Podcasts

Generation to Generation–Cooperating with our Past and Future

Speaker: Rev. Kelli Clement, Assistant Minister
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween, Samhain, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, Day of the Dead. Throughout ages and cultures, people of the northern hemisphere have imagined that the autumn turn of the season is a time when the living are close to their dear departed. What if we extend a mythic sense of cooperation with those who came before us, and with those who will follow? What have our past and future generations to teach us about how to live today?

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We Gather Together – A Water Celebration

Speakers: Rev. Jim Foti, Assistant Minister; Rev. Kelli Clement, Assistant Minister; and Rev. Dr. David Breeden, Senior Minister
Sunday, September 10, 2017

We begin our 136th year here at FUS with our traditional community celebration of water brought together from our varied summer experiences. What can water teach us about ourselves, life, and community?

Text (PDF): Reflections by Jim Foti

Text (PDF): Reflections by David

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What Just Happened?

Speaker: Rev. Dr. David Breeden, Senior Minister
Sunday, September 3, 2017

Change is a constant, but sometimes change comes faster than other times. As we prepare to celebrate the opening of our updated building, it’s a good time to reflect on where we’re coming from, where we are, and where we’re going.

Text (PDF): What Just Happened?

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Celebration of Lammas: First Harvest

Speakers: Rev. Dr. David Breeden, Senior Minister; Karl Winthrop and Phil Duran, FUS members
Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer is half over-and many of our forebears paused in these early days of August to celebrate the long awaited first harvest of the year and revel in its abundance. Grains are ready to be harvested and berries and sweet corn are ripe for picking. Everyone is eager to enjoy the luscious fresh produce from our gardens and local markets.

We mark this ancient holiday by contrasting the simple lifestyle of first century philosopher Epicurus and today’s food industrial complex with an eye toward a contemporary humanistic response.

Text (PDF): David Breeden – Epicurus Gratitude  Phil Duran – Lammas Gratitude

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In Pursuit of Place

Speaker: Charles Krysinski, Director of Religious Education
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Places, as peculiar mixtures of gravity, texture, and context, shape our lives in ways both personal and political. What is there to be gained from a sustained reflection on a sense of place? How do the places that we occupy shape our ideas around contemporary identity politics? Charles Krysinski, in this talk, waxes philosophical on the concept of place.

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Speaking to the Frailty of Human Arrogance

Mikki Morrissette, Writer and Member
Sunday, July 9, 2017

Are humans too “smart” for our own good? A look at how our penchant for thinking we are individual entities in a linear structure is underestimating how the universe  works. And why the inability to remember what we KNOW — as affects the speaker’s father with dementia — doesn’t change anything.

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Finding the Language to Meet the Moment

Speaker: Arif Mamdani, Ministerial Intern
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Arif Mamdani, who entered seminary after more than 10 years in the nonprofit sector, building the capacity of community organizing groups around the country. This fall he will be the Hallman Ministerial Intern at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul. Arif serves as Associate Director of the Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice & Social Transformation, serves on the board of the Church of the Larger Fellowship and the Movement Strategy Center, and lives in St. Paul with his wife and children.

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Flower Celebration

Speaker: Jane Smith, Ministerial Intern
Sunday, June 11, 2017

We honor the long held tradition of Flower Celebration by honoring our diversity and the unique contributions we bring. We do this through nature, bringing together flowers from our own lives to share with others.

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Confronting the Narrative of Fear

Panel Discussion: Desiree Kane, Sincere Kirabo, and Ruben Vazquez.  Moderated by Rev. Dr. David Breeden, Senior Minister
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Hear perspectives on our Saturday, May 27 conference examining Humanism and social justice. Participants include Desiree Kane, Indigenous rights activist; Sincere Kirabo, Social Justice Coordinator at the American Humanist Association; and Ruben Vazquez, MPA Hamline University, with a range of experience in non-profits, for-profits, education, and government.

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Journalism: Fact and Fiction Colliding

Speaker: Kim Ode, Star Tribune Journalist
Sunday, May 7, 2017

These are weird times, when belief in a viewpoint renders it a fact, when facts come under suspicion as biased, when balanced reporting becomes both a tool for “false equivalency” as well as a lightning rod for claims of fake news. It’s hard enough being a reporter; imagine being a news consumer. Let’s talk.

Kim Ode joined the Star Tribune in 1985 as a features reporter. Over the years, she’s been Features Editor and general interest columnist before moving back to general assignment feature writing. She also does the monthly Baking Central feature for the Taste section.

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Extremists for Love

Speaker: Rev. Rev. Kelli Clement, Asst. Minister
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rev. Kelli calls upon us to answer the call of the #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn. Even or especially if the phrase white supremacy is triggering for you, let’s get to work to figure it out together. Featuring text from “Hamilton the Musical.” May include explicit language.

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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.

Text (PDF): Creativity and Dreams

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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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