Podcasts

Help, Thanks, Wow: 3 Essential Utterances

Speaker: Rev. Kelli Clement, Assistant Minister
Sunday, November 27, 2016

In her book “Help, Thanks, Wow” writer Anne Lamott says these three essential prayers are all that is needed for a rich prayer life. How can and do humanists use these three essential utterances? FUS members and friends Amanda Harrington, Ruben Vasquez, and Greg Giles will share some thoughts about their own experiences.

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Love Beyond the Veil

Speaker:  Rev. Kelli Clement, Assistant Minister

Sunday, October 30, 2016

In this time of harvest and the old pagan holiday of Samhain, it is said that the veil is thin between the worlds. What history follows from life to life, and what does it mean to create a legacy of love?

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Dietrich 100 – The Future of Humanism Panel

Speakers: Dr. Anthony Pinn, Professor of Religious Studies, Rice University, Houston, TX; Dr. William D. Hart, Professor of Religious Studies and Dr. Sonita Sarker, Professor Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Macalester College, Minneapolis, MN; Dr. Philip Zuckerman, Professor of Sociology, Pitzer College, Claremount, CA, and Chris Steadman, Humanist Chaplain, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

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On Being a Humanist When Black Lives Don’t Matter

Anthony Pinn
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Drawing from both personal and professional insights, special guest Anthony Pinn explores the relationship between humanism and social justice. He uses the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the Civil Rights movement to discuss the nature and meaning of black bodies in public space–how those bodies are seen, discussed and addressed. Dr. Pinn also explores the potential impact of humanism on issues of racial justice.

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March to Change and Heal from the Inside Out

Speaker: Rev. Kelli Clement, Assistant Minister
Sunday, September 18, 2016

MARCHing Forward: The Multifaith Anti-Racism Change & Healing Solidarity Network calls us to slow down the urge to reconcile and carefully move through a process of discovery, atonement, and repair before we get to reconciliation. We will do this through the practices of encounter, education, advocacy, organization, envisioning, and proclamation. And we have companions on the journey.

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Change–It’s Too Difficult to Stay the Same

Speaker: Rev. David Breeden, Senior Minister
Sunday, September 4, 2016

“Change.” The seasons change. Life changes. Even old reliable buildings change. Transmute. Transform. Mutate. Amend. Modify. Makes you think.  We regret that no podcast is available for this talk. However, a PDF File is available.

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Living in the Layers

Speaker: Rev. Julianne Lepp
Sunday, July 31, 2016

The poet, Stanley Kunitz, reminds us that our histories, personal and
communal are composed of story, fact, and recollection. These bits of
personal archeology can provide the clues to our life. Sometimes we need to
reassemble those pieces, and others we need to leave them merely as litter
in our past. We work towards wholeness by having the courage to revisit and
embrace all the layers of our lives, denying none of them.

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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.

Text (PDF): On Visibility and Fragmentation

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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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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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