News

Opening For Finance Director

Tuesday, August 8

Applications are being accepted for the position of Finance Director (20 hours/week). Apply to Senior Minister David Breeden via  by August 28th at the latest.

Please read this Job Description.

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Upcoming Lowry Tunnel traffic impacts

Wednesday, August 2

(Courtesy, Minnesota Department of Transportation)
Motorists driving on I-94 in Minneapolis through the Lowry Hill Tunnel will see lane changes starting the weekend of August 4.

In preparation for the changes, eastbound I-94 will close at the tunnel from midnight until 5 a.m. Fri, Aug. 4 and traffic will take the Hennepin/Lyndale exit.The ramp (including HOV) from eastbound I-394 to eastbound I-94 remains open during this tunnel closure.

Then early Friday morning, traffic will shift to the westbound side of the tunnel. Drivers will see two lanes in each direction with a concrete barrier in the middle.

Traffic from eastbound I-394 to eastbound I-94 will continue to be able to use the eastbound tunnel until Aug. 14. Then the ramp from eastbound I-394 to eastbound I-94 will close until Aug. 28 for improvements.

Here are additional ramps that will also be closed during this stage of tunnel work:
Northbound I-35W to westbound I-94
Hwy 55 to eastbound I-94
Fourth Ave. to westbound I-94
Eastbound I-94 to southbound I-35W

This final stage is expected to be in place until mid-September while crews work on bridges near the Lowry Hill Tunnel and make repairs inside the tunnel.

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Groveland Entrance Closed

Sunday, June 18

Due to building renovations, our Groveland entrance will be closed until further notice. Please use our main Mount Curve entrance until the Groveland entrance reopens.

Our elevator will be out of service during this time. Sunday assemblies will be held in the Upper Assembly Hall, and mini meals will be served upstairs until the new elevator is in service.

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New Director of Religious Education

Tuesday, June 13

We are pleased to announce our new Director of Religious Education, Laura Carpenter. She is currently a member of a Unitarian Universalist fellowship in Tennessee, and she is one of those folks who has realized that her deepest commitments align with Humanism.

Laura has worked developing curricula and as an instructor. She has experience as an event coordinator, an activities coordinator, and a volunteer coordinator for several nonprofits. She has taught science, theater, outdoor skills, marine biology, snorkeling, skim boarding, and boogie boarding.

Laura has worked with the National Park Service, the National Geographic Society, and several educational institutions. Her work with nonprofits includes Moms Clean Air Force, Hands on Science Center, Kids Ecology Corps, Funky Fish Ocean Adventure Camp, Outdoor Science School, and Real Nature Environmental Farm.

Laura and outgoing DRE Charlie Krysinski will be working together the last days of July to ensure a smooth transition.

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Summer Assemblies

Saturday, June 24

This schedule will continue to evolve, but here is what is planned so far:

June 18 – Arif Mamdani, Hallman Ministerial Intern at Unity Unitarian Church in St. Paul.

June 25 – Sia Her, Executive Director, Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans

July 2 – Jane Smith, Ministerial Intern at the Society

July 9 – Mikki Morrissette, Society member and professional writer

July 16 – Charlie Krysinski,  Director of Religious Education at the Society

July 23 – Kevin Jagoe,  Member and Ministerial Intern at First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn Heights, NY

July 30 – Dr. Demian Wheeler, Professor at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

August 6 – Lammas with Seasonal Celebrations

August 13 – Chris Stedman, new Executive Director of the Humanist Center of MN

August 20 – Liz Loeb, Associate Director, Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice and Transformation

August 27 – Maria De La Cruz, Headwaters Foundation for Justice

September 3 – Rev. David Breeden

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RE Registration for 2017-2018

Monday, May 8

Welcome! Please use this form to register your children and volunteer for the 2017-2018 Religious Explorers program.

Step 1: Register your children. You may register up to three children with this form.

Step 2: Volunteer. Our Religious Explorers Program is a cooperative effort. Each parent is expected to either teach one term or volunteer for two events. You'll see the volunteer options after the child registration portion of this form. Check all of the activities for which you are willing to provide help.

Full name of first child: (required)

Date of birth of first child MM/DD/YY: (required)

School grade in fall 2017: (required)

Nursery (6 weeks to 18 months)Toddler (19 months to 35 months)Preschool (3 - 5)Kindergarten1st grade2nd grade3rd grade4th grade
5th grade6th grade7th grade8th grade9th grade10th grade11th grade12th grade

 

Full name of second child:

Date of birth of second child (MM/DD/YY):

School grade in fall 2017:

Nursery (6 weeks to 18 months)Toddler (19 months to 35 months)Preschool (3 - 5)Kindergarten1st grade2nd grade3rd grade4th grade
5th grade6th grade7th grade8th grade9th grade10th grade11th grade12th grade

 

Full name of third child:

Date of birth of third child (MM/DD/YY):

School grade in fall 2017:

Nursery (6 weeks to 18 months)Toddler (19 months to 35 months)Preschool (3 - 5)Kindergarten1st grade2nd grade3rd grade4th grade
5th grade6th grade7th grade8th grade9th grade10th grade11th grade12th grade

 

Please tell us any information about your child(ren) that will help make the Religious Explorers Program a successful experience for them:

I would like to talk personally with the Director of Religious Education about my child's needs.

