Podcasts

The Ambiguity of Youth

Linnea, Lane, Bronia & Sophia

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?

Text (PDF): The Doubt Within

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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?

Text (PDF): Happy Hour

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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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Changing the Story

Jim Foti, Assistant Minister
Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hope isn’t always easy to find; sometimes you really have to look. As we conclude our month on the theme of hope, Assistant Minister Jim Foti explores the ways that individuals and our institutions can shape the narratives of the human experience.

Text (PDF): Changing The Story

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That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles

Rev. David Breeden, Senior Minister
Sunday, August 30, 2015

How do we cope with what life dishes out? This is the realm of philosophy and religion, the purview of both reason and superstition. Novelist James Baldwin perhaps best sums up the challenge: “confronting with passion the conundrum of life.”

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Defending Somali Community Members

John Lundquist and Saynab Hussein
Sunday, June 28, 2015

FUS member and trail lawyer John Lundquist discusses his pro bono work defending members of the twin cities Somali community in recent federal terrorism investigations and introduces Saynab Hussein, one of the defendants, to tell her story.

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Whaddya Mean “We”?

Rev. Kelli Clement, Social Justice Minister
Sunday, June 21, 2015

Justice movements require leaders and followers, boldness and humility. It’s both doing and being, or to quite seriously quote Frank Sinatra, do be do be do.

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