FAQs

What do you believe?

A humanist worldview is at the center of what we do. This means we have a belief in human agency and responsibility for what happens in the world, and we’re constantly exploring new perspectives from a variety of religious and philosophical traditions. A majority of our congregants are atheist or agnostic. There are no creedal requirements, but we do ask ourselves to think critically, value reason, live harmoniously, and love and serve one another and the world.

What are Sundays like?

The centerpiece of our shared life is our Sunday assembly, which takes place at 10:30 a.m. During our hour together, we hear an enlightening talk by a minister or guest speaker, listen to and participate in music from a variety of traditions, laugh together, and explore what it means to be human. Afterward, we gather for conversation and a home-cooked light lunch. Most of the year, we offer programs before and after assembly. These range from theology discussions to social justice workshops to mindfulness practice. We also offer learning, justice, and social events at other times.

What should I wear?

Our members and friends dress in a manner that is casual and comfortable for them. Business casual is the most common, but feel free to wear anything from blue jeans to ball gowns.

What about children?

We have childcare for babies through preschoolers, and religious education classes for kindergarten through senior high school youth that are held during the Assembly. You are also welcome to bring your infant to Assembly.

Where did you come from?

The First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis was founded in 1881 as a liberal religious community. Under the ministry of Rev. John Dietrich (served 1916-1938), First Unitarian became a leading light for religious humanism (today, we feel that “congregational humanism” is a more apt term). Dietrich was a signer of the first Humanist Manifesto in 1933. Subsequent ministries have continued this tradition. The Society maintains close ties to other humanist bodies such as the American Humanist Association,  Ethical Culture Society, the Society for Humanistic Judaism as well as the Unitarian Universalist Association. You may read more about our history at this Wikipedia page.

Who could I talk to?

We’ll do our best to identify you as a visitor. Some visitors are hungry to talk while others want to be left alone (this is Minnesota).

  • Greeters are on duty before the Assembly both at the Mt. Curve and the Groveland Terrace entrances, but the entire congregation is on the “welcome team” so just ask.
  • Afterwards you are welcome to join us downstairs for coffee, cookies and a mini-meal.
  • Stop by the Welcome Table in the social hall to inquire about the Society and upcoming events and programs.
  • Members of the program staff are available until noon most Sundays and would be glad to visit with you.

What about parking?

Ours is an urban neighborhood but we have convenient arrangements with the Walker Art Center parking garage across Groveland Avenue. On-street parking is most available to the south and west of the Society.