Podcasts

Creativity and Dreams

Speaker: Rev. David Breeden, Senior Minister
Sunday, April 2, 2017

“Creativity and Dreams.” The first part of a three part series considering creativity and life. “Dream.” It can mean those images and sensations we experience in sleep; it can mean that act of contemplating the possibility of something. Much of human creativity has arisen from one or the other of those.

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Insist, Resist, Persist

Speaker: R.T. Ryback, Former Minneapolis Mayor
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Unitarians were almost always the first group he went to for community engagement as mayor; we need that engagement even more now.  R.T. Rybak is the President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation.  Previously, Rybak served as executive director of Generation Next and mayor of Minneapolis. He is also the author of “Pothole Confidential,” a memoir about his 12 years as mayor of Minneapolis.

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A Crocus Heart

Speaker: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Associate Minister White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church
Sunday, March 12, 2017

As we turn toward spring, and the resiliency of life surrounds us in the natural world, how might we find within ourselves a heart like a crocus: courageous enough to break forth through the frost before it is popular? Let us turn toward spring by finding our crocus heart.

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Forum: What the 2016 Elections Really Meant (and why you should care)

Professor David Schulz
Sunday, February 05, 2017

What can we learn about the 2016 elections? This presentation examines who won and why, and assesses what the results mean for the future of the United States, Minnesota, and the two major parties.

Dr. Schultz is one our state’s most prominent political scientists and will offer his insight into a truly unique election year. He is the author of more than 30 books and 100 articles on various aspects of politics and law.

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Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System in the News

Speaker: Brandt Williams, MPR Senior Reporter
Sunday, January 9, 2017

Brandt Williams has spent a fair amount of his career covering the controversial mix of cops, courts, crime, and color.  At this monthly forum, he spoke on what he has found out while covering fatal police shootings, traffic stop disparities and the impact of gun violence in parts of the city. A senior reporter at Minnesota Public Radio, he has covered the city of Minneapolis for nearly 25 years. Before coming to MPR in 2000, Brandt was the executive editor of Insight News, the state’s largest African American-owned newspaper.

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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.

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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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