greg-ladenOn October 20,2014 the Central Minnesota Freethinkers are proud to present a program by Greg Laden, noted writer about climate change, evolution, science education and more at National Geographic, Science Blogs and other venues. His presentation will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall in St. Cloud at 7:00. The admission is free and the program is open to all who wish to attend.

While trained as a biological anthropologist and archeologist and having research experience at many locations in the United States and in the Congo and South Africa, and, having taught at several colleges and universities, today he mostly engages in climate change related science communication.

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.

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.

Update: See August's talk on YouTube now

August Berkshire, past president of Minnesota Atheists, will be speaking at our October membership meeting at the Great River Library in St. Cloud on Monday, October 21st. The program will be presented in the Mississippi Room of the library at 7:00 pm. The admission is free and the event is open to everyone who would like to attend.

Berkshire's program is entitled "The Illusion that Free Will is not an Illusion." He will discuss the ramifications of a natural universe without gods or free will, in which evolution shapes our thoughts and actions. Is life worth living? Can we avoid fatalism? What does this say about ethics, cooperation, altruism, responsibility, justice, revenge, punishment, rehabilitation, praise, blame, hate and love? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about the future?

August Berkshire is not only a past president of Minnesota Atheists, he's a past vice-president of Atheist Alliance International and is on the speakers bureau for the Secular Student Alliance. He has been an atheist activist since 1984 and is the author of numerous pamphlets. He is the owner of the ATHEIST car license plate for Minnesota and is proud to be listed in the reference book "Who's Who in Hell".

We hope to see you there!

St. Cloud Pride logoWe're participating in this year's St. Cloud Pride in the Park on Saturday, September 21st at Lake George. We'll be sponsoring an information booth in conjunction with the Minnesota Atheists and we could use a few volunteers to take a two-hour shift for us; 10-12, 12-2 or 2-4.

We'll cover the set-up and take-down of everything. All you have to do is smile nicely and answer any questions folks might have about us or our organizations. We'll have flyers and brochures available and have CMF t-shirts and window clings available for sale. If you'd like to help, sign up here

It's a wonderful St. Cloud event and well worth attending, even if you don't want to volunteer to spend a little time with us. Just be sure to stop by and say hi.