October Public Meeting: Pathfinders Project with Ben Blanchard

ben blanchardBen Blanchard recently returned from a year abroad. He was one of the first participants of the Pathfinders Project, which, according to its website, is a yearlong international service trip sponsored by Foundation Beyond Belief, a nonprofit created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate humanist generosity and compassion. Through Pathfinders Project, humanist volunteers (the Pathfinders) are supporting clean water, education, human rights, and environmental conservation work around the globe.

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President’s Column: Fun Ain't Free

By Eric Jayne

mna funFun is good. That is the mantra of Mike Veeck who co-owns the local minor league St. Paul Saints baseball team along with “team psychologist” Bill Murray. Thanks to the support and feedback from members and board officers the Minnesota Atheists offered a heaping amount of summer fun for the third year in a row by re-branding the St. Paul Saints baseball team to the secularized “Mr. Paul Aints”. We also co-sponsored another regional conference—this time with the Humanists of Minnesota.

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Public Meeting: Relevance of Religion for Atheists

grant stevesGrant Steves is a past member and chair of the board of directors as well as host for the Atheists Talk program on both cable and radio. He has presented several lectures to Minnesota Atheists, including one on cults and fundamentalism and another titled “Ethics: Science or religion – Which has the Answer?” Grant has also been a regular speaker at our Day of Reason annual event at the Minnesota Capitol. His presentations are always very organized and thought-provoking, and generate vigorous discussion.

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