About Us

The First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis was founded in 1881 and is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Since 1916 when Rev. John Dietrich became the Senior Minister, the Society has been known as a leading force for Religious Humanism. A century later under our current Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. David Breeden, we more often speak of Congregational Humanism. While we impose no fixed creed, we are agreed upon our aspirations and core values. A few of those humanist goals include:

  • To grow beyond damaging tribalism, whether of religion, race, gender, nation, location, or class.
  • To encourage human potential and the diversity of human expression, in art, and in life.
  • To pursue knowledge and wisdom, wherever the pursuit leads.

We meet as a congregation on Sunday mornings at 10:30. This Assembly normally features a talk by one of our ministers, a variety of music, readings, and community news; podcasts of most talks are available on this site. The Religious Explorers program for children and youth also convenes at 10:30.  Sunday morning programming includes a “First Hour” talk, discussion or presentation at 9:30 as well as other workshops and events at noonish. Visitors are always welcome.

Members and staff of the Society are engaged in a range of social justice programs. We offer numerous learning and growth opportunities for adults throughout the year. Members and friends are an important part of our music program. We celebrate the turning of the seasons in appropriately humanist fashion.

For more information about the Society, please contact us, check out the extensive information on this site, or better yet–come join us on a Sunday morning.