Thursday, April 17, 2014

Welcome, freethinkers!

Central Minnesota Freethinkers is a nonprofit charitable, social, and educational organization created to foster a community of reason. We are atheists, agnostics, humanists, secularists, and freethinkers in and around St. Cloud. We live our lives happily free of dogma and the constraints of religion.

Central Minnesota Freethinkers is a member of the Atheist Alliance and the Minnesota Secular Council. Learn more...

coffeeWe get together for coffee on the first Sunday morning of each month. Please join us at the Good Earth Co-op in St. Cloud's Centennial Plaza. (map)

Freethinkers Night Out happens the second Tuesday after each coffee social. Join us for an evening of freethinking conversation, dinner if you like, and drinks. Watch the events calendar for location.

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meetingGeneral membership meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on third Mondays in February, April, and October at either the public library or the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall in St. Cloud. We often host guest speakers on a range of interesting topics.

In June and December we get together around the Solstices for a potluck celebration. Watch the events calendar for time and location.

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Please contact us at or simply show up at a meeting or social gathering.

Join Central Minnesota Freethinkers for an evening with author James Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman is the writer of Deliverance at Hand!: The Redemption of a Devout Jehovah's Witness (published in late 2013 by Freethought House). The meeting will be April 21, 2014 at the St. Cloud Public Library 7 – 8:30pm in the Bremer Room.

James Zimmerman is a member of the Minnesota Atheists Editorial Board, a former editor of The Minnesota Atheist newsletter and a frequent host of Atheists Talk television show. His writings has appeared in The Humanist, American Atheist, The St. Paul Almanac, Atheist Voices of Minnesota, and several other magazines and books. James is a life-long Minnesota resident and currently lives in St. Paul with his son, his daughter, and his very pregnant wife.

Read more: Guest Speaker for April: Author James Zimmerman

The Heavens and Heathens

Nerds and Nebulae

Call it what you want, Central Minnesota Freethinkers has a private reservation at the St. Cloud State University Planetarium Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6pm. The Planetarium holds 60 people so come on out with us for a tour of the sky.

The Planetarium is located on the SCSU campus in the Robert H. Wick Science Building.

Directions and parking instructions are available on the SCSU Planetarium website

There are no fees for the program. Donations to CMF are appreciated.

billboard st cloudWhen I saw the billboard near St. Joseph the other day, "With atheism, there is no hope, only despair," I couldn't help but wonder what made this person think their actions would make this world in any way a better place to live.

First, it expresses a complete lack of understanding of, or tolerance for those around the world who view life through rational, rather than spiritual eyes.

If there is no promise of an afterlife, it only makes the life we have that much more precious to us.

Read more: Our president's response to local negativity

After the great success of our coffee socials, we've decided to bring a new event into the mix. The second Tuesday evening after each coffee social is Freethinkers Night Out!

The April event will be held at La Casita in Waite Park on Tuesday the 23rd from 6-7:30. Of course, you're free to come earlier or stay later. We expect the same fun, invigorating conversation and laughter we always have. Plus beer.

See you then!

Beth Ann Erickson interviews Doug Petersen of the Central Minnesota Freethinkers for Incongruent Elements.

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