Adult Education



Film: Dakota 38, April 20, 7pm, Library
Come view the 2012 documentary that remembers the 38 Dakota warriors who were hanged in Mankato in 1862, and features a group of Dakota who ride on horseback each December from South Dakota to commemorate the executions. From the filmmaker: This film was created in line with Native healing practices. In honoring this ceremony, we are screening and distributing “Dakota 38” as a gift rather than for sale. This film was inspired by one individual’s dream and is not promoting any organization or affiliated with any political or religious groups. It was simply created to encourage healing and reconciliation.

Dakota 38 Discussion, Sunday, April 23, noon in the Dietrich Room. Come hear Gaby Strong, an enrolled tribal member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate and Mdewakanton Dakota, and one of the organizers of the Dakota 38 Horse Rides, which commemorate the Dakota warriors executed in Mankato in 1862. Gaby and her family have supported a process of reconciliation that has grown to include hundreds of people. Gaby will share her perspectives and experiences and lead a discussion about the important healing work the Ride promotes, for Native and non-Native people. Attendees are encouraged to watch the Dakota 38 film on April 20, but all are welcome to participate in the discussion. Additionally, FUS member Shelley Shreffler will talk about FUS’s involvement with preparing and serving the closing lunch for the Ride each year in Mankato.

Film Screening & Discussion
Monday, April 17 at 7pm, Upper Assembly Hall
The Minnesota premier of “A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy and Meaning in a World Without God,” with filmmaker Chris Johnson. Suggested $10 donation, but don’t let money keep you away.


April 16 — Easter Egg Hunt, 10:45-11:45am
Join us for the annual Easter egg candy hunt! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please .

FUS University — noon, Dietrich Room

  • April 9 — Theology with Charlie: Religion and Political Revolution
    The role of religion in three political revolutions: the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), the Spanish American Wars of Independence (1808-1833), and the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The many ways in which religion accommodates itself to slave revolts, cries for liberty, and fascists, as modernity ricochets around the Atlantic world.
  • April 16 — Talk of the Talk, with Rev. Jim Foti
     Do our Sunday talks get your mind going? Raise philosophical or theological questions? Remind you of stories from your own life? Join Rev. Jim for a quick post-assembly discussion of that day’s talk.
  • April 23 — see Special Events above
  • April 30 — Interpret for Yourself: “The Sermon on the Mount” as Breakthrough Humanism. 

    FUS member Rev. Wendy Jerome is our in-house biblical scholar. Join her for a lively look at some of Christianity’s most famous words and how they relate to the humanism we practice today.

Second Sunday Science

April 9 at 9:15 am, Frank Lloyd Wright Room.
We will discuss the second half of “Black Hole Blues”, by Janna Levin. For more info, contact .

Third Sundays, Dietrich 100 Address-of-the-Month Discussion

Noon, Heritage Room
To mark the 100-year anniversary of Rev. John Dietrich’s arrival at FUS, we are looking in-depth at one of his addresses each month on the third Sunday. Participants will benefit from reading at least an excerpt or full transcript of the talk beforehand. For more from our “Humanist Pulpit” blog, click here. Schedule-to-date:


The Big Read 

Monday, April 10, 7pm — Join us for a discussion of Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Richard Thaller and Cass R. Sunstein. The Guardian described this as “never intimidating, always amusing.”  This month’s focus on Part III.


Anti-Racism Book Group

2nd Thursday evenings, 7-8:30pm, Senior High Room,
and Sunday, April 30, noon.
And now for something completely different, Our last session of this four-part series will explore the comic book superhero Black Panther (#1, #2), given new life and a new story by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze. Marvel fans and fans-in-the-making, all are welcome.