First Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020

Fighting for Secularism in Minnesota

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour!

Spring forward, Fall back.

Staff attorney Ryan Jayne will discuss some of the efforts by the FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) defending the Establishment Clause. He will dive into 2020 Minnesota legislation pertaining to religious intrusion into public policy, present a refresher on historical legal challenges to the Establishment Clause, and give us a glimpse into likely challenges in the near future.

Ryan will make himself available for a Q&A session following his presentation.

Ryan Jayne, FFRF

3rd Wednesday, Oct. 21st


The original Clyde Iron Works opened in Glascow, Scotland in 1786. It later developed the “hot blast” process that greatly increased the efficiency of smelting iron. But the one in Duluth was founded on October 21, 1889 (even if the name Clyde Iron Works wasn’t adopted until two years later). So, as we break bread together at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 21, we will be helping the local venue celebrate its 131st birthday. Bring a festive mood and perhaps a spooky costume as we spend quality time with high-quality people.

2920 W. Michigan St. | Duluth, MN | (218) 727-1150

Special Presentation: First Sunday, Oct. 4th

This Sunday we will hear from 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 this link.  (You can get a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime.)  Or, you can just bring your curiosity and enjoy his talk along with any film clips he chooses to show us during the presentation.

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.

1st Thu, Oct 1st, Happy Hours!

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.

4th Sat, Sep 26th, Final Pavilion Party!

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.