Shared Interest Groups

First Unitarian offers numerous small group opportunities

Special for April 2017

Fri. April 21- Sun. April 23, Koinonia Retreat Center, South Haven, MN

UU women are invited to attend the annual retreat of the First Universalist Women. The theme is “We Rise” with Rev. Ashley Horan as the keynote speaker on Saturday morning. Rev. Horan is the Executive Director of MUUSJA, the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance.

Enjoy workshops. a crafts room, poetry, knitting, nature walks, a singalong, morning meditation, yoga and much more. Spend time with others and activities or enjoy time to yourself in the lovely woods and lake surrounding Koinonia Retreat Center, about 80 minutes NW of Minneapolis. Registration is $225 for the weekend. Saturday only registration is $80. Carpools can be arranged.

A link to online registration is available at Brown Paper Tickets. For more info, email of the planning team.

Young Adult Group (18-35)
For more info about FUS young adult programming or to request childcare in advance, please contact Ministerial Intern .

  • April 14 — Game Night, 7-8:30 pm, Senior High Room. Come hang out with other young adults as we play a board game and chow down! Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring snacks or desserts to share.
  • April 23 — Mini golf! 12-2pm, Putt’er There. $6/full round pp. We’ll meet in the Mount Curve entrance of FUS at noon and carpool over together.

Men’s Support Groups
Our committed circles of support for male-identified FUS members and friends are off to a great start and are welcoming new participants. Come to a space where men can talk about what’s really going on for them. These groups are being coordinated by FUS member Dave Leussler. Contact  to get on the email list.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group
Third Tuesdays (April 18), 10:30-11:30 am, Senior High Room

Women’s Awareness Group
Monday, April 10, 6:30pm at the home of Marlene SlettehaughCarol Koepp is the cohost. We will gather for a potluck supper, followed by check-ins and a discussion as “Super Agers” — lifelong learners who remain vital and cognitively resilient through old age. So the question is, “What are you still learning about?”

GPS: Navigating through life together.
Wednesday, April 12, 7-8:30 pm in the Dietrich Room. The purpose of GPS is to create a safe space to have meaningful conversations, share and learn from each other, and to develop deeper relationships within the FUS community. The group is free and open to all who identify as women. Please email  for more info.

Knitting Group
Second & Fourth Wednesdays, April 12 and 26, 2-3:30 pm, Library. Bring your knitting project and enjoy the conversation! For more information, please .

Movies and Conversation
Last Friday of the month. Join fellow members and friends for a movie during the late afternoon and then a discussion of the movie and current events at a nearby restaurant. Typically we choose a movie playing at a Landmark theater (Uptown, Lagoon or Edina). This is an excellent opportunity to socialize with FUS people and view a meaningful film followed by robust conversation. All outings will be will be announced on the Exchange prior to the event. For more information, contact  or .

Monthly Game Night
This family-friendly, intergenerational event takes place at the Society the first Saturday of each month.  We play a range of games such as Machi Koro, Settlers of Catan, Legendary, and many more! This monthly game night is free and open to all ages. Please contact Molly Illes at 612-227-8864 or by for more information or just plan to attend the next game night!

Crafts & Hobbies Group
Bring along your favorite craft and enjoy some treats and fun discussions. Join us every fourth Friday, normally 7:00-9:00pm in the Heritage Room. Please email for more info.

Unitarian Universalist connections

Camp UniStar
Priority registration is open through March 11 for this beautiful Unitarian Universalist camp on a wooded island in northern Minnesota. Click here to learn more about the weekly programs and registration.

UUA General Assembly
New Orleans, June 21-25
Join Rev. David, Rev. Jim, and thousands of UUs from around the world for this annual gathering.Housing registration opens March 1, and rooms go fast. Learn more about GA here.

MidAmerica Regional UU Assembly
Oak Brook, IL, April 28-30
Meet UUs from a 13-state region and attend valuable workshops. Click here to learn more.

Twin Cities Unitarian Universalists of Color
The People of Color Circle at First Universalist Church is reaching out to Twin Cities congregations to foster greater connections among UUs of color. If you are a person of color interested in learning more, please contact .