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The exterior of the building with the words First Unitarian Society attached to warm-colored brick. Coneflowers and other flora color the foreground.

The First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis has a unique history. While affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of congregations, its origins were not churchy. Instead, it grew out of a circle of free thinkers who saw the value of a congregational structure.

Meet our ministers

Rev. Dr. David Breeden, Senior Minister
Rev. Kelli Clement, Assistant Minister

Board of trustees

The Society elects nine of its members as its governing body. They are entrusted with decisions to ensure that its purposes are fulfilled and that it continues to thrive as a healthy organization.


The Foundation of First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis was established in 1992 by visionary leaders who understood the importance of creating a source of continuing support for the work of our unique humanist institution.


About First Unitarian Society

In the 1870s, the Minneapolis chapter of the National Liberal League began meeting to discuss the ideas of geologist Charles Lyell and naturalist Charles Darwin.

About John Dietrich

Dietrich was an early leader and visionary of the congregational Humanist movement in the United States in the early 20th century. Called to FUS in 1916, he was encouraged to shape a less theistic view of Sunday community.