting. The new board will take effect on March 1, 2022.

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