Podcasts

The Page Education Foundation – Making Dreams Come True

Forum Speaker: Justice Alan Page
Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Page Education Foundation’s mission is to encourage Minnesota’s youth of color to pursue post-secondary education by providing financial support in the form of Page Grants to students of color. In return the Page Scholars help develop positive attitudes among youth and serve as tutors and mentors in their community. Since 1988 more than 6,750 Page Grants have been given out totally $14 million

Alan Page spent 15 years in the NFL with 11 years as a Minnesota Viking. In 1988 he was inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame. He earned a law degree in 1978 and won election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992. He was re-elected several more times before reaching mandatory retirement in 2015.

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Blessings of the Dark

Speaker: Rev. Kelli Clement, Assistant Minister
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mary Grigiola wrote:  The darkness takes courage; the darkness takes time.” Living this far north brings us more hours of dark than much of the world experiences. What gifts does the dark bring us, and what patience do we need to unwrap such gifts?

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Building Bridges, Not Walls

Forum Speaker: Peter Rachleff, Professor of History, Macalester College
Sunday, December 3, 2017

As scholars and pundits have tried to make sense of the November 2016 election, they have focused on the frustration and anger of the white working class. There are deep historical roots to such concerns, but intervention is also possible, leading to other outcomes. The East Side Freedom has been working for three and a half years to build solidarity in St. Paul’s most diverse neighborhood.

Peter Rachleff taught labor, immigration, and African American history at Macalester College for 30 years. In 2014, he and his partner launched the East Side Freedom Library, which is becoming a cultural crossroads and a site of solidarity.

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Practicing Safe Sects – How an Evangelical Theologian Discovered the Pleasures of Atheism

Speaker: Prof. F. LeRon Shults
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

After Dr. Shults explores four key questions, audience questions are answered.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Shults was a student and professor of Christian theology for over 30 years. Before moving to Norway, he taught at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, from 1997 to 2006. Over the years, he published 11 books and over 50 articles attempting to take contemporary science and philosophy seriously and challenge the implicit (and often explicit) racism, classism, and sexism entangled within traditional Christian doctrines and ecclesiastical practices. Then he realized that the problem was theism itself. Now he is a happy atheist. Shults has written several new books and articles on the scientific study of religion and the philosophical joys of godlessness. He is also the director or co-director of four international research projects that utilize computer models and simulations to explore the causes and effects of the widespread human tendency to engage in religious sects.

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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.

PDF version of the talk

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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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