Podcasts

On Visibility and Fragmentation

Speaker: Mikki Morrissette, Member
Sunday, July 24, 2016

David Bohm in his 1980 book “Wholeness and the Implicate Order,” wrote that “wholeness is what is real” and that our human need to break things down into fragments creates an illusionary sense that our world is not, at its essence, interconnected. Bohm’s message was that humans tend to look at surface reality and confuse it for truth. In this talk, Mikki explores the fundamental level we don’t see, and discusses a “Sustainable We” vision. If we start with the notion that our community/ world/ universe is connected, then maybe the ways we divide ourselves up politically, economically and socially will no longer make sense to us.

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Can a Humanist find true happiness in classical choral music that is deeply religious in nature?

Speaker: Paul Riedesel, Member
Sunday, July 17, 2016

A personal reflection on the dilemma of being a non-theistic Humanist while greatly appreciating and participating in this art. Why might the answer be relevant to everyone?  Paul is a member of the First Unitarian Society and a longtime choral singer in the Twin Cities.

Text (PDF): Classical Choral Music – Can a Humanist Find True Happiness

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New Faces in Old Democracy

Speaker: Ruben Vazquez, TakeAction Minnesota
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ruben Vazquez is Director of Operations and Organizational Effectiveness at TakeAction MN, a statewide organization focusing on economic, gender, and racial equality for all Minnesotans.

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Mixed Feelings

Speaker: Rev. Jim Foti, Assistant Minister
Sunday, May 29, 2016

As we conclude our month on ambiguity, we explore the challenges of having mixed feelings about one’s nation, something quite a few people are experiencing in this era of significant social and political change.

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The Ambiguity of Youth

Linnea, Lane, Bronia & Sophia
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Every-other-year our senior high youth organize and assembly. Hear the words of four of our 10-12th graders as they reflect on this moment of their lives and what being members of First Unitarian Society means to them.

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The Doubt Within

Rev. Jim Foti, Assistant Minister
Sunday, April 24, 2016

“Cherish your doubts, for doubt is the attendant of truth” is famously good advice. But both doubt and certainty can get in the way of true understanding. How might we find that middle path?

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Easter for Humanists

Rev. Jim Foti, Assistant Minister
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Humans have been using stories to address life’s mysteries for as long as language has been around, and the traditional Easter story is a global best-seller. Join Rev. Jim Foti as we examine the appeal of saviors and salvation and consider what the stories of humanism offer to the world.

With author permission, we are also including a reading, presented before Jim’s message, by Alfred Walking Bull.

Text (PDF): Easter for Humanists
Text (PDF): Reading from Alfred Walking Bull

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Back from the Depths

David Breeden, Senior Minister
Sunday, March 20, 2016

The vernal equinox marks the official passing of winter and onset of spring.  Here in Minnesota in the middle of March we may or may not experience anything resembling a turn of the seasons.  In this talk, David explores how ancient myth shapes the season’s meaning for us today.

Text (PDF): Back from the Depths

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Holy Toledo and Compassion at the Capitol

Rev. Tim Barger and Rev. Kelli Clement
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Guest speaker Rev. Tim Barger with Rev. Kelli Clement in a two-speaker Assembly focusing on compassion in the public sphere. “The Compassion of Holy Toledo” and “Compassion at the Capitol: Advocacy and Social Justice” explores ideas of how Unitarian Universalists working together live out our values through the regional government and the legislative process.

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The Measure of All Things

Rev. Dr. Bruce Johnson, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
Sunday, January 31, 2016

The ancient Greek philosopher, Protagoras, famously declared that “man is the measure of all things.” Around the same time arose the psalmist’s rhetorical question, “what is man that thou art mindful of him?” These two statements — and the tension between them — will serve as the starting point for a reflection on the varied meanings of Humanism.

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I Can Read Your Mind!

Rev. David Breeden, Senior Minister
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Magician Uri Geller claims he can read minds. Magician James Randi claims it’s all a hoax. Some argue that Randi can actually read minds but is pretending he can’t. Mind reading and fortune telling have been around for a very long time. Perhaps it’s not that hard to figure why human beings want to do these things, but what would it mean if we actually could?  The theme of the month is The Mind.

Text (PDF): I Can Read Your Mind

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States of Mind – Part I

Singer-Songwriter Adam Levy
Sunday, January 10, 2016

This assembly featured special musical guest Adam Levy, best known as lead singer of the Honeydogs. Adam shared personal reflections and performed music from his new solo album, which is dedicated to the memory of his son.  Jim Foti also spoke on mental health.

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States of Mind – Part II

Rev. Jim Foti, Assistant Minister
Sunday, January 10, 2016

This assembly featured special musical guest Adam Levy, best known as lead singer of the Honeydogs. Adam shared personal reflections and performed music from his new solo album, which is dedicated to the memory of his son.  Jim Foti also spoke on mental health.

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Are We There Yet?

Rev. Jim Foti, Assistant Minister
Sunday, December 20, 2015

Whether we’re riding in a car, searching for the truth, or waiting to open presents, it can be tempting to focus on the destination instead of the journey. This multigenerational, holiday-themed morning celebrates things that end and things that don’t.

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Home Security Systems

Rev. Kelli Clement, Social Justice Minister
Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH) take time each year to mark a Sabbath time, for reflection and action on our call to address the systems that lead to homelessness. In a harvest season that looks to gratitude and abundance, let us find strength together in the struggle for justice.

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Happy Hour

Rev. Jim Foti, Assistant Minister
Sunday, October 25, 2015

Happiness seems less about the freedom of its pursuit than a compulsory way of being. Can we make sense of a culture that is very confused about happiness?

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Life, Liberty, and . . . What?

Rev. David Breeden, Senior Minister
Sunday, October 11, 2015

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson claims that the “pursuit of happiness” is one of three inalienable rights. What did Jefferson mean by that? Does government have the duty only to guarantee the pursuit of happiness, or do citizens also have the right to catch it?

Text (PDF):  Pursuit of Happiness

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