- Sunday programs
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- Thursday program
- See Social Justice page for more activities
- See Shared Interest page for social events
- See First Sunday Forum page for special guest speakers
- Beloved Conversations, December through March at FUS. Beloved Conversations is an experiential curriculum around race and racism that helps us create new thought patterns and behaviors for social and spiritual healing. You are invited to join with other FUS member and friends in the next cohort of this nationally acclaimed program. We begin with a retreat on Dec. 8 & 9, then continue with 8 two- hour session on Sunday afternoons: Jan 7, 21, 28, Feb 11, 25, Mar 4, 18, 25. Full participation is critical; we ask that cohort members attend the retreat and at least 7 of the 8 sessions. Space is limited; please contact. for more info, or if you would like to be a part of the 2017-18 group.
Our annual Winter Solstice Celebration will be Thursday, Dec. 21st and Friday, Dec. 22nd, at 6pm.Join us for our annual intergenerational, earth-centered, humanist celebration of the season! Share a festive dinner with family and friends and our unique Midwinter Revels program, including music and poetry, a modern version of a traditional Mummers’ Play, dancing, and Yule Fire Ring! For more information, visit our webpage here. Purchase tickets at FUS after Sunday Assemblies in December. Tickets are also available at EventBrite.com. Search “Winter Solstice Celebration.”
- December 10, Second Sunday Science, 9:15 am. The book for November and December is “The Universe Within” by Neil Shubin (2013). This month discussing chapters 6-10. For more info, .
December 10, Noon. White Supremacy and The Doctrine of Discovery video and discussion. The Doctrine of Discovery — the idea that Europeans had a religiously-based right to conquer other peoples — has had a huge impact on our world. Join us for a short explanatory video and a discussion of how this doctrine has shaped our attitudes about race. We’ll also learn details of how FUS will be working on Dec. 26 with the Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride, which promotes reconciliation between American Indians and non-Native people and honors the Dakota tribal members executed en masse in Minnesota in 1862.
- Talk of the Talk, Sunday, Dec. 17, noon-1:00 pm, Skyline Room. Do our Sunday talks get you thinking? Raise philosophical or theological questions? Remind you of experiences from your own life? Join Rev. David for a post-assembly discussion of the day’s Assembly talk.
- “The Big Read,” Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6:45-9:15 pm. This year’s “Big Read” is The Design of Everyday Things, 2013 edition, by Don Norman. We’ll be using online talks and podcasts to inform our monthly discussions. For December, please read Chapter 4.
- Tuesday, December 12, 7-8:30 pm: Exploring Religious Naturalism group. With knowable reality as its foundation, religious naturalism can be an excellent framework for humanists. New participants are welcome as we build on last month’s excellent discussion. Join us for learning and reflection, and develop a greater understanding of your own theological orientation. With Rev. Kelli Clement and Rev. Jim Foti; contact for optional readings.
- Thursday, December 14, 1-2:30 pm. Weekday Wisdom with Rev. Dr. David Breeden. Join our Senior Minister for this new monthly gathering, which will explore humanism and other theological and philosophical topics in a discussion format. Open to all.
HISTORICAL: Dietrich 100 Address-of-the-Month Discussion
To mark the 100-year anniversary of Rev. John Dietrich’s arrival at FUS, we looked in-depth at one of his addresses. The topics we examined follows.
- April 16: “What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual?” led by Frank Hanson.
- March 19: “Can the God-Idea Be Saved?” (12/14/30) led by Frank Hanson.
- February 19: “How the Gods Were Made,” (4/18/1926) led by Martha Hardesty.
- January 15: “Thoughts on God,” (1950s manuscript) led by Nick Rowse and Mikki Morrissette. Read a column Mikki wrote about Dietrich’s thoughts here.
- December 18: “What and Why is Christmas?” (1924), led by Phil Duran
- November 20: “What if the World Went Humanist?,” led by Adele Hansen.