By submitting this form, I give my permission for my child(ren) in the Religious Explorers Program to go on field trips. Parents will be notified in advance of any field trips. I also give my permission to the teachers to authorize emergency medical treatment if necessary. (required field):
YesNo

Will you allow pictures of your child(ren) to be be used on the Society's website or in other publicity? Names will never be used. (required field):
YesNo

 

Now it's time to sign up to volunteer!

Our Religious Explorers Program is a cooperative effort. Each parent is expected to either teach one term or volunteer for two events.

Choose at least one option listed below. For Option 1, sign up to teach a K-7 class. For Option 2, sign up to help with the nursery, toddler, or preschool rooms. For Option 3, choose at least two of the volunteer opportunities listed.

Name (First and Last Name): (required)

Your email: (required)

Street or mailing address: (required)

City, State and ZIP Code: (required)

Phone - day: (required)

Phone - evening:

What is your first choice for a grade level to teach?
Kindergarten & 1st Grade2nd & 3rd Grade4th & 5th Grade6th & 7th GradeHigh School

What is your second choice for a grade level to teach?
Kindergarten & 1st Grade2nd & 3rd Grade4th & 5th Grade6th & 7th GradeHigh School

Which is your first choice for the term to teach?
Fall (Sept. 27 - Nov. 19)Holiday (Dec. 3 - Dec. 17)Winter (Jan. 7 - Feb. 25)Spring (Mar. 11 - May 13)

Which is your second choice for the term to teach?
Fall (Sept. 27 - Nov. 19)Holiday (Dec. 3 - Dec. 17)Winter (Jan. 7 - Feb. 25)Spring (Mar. 11 - May 13)

 

Please indicate which group you would prefer:
Nursery (6 weeks to 18 months)Toddler (19 months to 35 months)Preschool (3 - 5)

Which Sunday do you prefer? By volunteering for one Sunday a month, you will volunteer for a total of nine times during the teach year.
1st Sunday2nd Sunday3rd Sunday4th Sunday5th Sunday (2-3 times/year)

 

With this option, choose at least two options from the lists below.

Substitute Teach or Committee Support

Check all that apply:
Substitute teachingRE Committee (babies through 6th grade)Youth-Adult Committee (7th through 12 grade)

Special Projects

Look for an email with a link to sign up for your Sundays with specific dates.
Check all that apply:
I'd like to help with the Fall Special SundaysI'd like to help at the Holiday TermI'd like to help with the Spring Special SundaysI'd like to help with the RE carnival

Name (First and Last Name):

Email, if different:

Street or mailing address, if different:

City, State and ZIP Code, if different:

Daytime phone, if any:

Evening phone, if any:

What is your first choice for a grade level to teach?
Kindergarten & 1st Grade2nd & 3rd Grade4th & 5th Grade6th & 7th GradeHigh School

What is your second choice for a grade level to teach?
Kindergarten & 1st Grade2nd & 3rd Grade4th & 5th Grade6th & 7th GradeHigh School

Which is your first choice for the term to teach?
Fall (Sept. 27 - Nov. 19)Holiday (Dec. 3 - Dec. 17)Winter (Jan. 7 - Feb. 25)Spring (Mar. 11 - May 13)

Which is your second choice for the term to teach?
Fall (Sept. 27 - Nov. 19)Holiday (Dec. 3 - Dec. 17)Winter (Jan. 7 - Feb. 25)Spring (Mar. 11 - May 13)

 

Please indicate which group you would prefer:
Nursery (6 weeks to 18 months)Toddler (19 months to 35 months)Preschool (3 - 5)

Which Sunday do you prefer? By volunteering for one Sunday a month, you will volunteer for a total of nine times during the teach year.
1st Sunday2nd Sunday3rd Sunday4th Sunday5th Sunday (2-3 times/year)

 

With this option, choose at least two options from the lists below.

