The PSD Annual Conference is a weekend of workshops, worship, and fellowship in April of each year, and its location varies. At the Annual Meeting that takes place during the Annual Conference officers and directors are elected, the budget is approved, resolutions considered, awards granted, and reports presented.

2007 logo

PSD 2007 Annual Conference:

“Nurturing Our Faith Communities”

April 13-15, 2007

City Center Marriott, Downtown Minneapolis, MN

Co-hosted by First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis and the Annual Conference Program Planning Committee

Conference Logo design by Kevin Robertson

pdf 2007 PSD AC Brochure (189 KB)

pdf 2007 PSD AC Flyer (160 KB)

pdf PSD AR2007 (1.17 MB)

Registration and Conference Details

Registration and Information from the Conference Brochure is posted as web pages and as a PDF file. The PDF file also contains registration forms. Here’s the conference schedule, lists of workshops, hotel information, and all the information you need to register, either electronically or by mail.

This announcement is going out this year electronically only. You will not receive it in the mail. Please notify anyone else who might want to know! Feel free to print and copy this flyer for your congregation’s website, newsletter or bulletin board.

Congregations must name their delegates online this year. A password has been sent to each congregation by mail.

Speakers

Keynote Speaker:

Rev. Dr. Laurel E. Hallman, Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas and author of Living by Heart: A Guide to Devotional Practice. She has been instrumental in establishing the UUA’s first ‘fast start’ congregation in Keller, Texas.

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Judy Lecturer:

Dr. William Doherty, Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science. Mr. Doherty holds degrees in philosophy, theology, child development and family relations, and family studies. His interests include democratic community building with families. His writings include Take Back Your Marriage: Sticking Together in a World that Pulls Us Apart and Take Back Your Kids: Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times.

Business Meeting

Check out information on the Business Meeting, to be held Saturday afternoon: agenda, delegate counts, proposed budget, Nominating Committee report.

Join UUs from across eight states!

This year we’re paying special attention to integrating the youth of the district into the annual conference. UUA staff members will be there to meet with youth and adults as part of its “Consultation Ministry to and with Youth.”

You’ll also find timely, practical, and fun activities, including multi-generational workshops on nurturing our faith communities.

In Minneapolis, you will also find:

an integrated youth program, child care celebration, worship, reverence, remembrance handshakes, hugs, social time, choir singing music, food, fun, laughs a banquet, awards, entertainment books, exhibits, gifts the annual business meeting Everyone loves the banner parade. Be a part of it!

Go to http://www.uua.org/ga/program/highlights/banner-parade for easy instructions on creating and displaying your congregation’s banner. Then bring it to Minneapolis! Watch for registration materials in mid-winter. Early registration discounts will apply. For more information, contact Eric Severson.

Social Justice Training

Just before the Annual Conference gets underway, a Social Justice Training workshop will be held, led by Valerie Ackerman (the Judy Lecturer in 2006).

Exhibit Space

Does your organization have a program or activity you would like to promote to the participants at the District Annual Conference? If so, reserve an exhibit space at the conference.

To apply for exhibit space, fill out this application. (This is a PDF file, 40 KB — see About PDF for more information). Mail the application and a check with the application fee to First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis. (The address is on the application.)

Exhibit fee per table:

$30 if person listed on application is registered for the Conference$80 if person listed on application is not registered for the Conference

Fees partially offset the charges by the hotel for the tables.

If the exhibit space is for a PSD committee or activity, you can request reimbursement from your committee’s budget for the expense.

The 44th Annual Meeting of Prairie Star District, UUA, will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2007, from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m., at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 30 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN  55402. The agenda for the meeting includes adoption of the 2007–2008 Prairie Star District budget, the election for the positions shown in the report of the Nominating Committee, and such other matters as may properly come before the meeting.

Business Meeting Links

Delegate Counts A list by congregation of the number of delegates per congregation for 2007. Every affiliated congregation in good standing is entitled to a specific number of delegates who can vote at the meeting. The number of delegates is determined by number of congregation members.

