First Hour and Assembly Sundays

Upper Assembly Talks, 10:30 Sunday

September 17 — “If These Walls Could Talk” with Rev. Jim Foti and special musical guest Peter Mayer! Social Hour: Take a building tour and enjoy food along the way. Kids will go on a scavenger hunt! Looking Ahead with Senior Minister Rev. Dr. David Breeden, Upper Assembly Hall: As part of our renovation celebration, Rev. David will offer his thoughts on the new program year and answer questions from members. Stop in for a look into the future!

September 24 — Fall Equinox Celebration with the FUS Seasonal Celebrations team and “Balance in an Unbalanced Age” with Rev. Dr. David Breeden. Join us for this celebration of all things autumnal! We will usher in the fall season with pageantry, including our traditional kids’ procession, poetry, and music by the FUS house band, The Eclectics.  In gratitude for the abundance of harvest time, and in recognizing the attacks on Minnesota’s Muslim community, we will collect non-perishable food items for the food shelf at the Masjid An-Nur mosque (please, no pork products).

Rev. David Breeden’s talk will invite us to consider the coming darkness that teaches us cosmic balance-dark/light; death/birth; despair/hope; loss/gain; scarcity/plenty. Following the program, a festive fall luncheon will be served in the Lower Assembly Hall.  Suggested donation — $8/adult, $4/youth; $20/family.

“First Hour”

A “First Hour” event is offered first Sundays from September through May at 9:30am in the Dietrich Room.

September 17  — Social Justice Roundtable with Rev. Kelli Clement (see listing in right-hand column)
September 24  — “What is Food Justice?” with Ladonna Sanders-Redmond.
Many communities throughout the nation have suffered from lack of healthy food choices. This is due to a lack of supermarkets, poverty levels and local convenience stores not carrying fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods. But communities greatly benefit from healthy food choices. LadonnaRedmond has been a leader in the “food justice” movement, and has helped her communities in Chicago and Minneapolis gain greater access to foods that will allow people to live better lives. She will share her journey.
LaDonna Sanders-Redmond is the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Seward Cooperative. She is a former staff member at the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy. She received the Food Hero award from the foodtank, a think tank on food issues.


Past programs have included:

  • “Journalism: Fact and Fiction Colliding” featuring Kim Ode, Staff Writer at the Star Tribune (aka, “Enemy of the People?”).
  • “Insist, Resist, Persist.” R.T. Rybak discussed how, when he was mayor, Unitarian Universalists were usually the first group he went to for community engagement. 
  • “Foreign Policy Under the Trump Administration” with Ann Wright, retired diplomat and Colonel in the U.S. Army.
  • “How to Sue the President in 3 Easy Steps.” Hear the story of an Iranian couple who got caught in the chaos of the travel ban and their legal fight to be reunited in Minnesota.
  • “Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System in the News” with MPR Reporter Brandt Williams
  • “Together We Can Make it Okay” with Bruce Ario from NAMI Minnesota and the FUS Mental Health Awareness Team

First Hour programs and Sunday talks also are listed with other activities at the Society at