Substitute Teach or Committee Support

Check all that apply:
Substitute teachingRE Committee (babies through 6th grade)Youth-Adult Committee (7th through 12 grade)

Special Projects

Look for an email with a link to sign up for your Sundays with specific dates.
Check all that apply:
I'd like to help with the Fall Special SundaysI'd like to help at the Holiday TermI'd like to help with the Spring Special SundaysI'd like to help with the RE carnival


I have signed up to Volunteer for RE for the 2017-2018 session (Required)

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Dietrich Centennial In the News

Friday, February 24

The March issue of the UU World (official publication of the Unitarian Universalist Association) included an article about the First Unitarian Society and how we are living the legacy of Dr. John Dietrich.

The article is available online here.

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First Hour Programming

Wednesday, February 1

After many years of relying on volunteer guest speakers for Sunday morning Forums, the Society is turning a new page. We’re renaming the hour before assembly “First Hour,” with an expanded range of drop-in programs. The Forum tradition of guest presenters will continue, but we’ve shifted to once-a-month Forums with paid speakers.

Click here for the next First Hour forum.

On other Sundays, First Hour will include adult learning offerings with Rev. David, the monthly Social Justice Roundtable with Rev. Kelli, and some practice-based workshops. Except on holidays, drop-in childcare will be available for First Hour throughout the program year.


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2017 Service Trip

Wednesday, January 11

FUS Service Trip!

It’s time for the third triennial Service Trip, returning to the Arizona Navajo Reservation, over Spring Break, April 3-7, 2017! This is an all-abilities, intergenerational opportunity to experience a diverse culture while working along side the Navajo to improve their infrastructure and community. High School students are encouraged to participate in this trip, with or without family members.

Former FUS member Pamela Meade, who lives with her family in Pinon, AZ, will be organizing our service projects and at least one “fun” day to see Arizona sights and/or tour the Hopi reservation. We will be staying near Canyon de Chelly, with either hotel or camping options.

You are responsible for transportation and lodging costs, plus a fee (TBD) per person for van rental, group meals and project expenses, based on the total number of participants. For more information, please or call 612-781-0418.

Flyer (PDF)

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Fall Religious Education

Monday, August 1

Sign Up
We are excited to have you as part of our Religious Explorers program. If you are interested in registration, the process includes registering your child/ren and volunteering to teach for a term or to help with two special activities.

Find out more and access the online form today.

Parent Volunteers are needed for the 2016-17 Religious Education school year. Work with one other volunteer for an 8-week block for grades K-7 in Fall, Winter or Spring terms. For further information, contact Director of Religious Education, Charles Krysinski by .

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New RE Director: Charles Krysinski

Thursday, June 30

Effective August 15, Charles Krysinski will assume the position of Director of Religious Education.

Charles graduated from Northland College in Wisconsin with a BA in Religious Studies and minors in history and philosophy. His capstone paper compared the ideas of the great Jewish existentialist philosopher Martin Buber and C.L.R. James, the trailblazing Afro-Trinidadian social theorist and pioneer of subaltern studies and postcolonial theory. He coordinated the outdoors orientation programs at Northland College in Wisconsin, and has also taught skiing to children in Colorado.

Charles has experience teaching religious education at the Friends (Quaker) congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan and at the Chequamegon UU Fellowship in Wisconsin.

Terrie Coats, who served us ably as the Acting DRE from the 2015-2016 year, will supervise the summer Religious Education program through mid-August.

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2016 Annual Report

Friday, May 20

bookmarkThe report for the 2015-2016 year was released at the annual meeting of the Members on Wednesday, May 18. It may be accessed on the download page of this site. Most forms and documents pertaining to the Society are available on that page so it is well worth bookmarking it.

Highlights of the meeting included the election of new Trustees Barb Lutz and Shelley Shreffler; election of new Nominating Committee members Sheila Callander, Anita Martinez and Scott Eller; and approval of the 2016-2017 budget. This year’s Dueltgen award for long-time service to the congregation went to Audrey Kingstrom and Bob Aderhold.

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Community Solar Gardens

Sunday, March 6

In collaboration with other Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Twin Cities, we are participating in a solar garden project. Individual households (members, friends, and neighbors!) enroll for a specific solar garden and ultimately save on their Xcel energy bills. To learn about our UU Community Solar Garden program and how you can join see this overview PDF (note: 1.5MB). To sign up directly, please go to http://www.mncommunitysolar.com/firstunitarian. You will need to refer to a recent Xcel bill.

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New Finance Director

Monday, November 16

ShelliHesselrothShelli Hesselroth will be joining our staff as Finance Director with responsibility for accounts payable, deposits, monthly reconciliation, employee benefits, payroll management, and annual budget preparation.

Shelli is a CPA with more than 25 years of experience, with a background in both public and private accounting. She is an experienced campaign compliance consultant and accountant to both state and Federal political campaigns and organizations.

Allison Stevens, who served us well in this position for several years, is moving to a larger job with a larger organization.

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