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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Renovation Update

Sunday, September 17

Work is almost complete on our $4MM upgrade of our Mid-Century Modern home. Odds and ends remain to be completed, but don’t hesitate to visit our new and improved facility with:
* An elevator serving all levels
* Accessible entrance from the Groveland Avenue side
* New all-gender restrooms
* Energy-efficient windows throughout the building
* Modern, year-round HVAC system
* New playground equipment (the “FUS Beagle”)
* And more that is not necessarily glamorous, but still valuable

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Retreat to the Woods 2017

Friday, October 6

Full dates are Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8

Join us at beautiful Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement in Long Lake, Minnesota, for a weekend of fellowship, relaxation, and renewal. You’ll enjoy great food, hiking and biking trails, canoeing, nearby lakes, and a few interesting and varied workshops in a quiet and protected setting surrounded by 3,300 acres of marshes, meadows, and mature forest.

The site has a tenting area and eight log cabins. Each cabin has a wood-burning stove and eight bunk beds with mattresses. The cabins do not have electricity. There are two modern composting toilet facilities near the cabins, as well as full restrooms and a shower at the main lodge. Baker does not allow pets. The Settlement is about 30 minutes west of Minneapolis.

PDF Overview of the Site and Map


You may register by downloading, completing and returning this pdf form or by submitting the following web form. When the latter is submitted, it will send an email with your registration information to the office. You are responsible for making payment either through the office or our secure online payment/donation site.

Contact Jeffry Magnuson with any questions:
3010 West 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Tel. 612-929-0294


Contact Information







Participants

Please list each person in your party who is attending. At least one must be an adult 18 or older.





Meals and Food Preferences

Total number in your party who will attend each meal.
Friday Evening Dinner
Saturday Breakfast
Saturday Lunch
Saturday Evening Dinner
Sunday Breakfast




Registration Costs

This form cannot do the calculations for you, so please fill in the correct numbers and amounts.
CABINS
$40 for each adult or youth 12 or over in cabins
$25 for children under 12 (3rd child is free) in cabins

TENTING
$30 for each adult or youth 12 or over sleeping in your tent
$20 for each child under 12 over sleeping in your tent

Saturday Only? $15 for Saturday Day visit only (adults or youth)


You will see the message "Thank you for your message. It has been sent." and a copy of the information will be emailed to you.

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Pearson Applications

Sunday, September 10

Every year, beginning in 1992, the Foundation of the First Unitarian Society has awarded modest grants to a number of organizations that best represent the goals and ideals of the Kurt Pearson Social Concerns Fund. The fund was established to support groups that have demonstrated commitment so social causes that Kurt would have found commendable,

If you, or an organization you know, is interested, please submit an application online or by mail. Applications will be available in the office. The online application can be found at http://firstunitarian.org/members/foundation/pearson-fund-application. The deadline is October 1, 2017, and awards will be announced the October 22 Assembly.

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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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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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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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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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