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What do we believe?

A humanist worldview is at the center of what we do. This means we trust in human agency and take 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. 

We are covenantal rather than creedal: it’s more important how we behave with each other and in the world than what we say we believe. We ask ourselves to think critically, value reason, live harmoniously, and love and serve one another and the world.

Where did we come from?

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. Under the ministry of John Dietrich, who served 1916 to 1938, we became the birthplace of what we now call congregational humanism. You didn’t stop by this site to read long theological discourses, but you can get a feel for the legacies from which we grew on these pages:

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You betcha! We invite everyone who has been vaccinated to come on by. We require masks and practice social distancing. All our staff are vaccinated, most with a booster.

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Rev. David Breeden, Senior Minister

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