President’s Column: Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine

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By Ben Blanchard

Headshot of Ben Blanchard with microphone.

Dear fellow members of Minnesota Atheists,

I hope this message finds you well.

As President of Minnesota Atheists, I am happy to share some updates on our recent community outreach and visibility efforts. We continue to make strides in our of building a positive atheist community that actively promotes secular values through educational programs, social activities, and participation in public affairs.

One event that has become a cornerstone of our efforts is the Day of Reason. Year after year since 2006, we have come together on this important occasion to celebrate reason — a concept all Minnesotans can support — and to raise public awareness about the persistent threat to religious liberty posed by government intrusion into the private sphere of worship. Our participation in the Day of Reason is a persistent reminder that secular values are important and contribute to the well-being of our society as a whole.

In addition to our advocacy work, we have continued to engage and educate the community, focusing on younger generations. The program I am most excited about is The Magic School Party Room that we host at CONvergence. Through this initiative, we captivate young minds with the wonders of the natural world and promote secular values (and Minnesota Atheists as an organization). By promoting critical thinking and scientific exploration, we promote the tools that help people question, explore, and form their own opinions based on evidence. This year Convergence is Jul 6–9, 2023, and we are always looking for more volunteers.

Summer picnics have always been a delightful way for us to strengthen our sense of community while enjoying the great outdoors. These gatherings offer us an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, build new friendships, and reinforce our commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment. Our summer picnics are a testament to the vibrant and united community we have built, providing a space where we can celebrate our shared values. Our first picnic this year will be June 18th, at the Jaycees Shelter in Roseville’s Central Park.

I should also take a moment to remind everyone that Twin Cities Pride is coming up, and we will be tabling again at the festival. This year we will be in booth P04 (a little north west from where we have been in previous years). Unfortunately, we wont be marching this year, as Twin Cities Pride is refocusing its parade, but I would still encourage people to enjoy the festivities. TC Pride is Jun 24th and 25th.

It is essential to recognize the collective effort that makes Minnesota Atheists possible. Our dedicated volunteers have been working tirelessly for years, and I want to take a moment to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your time, energy, and commitment to our cause. I want to extend this gratitude also to our members, who stand up and proudly say who they are. Our strength lies in our unity and persistence, and together, we can continue to make a lasting impact in Minnesota. I encourage you all to stay involved, contribute your ideas, and join us at events. By standing together, we are creating future where reason and secular values are respected and celebrated.

Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to Minnesota Atheists.

Minnesota Atheists

Positive Atheism in Action Since 1991