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"Humanists of Minnesota" Audrey Kingstrom on Atheists Talk #355, April 17, 2016

The vision of the Humanists of Minnesota is for all of us to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment and contribute to the greater good of humanity and the planet through science, reason, compassion and creativity. Some of the work on which the Humanists of Minnesota focus is to educate the public on humanist and naturalist worldviews, promote the use of the democratic process, scientific inquiry, critical thinking and moral reasoning to support a secular society, advocate for the separation of church and state, champion human rights, global ethics and planetary sustainability, cultivate personal growth, humanist values and ethical decision-making and create and sustain a caring humanist community.

Audrey Kingstrom is the current president of the Humanists of Minnesota, and she will join us this Sunday morning to discuss the history of Humanists of MN, their service projects and social actions, the community that many Humanist Minnesotans call home.

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Listen to AM 950 KTNF on Sunday at 9 a.m. Central to hear Atheists Talk, produced by Minnesota Atheists. Stream live online. Call in to the studio: 952-946-6205, or send an e-mail to radio@mnatheists.org during the live show.

Atheists Talk radio and podcast is a communications service of Minnesota Atheists.  Our volunteer producers, hosts, interviewers, and contributors are committed to presenting topics of interest to atheists and humanists. Topics include, but are not limited to, general atheism and humanism, separation of church and state, science, religion, gender, race, culture, and the arts.

"The Orbit Blog Network" on Atheists Talk #354, April 10, 2016

In the early part of 2016 a group of about 20 writers came together to form a new blog network. From their website: 

The Orbit is a diverse collective of atheist and nonreligious bloggers committed to social justice, within and outside the secular community. We provide a platform for writing, discussion, activism, collaboration, and community.

The network consists of some big names in atheist writing: Greta Christina, Zinnia Jones, Stephanie Zvan, Black Skeptics, Miri Mogilevsky, Alix Jules...to name a few. 

Join Atheists Talk this Sunday when Brianne Bilyeu, Stephanie Zvan, Jason Thibeault and Niki M. discuss The Orbit.

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Atheists Talk radio and podcast is a communications service of Minnesota Atheists.  Our volunteer producers, hosts, interviewers, and contributors are committed to presenting topics of interest to atheists and humanists. Topics include, but are not limited to, general atheism and humanism, separation of church and state, science, religion, gender, race, culture, and the arts.

"Secular Meditation" Rick Heller on Atheists Talk #353, April 3, 2016

Secular meditation is a practice of meditation without any of the religious trappings. It is derived from various Buddhist and Quaker practices and principles, including the ideas of metta (lovingkindness), compassion for self and others, and mindfulness of breath, sound, body and our external environment. Over the years the beneficial physical and psychological effects of meditation have been gaining scientific support, and as a result, more non-religious people have been exploring these practices in a secularized form.

Rick Heller is the author of the recently published book, Secular Meditation: 32 Practices for Cultivating Inner Peace, Compassion, and Joy — A Guide from the Humanist Community at Harvard. Mr. Heller holds Master's degrees in journalism and public policy, and he received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from MIT. He leads weekly meditations at the Humanist Community at Harvard.

Join Atheists Talk this Sunday for our discussion with Rick Heller about his book and the practices of secular meditation.

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Atheists Talk radio and podcast is a communications service of Minnesota Atheists.  Our volunteer producers, hosts, interviewers, and contributors are committed to presenting topics of interest to atheists and humanists. Topics include, but are not limited to, general atheism and humanism, separation of church and state, science, religion, gender, race, culture, and the arts.

"Strange Gods" Susan Jacoby on Atheists Talk #352 March 27, 2016

Susan Jacoby is a writer and author whose works have focused on atheism, secularism, American history and public discourse. She is the author of thirteen books, and spent much of her career as a reporter for various publications including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, Mother Jones, The Nation, Glamour, and the AARP Bulletin and AARP Magazine. Susan Jacoby is a member of the honorary boards of the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the Center for Inquiry, a secular think tank.

Susan Jacoby joins Atheists Talk radio on Sunday to discuss her newest book, Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion.

Focusing on the long, tense convergence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—each claiming possession of absolute truth—Jacoby examines conversions within a social and economic framework that includes theocratic coercion (unto torture and death) and the more friendly persuasion of political advantage, economic opportunism, and interreligious marriage. Moving through time, continents, and cultures—the triumph of Christianity over paganism in late antiquity, the Spanish Inquisition, John Calvin’s dour theocracy, Southern plantations where African slaves had to accept their masters’ religion—the narrative is punctuated by portraits of individual converts embodying the sacred and profane.

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Finally, Jacoby offers a powerful case for religious choice as a product of the secular Enlightenment. In a forthright and unsettling conclusion linking the present with the most violent parts of the West’s religious past, she reminds us that in the absence of Enlightenment values, radical Islamists are persecuting Christians, many other Muslims, and atheists in ways that recall the worst of the Middle Ages.

Tune in this Sunday for our discussion with Susan Jacoby!

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Atheists Talk radio and podcast is a communications service of Minnesota Atheists.  Our volunteer producers, hosts, interviewers, and contributors are committed to presenting topics of interest to atheists and humanists. Topics include, but are not limited to, general atheism and humanism, separation of church and state, science, religion, gender, race, culture, and the arts.

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