Adult Education



  • Our assembly theme for April is Play.
  • Save the Date: Sunday, May 6, noon-1:00 pm at FUS: Crusade for Forgotten Souls Presentation. From the author of “The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946-1954,” come hear the stirring story of the reform movement that laid the groundwork for a modern mental health system in Minnesota. Susan Bartlett Foote is professor emerita in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, where she was head of the Division of Health Policy and Management from 1999 to 2005. She is author of Managing the Medical Arms Race: Innovation and Public Policy in the Medical Device Industry.


  • Second Sunday Science, April 8 at 9:15 am, Dietrich Room. Our April and May read will be The Ground Beneath Us by Paul Bogard. Please read pages 1-134 in advance, then join us for lively conversation. For more info, .
  • FUS University presents “World Religions and Humanism: Buddhism,” Sunday, April 8, 9:30-10:15 am in the Chalice Room.
    Humanistic values can be found across the world’s religions. Join Rev. Dr. David Breeden for the latest class in this series, which looks at the basics of large religious movements such as Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism and explores how humanist thinking intersects with each.
    • FUS University presents “Exploring the Gospels,” Sunday, April 8, noon-1:00 pm in the Dietrich Room. Join Ministerial
    Intern Jane Smith as we delve into the Gospels. These four ancient texts about a man with a life-affirming message show parallels and striking differences between them. We’ll take a detailed look at specific parables to explore the meaning behind the words.
    • Justice for #EachGeneration, a UU Ministry for Earth and UU Young Adults for Climate Justice Campaign: Sunday, April 22, Earth Day, noon- 1:00 pm in the Dietrich Room. Hear from Director of Religious Education, Laura Carpenter, Youth Director, Gabe Palmquist and FUS Youth. This is a calling for solidarity with the 21 youth that have filed a constitutional lawsuit against the United States president and federal government for failure to meaningfully address climate change.  for more information.
    • Learning from “Lemonade,” Sunday, April 29, noon-1:00 pm, Dietrich Room. Whether you’re a big Beyoncé fan or only vaguely aware of her music, you’re invited to this workshop based on her groundbreaking 2017 album, “Lemonade.” We’ll view video excerpts and explore the intersectional oppressions of the black woman’s experience, feminism, white supremacy, our own identities, and anti-racism actions. Facilitated by Ministerial Intern Jane Smith and Religious Education Director Laura Carpenter.


  • Religious Naturalism Group, Tuesday, April 10,  7:00-8:30pm in the Circle Room. With knowable reality as its foundation, religious naturalism can be an excellent framework for humanists. Join this growing group for learning, reflection, and insightful discussion, and develop a greater understanding of your own theological orientation. Led by Rev. Kelli Clement. If you would like a few readings for background, contact .
  • “The Big Read,” Tuesday, Apr. 10, 7:00-9:00 pm in the FUS Library. 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 this month, please read Chapter 7. To ask questions or receive updates, please .


  • Weekday Wisdom with Rev. Dr. David Breeden, Thursday, April 19, 1:00-2:30 pm in the Library.
    Join our Senior Minister for this monthly gathering, which explores 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.

For our historical “Humanist Pulpit” blog, click here.