Shared Interest Groups

First Unitarian offers numerous small group opportunities

Scheduled in February 2017

SPECIAL OUTING: Saturday, February 4, 3:00 – 7:00 pm
An intergenerational pick-me-up for the winter blues! Join us from 3-5:00pm in the community room at Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield for family-friendly activities inside and out: a guided nature walk, photo scavenger hunt, storytelling, seasonal crafts and hot chocolate around the fireplace. Then gather back at FUS for a Chili and Mac & Cheese Supper at 5:30 pm with seasonal music, lore and more fun! To RSVP and/or volunteer to help, please contact the . Note: this event replaces the monthly FUS Game Night, which returns on March 4.

Young Adult Group (18-35) 

  • Young Adult Game Night, Friday, Feb. 10, 7-8:30 pm in the Senior High Room. Come hang out with other young adults as we play Apples to Apples and chow down! Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring snacks or desserts to share!
  • Young Adult Sunday Outing Brunch at Eli’s, February 19, 12-2:00 pm, 1225 Hennepin Avenue. Join other Young Adults as we enjoy brunch at a downtown restaurant! We’ll meet in the Mount Curve entrance of FUS at noon and walk over together.
  • For more info about FUS young adult programming or to request childcare in advance, please contact Ministerial Intern .

Men’s Support Groups
Sunday, Feb. 12, noon-1:00 pm in the Sir Isaac Newton Room. 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 and will meet 1-2 times per month. Can’t make it Feb. 12? Contact  to get on the email list.           

Dementia Caregivers Support Group
Third Tuesdays (February 21), 10:30-11:30 am, Senior High Room

Women’s Awareness Group
Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30 pm at the home of Adele HansenSue Mansfield is the cohost. We will gather for a potluck supper, followed by check-ins and a discussion of “Getting By in Tough Times.” FUS women are invited to join us. Please contact Adele or Sue to RSVP.

GPS: Navigating through life together.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 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, February 8 & 22, 2-3:30 pm, Library. Bring your knitting project and enjoy the conversation! For more information, please .

The groups listed below currently meet regularly. They are organized and led by members of the congregation. Others may be formed when there is interest. Community is formed when people come together and share of their ideas, knowledge and passions.

Active Groups Include:

Circle Suppers

Circle Suppers provide an opportunity for members to socialize in small-group settings for dinner and conversation. Each fall, members and friends register to participate and are organized into rotating groups for four monthly Circle Suppers beginning in January. Generally, the dinner is held at the home of the host. The evening’s host serves the entree and guests provide the rest of the meal. Circle Suppers are a chance to meet new friends through an evening of conversation and fun.

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Women’s Awareness Group

The original volunteer group explores literature, art, film, ideas and current issues important to us as women. Women of all ages, interests and occupations, who enjoy stimulating discussions and shared insights are invited. We appreciate the confidentiality maintained by this welcoming group, which gives us freedom to discuss ideas and concerns. Laughter and food are abundant.

Meets: 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 PM for pot luck. Rotates to member’s houses. is your contact.

Movies and Conversation

A monthly group that will usually meet the last Friday of the month (unless otherwise noted). 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 .

Gal Pal Support (GPS)

Gal Pal Support (GPS) is a group of people who identify as women, and who come together to laugh, share, and commiserate together as we navigate through life. Members take turns (co)-hosting and the topic is announced ahead of time.

Meetings are held at either the Society or a member’s home on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Contact Molly Illes at 612-227-8864 or by for more information and to be added to our email list and/or facebook group.


All knitters, experienced and ‘wannabees,’  are invited to share in ideas and engage in lively conversation. Bring your current project. We meet 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30 pm in the library. Contact: Jean Christiansen or

Finding Your Passion through Crafts and Hobbies

Bring your own craft project and enjoy the conversation.

Meets: 2nd and 4th Fridays, 7:00-9:00pm at the Society. is your contact.

Food for Thought

How we eat, how we obtain and prepare the good we eat, what we eat, and what we don’t eat can reveal much about our values and the values of different cultures and countries. The book, Hungry Planet; What the World Eats, by Menzel and D’Alusia, inspires our exploration. Each meeting the group will prepare and eat a typical meal from a different country to explore what the meal reveals about the country’s culture, health, values, and the ever-increasing impact of globalization. Group members select countries. Reading from Hungry Planet and other sources is encouraged. is the contact.

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!