First Hour and Assembly Sundays

Upper Assembly Talks, 10:30 Sunday

First Unitarian Society offers feature provocative and stimulating speakers throughout the summer who are engaged in important community issues and contemporary ideas.

July 2: FUS Ministerial Intern Jane Smith. “Life, Liberty and Happiness – For All?” Today we recognize Independence Day by examining the rights proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence.

July 9: “Speaking to the Frailty of Human Arrogance” with Mikki Morrissette, FUS member and professional writer. Music will be provided by Jenny and Deacon Warner. “Consciousness is not something that happens in us. It is something we do.” — Alva Noe

July 16: “In Pursuit of Place” with RE director Charles Krysinski. Music by the UU Gospel Twins
July 23: “Following the Heart-Shaped Path” with Kevin Jagoe, FUS Member and Ministerial Intern at First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn Heights, NY
July 30: “Religious Naturalism and Humanism” with Dr. Demian Wheeler, Professor at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
August 6: Lammas with Seasonal Celebrations
August 13: Chris Stedman, new Executive Director of the Humanist Center of MN 
August 20: Liz Loeb, Associate Director, Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice and Transformation
August 27: TBA
September 3: Rev. David, “What Just Happened?”

“First Hour” (on summer hiatus)

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


Recent 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