This Saturday will be the last Pavilion Party of this season (until next Spring). We’ll gather at the lovely home of Our Flounder, Dr. Bill van Druten. We’ll all bring some food or drink, and lots of important ideas, to share with other freethinkers. The fun will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 26th and continue until about 4:00 pm at 2931 Greysolon Road. (218) 724-4176. Park anywhere on Greysolon Road but not on 30th Avenue.
Once again, we will gather on the patio at the home of our own Tom Patten (3001 East Superior Street) for Happy Hours from 4:00 – 6:00 on Thursday, October 1st. Please bring something to drink (or a snack) and a lawn chair if you have one. We will be outside in the fresh (crisp) air, dressed appropriately for the weather and masked appropriately for the pandemic.
This Sunday we will be joined by Jeremiah Camara who will speak about his film, “Holy Hierarchy: Religious Roots of Racism in America.” You can watch the film ahead of time on Amazon Prime using the link below. (You can get a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime if you do not have it already). Or, you can just enjoy his talk and the film clips he will show us during the presentation to illustrate his main points.
Jeremiah Camara is the author of the books Holy Lockdown: Does The Church Limit Black Progress? and The New Doubting Thomas: The Bible, Black Folks & Blind Belief. He is also the creator of the widely watched video series Slave Sermons and his latest project is Contradiction: A Question of Faith: a full‐length documentary examining the saturation of churches in African American communities coexisting in the midst of poverty and powerlessness.
The 80 foot tall Enger Tower (honoring West End furniture dealer Bert Enger) has rested atop “Grand Mountain” at an elevation of over 1100 feet since 1939. In 1954, a Duluthian discovered a large Buddhist bell among war materials slated for meltdown. A UMD professor traced the identity of that bell and it was returned to Ohara, Japan as an act of friendship. In 2010, that city—now a sister city of Duluth—erected a replica named the American-Japanese Peace Bell in Enger Park. Lake Superior Freethinkers has reserved outdoor tables at this historic site from 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 16th. Please bring your own dinner and beverage to enjoy along with the view and the companionship of our typical Third Wednesday Social.
“Who are the Nones?” by Bill Guse
A growing number of people check “None” on surveys about religious identification. We tend to think of them as atheists who have heard our message of skepticism and changed teams. But is that accurate? Are they just as religious as before, but not identifying with one particular church? Do they simply have new supernatural beliefs about crystals, the stars, or even Satan? Our own Bill Guse looks at these questions as he presents a portrait of the group known as “the Nones.”