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Seasonal celebrations

At First Unitarian Society we celebrate the cycle of the seasons:  the spring equinox, the summer solstice, the autumnal equinox, the winter solstice.  Seasonal celebrations are ancient cultural phenomena that help define a community and shape our lives as individuals. They reflect our understanding of the world and through them we affirm our values and bring meaning to our lives.

We celebrate the changing seasons through inter-generational, participatory events incorporating music, poetry, theatrics, dance, reflection, food, and festivity. Various traditions from our agrarian past are re-cast to create holiday celebrations with modern sensibilities.

Team members plan, recruit others, and participate in all aspects of each seasonal event. First Unitarian Society attendees can join the Seasonal Celebrations Team with our monthly meetings. People can attend regularly to aid in planning events or volunteer sporadically as they are able for one particular event to help behind the scenes or participate as a performer.  Whether a regular part of the Team or a sporadic volunteer, First Unitarian Society attendees contribute their skills to help with one or more aspects of the festivities (e.g. food, costumes, promo, music, reader, etc.). The Seasonal Celebrations Team is a fun and meaningful way to be engaged with the First Unitarian Society.


  • 2022 Winter Solstice Celebrations & Ticket Info

    We look forward to celebrating the Winter Solstice together!  This year, the FUS Seasonal Celebrations Team has planned two slightly different events.  Come for one event… or come for both! Saturday, December 17 at 6pm: *Sparkling cider will be provided.  Bring your own wine or beer if desired. Here is the dinner menu for the… Read More »2022 Winter Solstice Celebrations & Ticket Info

  • Winter Solstice – Let the Darkness Invite You

    The harvest is in; the stiff, cold winds heralding winter’s approach have scraped the land and trees bare.  At our middle latitudes, the sun sinks ever earlier as the darkness consumes more of our waking hours.  As we clean gutters, rake up the remaining autumnal detritus in our yards, dig out heavy coats, and hunt… Read More »Winter Solstice – Let the Darkness Invite You

  • Fall Equinox Food Drive

    Our Fall Food Drive tradition returns in 2022!  Please bring non-perishable food items for a collection at our Fall Equinox Celebration Sunday, September 18th.   The food will go to Masjid An-Nur, a mosque in North Minneapolis, so no pork products, please!  Suggestions for appropriate foods to donate are provided here:


Dates for the spring equinox, the summer solstice, the autumnal equinox, the winter solstice, and Lammas change yearly.

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