News

Building Re-Dedication

Sunday, September 17

With the near-completion of our extensive renovation project, we re-dedicated it and ourselves to the work of furthering congregational humanism in the 21st century.

  • UU favorite Peter Mayer provided special music
  • Senior Minister David Breeden gave special thanks to the many who it all possible and led the congregational dedication (Read the text)
  • The children now have new playground equipment dubbed the “F.U.S. Beagle” (think Darwin).







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Building Re-Dedication 2017


With the near-completion of our extensive renovation project, we re-dedicated it and ourselves to the work of furthering congregational humanism in the 21st century.

UU favorite Peter Mayer provided special music.
Senior Minister David Breeden gave special thanks to the many who it all possible and led the congregational dedication (Read the text)
The children now have new playground equipment dubbed the “F.U.S. Beagle” (think Darwin).

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An update about our nametags

Thursday, August 24

As part of our remodeling, we’re getting a new, magnet-friendly nametag board. This means we will be replacing our remaining pin nametags with magnetic nametags. The new nametags will have the larger lettering that is easier for everyone to read, as well as our current logo. If you have a pacemaker and cannot wear a magnetic nametag, please contact the office.


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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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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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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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