First Hour and Assembly Sundays

Upper Assembly Talks, 10:30 Sunday

  • January 7  “The Resilience Toolbox” with Rev. Jim Foti
  • January 14  “Getting By or Getting Back Up” with Rev. Dr. David Breeden
  • January 21  “Why Do We Do What We Do?” with Rev. Dr. David Breeden
  • January 28  “From Torda to the Twin Cities: 450 years of Religious Toleration in 20 Minutes or Less” with Rev. Kelli Clement

“First Hour”

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

Sundays at 9:30 am at FUS, Lower Assembly Hall
  • January 7  The Page Education Foundation – Making Dreams Come True – with Justice Alan Page. The Page Education Foundation’s mission is to encourage Minnesota’s youth of color to pursue post-secondary education by providing financial support in the form of Page Grants to students of color. In return the Page Scholars help develop positive attitudes among youth and serve as tutors and mentors in their community. Since 1988 more than 6750 Page Grants have been given out of over $14 million. Come and learn about this important program that Justice Page and his wife Diane have created.
  • January 14  Mindfulness with FUS members Rebecca Chesin and Mirza Baig
  • January 21  Social Justice Roundtable with Rev. Kelli Clement 
  • January 28  Introduction to Restorative Justice with Donna L. Minter, PhD, Licensed Psychologist. Since the 1970’s Restorative Justice has been utilized as an alternative to the traditional retributive approach within the USA’s criminal justice system. This introductory presentation will share Restorative Justice philosophy, principles, and practices, the differences between Restorative Justice and other types of justice, and provide opportunity for discussion and Q&A.

Past programs have included:

  • “Hot Dish Politics” with MinnPost political reporter Briana Bierschback. What it’s like to cover Minnesota’s specific style of politics, how the political landscape is changing and what big events are on the horizon.
  • “What is Food Justice?” with Ladonna Redmond,  Diversity & Community Engagement Manager at Seward Co-op.
  • “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