Pavilion Party 1:00 pm Sat 27 Nov.


On Saturday, November 27th, we will all gather at the home of Our Flounder Bill van Druten, rain or shine! Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays us courageous heretics from our complete rejection of the accepted religions. Bring something to share: perhaps some food you’ve prepared or a relaxing drink. We’ll engage in conversation and contemplation and perhaps some conspiracy from 1:00 until about 4:00 pm. Remember to park anywhere on Greysolon Road but not on 30th Avenue.

2931 Greysolon Road | Duluth, Minnesota | (218) 724-4176.

Panel on Coping with Climate Change

Sunday, November 7th at 9:30 am on Zoom


Lora Wedge is a community leader with a background in social change work and a M.A. in Consciousness and Transformative Studies. She teaches as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is the COO of Ecolibrium3 where she helps direct the organization’s climate change work.


Mike Overend is a nearly retired veterinarian who practiced with his smarter, beautiful and nearly retired wife and partner veterinarian for 34 years in Two Harbors and Grand Marais. Mike and Lucy raised two above average children and we all love the outdoors and the natural world. Mike and Lucy are transitioning to full time volunteer action to create smart and effective State and Federal policy for Climate Solutions that benefit all of our children and their future generations as well as the animals that share our world because there is no Planet B.


Linda Crumpton is the Vice-Chair of Lake Superior Freethinkers. Since retiring from working at the Cloquet Library, Linda has been a major contributor to the group. She is also a well known local musician, playing traditional Irish music with groups like Rigadoo all through the Twin Ports area.


Charles Gessert is the Treasurer of Lake Superior Freethinkers. He has been very active with charitable groups in the region since retiring as research director at Essentia Health and is sought after as a speaker and presenter.


Bill Guse is the recently retired owner of Bob’s Cabins and has served Lake Superior Freethinkers for many years in different roles such as FFRF liaison and host/emcee. Retirement has given him time to think about the stories we all tell ourselves and how they construct our experiences of reality.

1st Sunday | Oct. 3rd | St. Scholastica


Dave Swenson returns with a look at the psychology of those who are “vaccine hesitant.” What are they thinking? Is there anything we can do to help this country move past the plague? After the presentation, we’ll meet in the lower level for brunch and conversation. Don’t forget your masks as we head down to the student cafeteria for our first after-meeting buffet. Just $10 on your credit card gets you much more selection than the Radisson at an even lower price. We’ll be practicing social distancing upstairs at the meeting and downstairs at the after party, so there’s nothing to fear (except perhaps the wrath of god). Why not bring a friend?


Sunday, Sept. 5th, on ZOOM

Humanistic Judaism in Minnesota

What is Humanistic Judaism?  Why is there a congregation in Minnesota?  How can you be a humanist and a Jew?  Tune in and learn the answers!

Allan Malkis, President of Or Emet: The Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism.

Allan Malkis is the current President of Or Emet. the MN Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. A retired researcher, Allan is originally from New York state but moved to Minnesota nearly 50 years ago to attend U of M graduate school. He received an MA in Sociology and has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations such as the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs and most recently for Ramsey County. Allan has been a member of Or Emet for over 30 years. He lives in Saint Paul with his spouse Diane Wanner and Sam & Ted, two pampered felines.

Freethink Better

David Broman

To be good Freethinkers, we need to recognize the things that interfere with clear thinking, and employ strategies for becoming better thinkers.

David has spent a lot of time trying to figure out why people believe what they believe. He was once a conservative Christian, but is now an atheist who has mixed political positions. He has worked with a variety of cultures and belief systems, having been a teacher in a Christian school, a Native American school, in Japan, in a treatment center, in both rural and urban areas, accumulating friends and family from every ideology and belief system.

We will meet at 9:30 am in Somers Lounge within the campus of the College of St. Scholastica. It is the small building that you’ll encounter first as you come through the main entrance at the corner of Kenwood Avenue and W College Street. The festivities begin at 10:00 am as always with a few announcements, a Five Minute Reflection from a member, and then the main presentation. Unfortunately there will be no breakfast buffet this month.

1200 Kenwood Avenue | Duluth MN 55811-4199 | (218) 723-6000