PSD Budget 2007-2010 The proposed budgets will be printed in the Annual Report which will be distributed to all delegates at the Annual Conference.

Nominating Committee Report A list of the candidates for officers, directors, and others to lead Prairie Star District, with biographical information Voting Delegates Congregational Delegates

This year there is a new procedure for accrediting delegates.

The congregation should select its delegates according to its bylaws. An officer or the minister of the congregation must log on to a special section of the PSD Web site using a user name and password to enter the delegates' names before 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 12. The username and password will be sent to ministers and two officers of the congregation by mail with the Official Notice of the business meeting in mid-March. People who will be delegates should also register like other conference participants. (The accreditation process above does not do that; it merely identifies who the voting delegates are.) Delegates who have been accredited on the Web site must also sign in at the Registration desk at the Conference (before 3:15 PM on Saturday, April 14) to show that they are in attendance. They will then be given a sticker for their name badge indicating that they are entitled to vote. There will no longer be paper credentials to carry to the conference.

Each congregation may send as many participants to the conference as desired, but only the delegates accredited on the Web site will be able to vote. All conference participants including delegates should complete a Registration to attend the Annual Conference.

Other Delegates

Fellowshipped settled ministers and ministers emeritus are entitled to be delegates (in addition to the congregational selected delegates). Members of the PSD Board of Directors are also entitled to be delegates.

There will no longer be paper credentials for these delegates. Persons who are delegates by their ministerial or Board member status should sign in at the Conference (before 3:15 PM on Saturday, April 14) to show they are in attendance and will be given a sticker for their name badge indicating they are entitled to vote.

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The following table gives the number of delegates each PSD congregation is entitled to send to the PSD Annual Business Meeting in 2007. The number of delegates depends on the number of members registered with UUA for 2006-2007. The two numerical columns in the table give:

Members: The number of members registered by the congregation with UUA.

Delegates: The number of delegates the congregation may send to the PSD Annual Business Meeting in 2007

City Congregation Members Delegates
Iowa
Ames Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 280 6
Burlington Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 80 3
Cedar Falls Unitarian Universalist Society 121 4
Cedar Rapids The Peoples Church 227 5
Clinton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 20 2
Davenport Unitarian Church 217 5
Decorah NE Iowa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 53 3
Des Moines First Unitarian Church 385 7
Dubuque Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 43 3
Iowa City Unitarian Universalist Society 281 6
Mason City Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 10 2
Okoboji Iowa Lakes UU Fellowship (unaffiliated)
Sioux City First Unitarian Church 77 3
Storm Lake UUs of Storm Lake (unaffiliated)
Kansas
Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship 152 4
Manhattan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 105 3
Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church 303 6
Salina Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 39 3
Topeka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 120 4
Wichita First Unitarian Universalist Church 145 4
Minnesota
Arden Hills Pilgrim House UU Fellowship 82 3
Bemidji Headwaters UU Fellowship 58 3
Bloomington MN Valley UU Fellowship 164 4
Brainerd Northwoods UU Fellowship 13 2
Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (unaffiliated)
Burnsville Dakota Unitarian Universalist Church 36 2
Duluth First Unitarian Church 209 5
Excelsior Lake Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists 32 2
Fridley Michael Servetus Unitarian Society 77 3
Grand Rapids Unitarian Fellowship 27 2
Hanska Nora Unitarian Universalist Church 76 3
Mankato Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 90 3
Minneapolis First Unitarian Society 488 9
Minneapolis First Universalist Church 839 13
Northfield Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 39 3
Rochester First Unitarian Universalist Church 388 7
St. Cloud Spirit of Life Church (unaffiliated)
St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 72 3
St. Paul Groveland UU Fellowship (unaffiliated)
St. Paul Unity Church-Unitarian 841 13
Underwood Unitarian Church 40 3
Virginia Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church 34 2
Wayzata UU Church of Minnetonka 181 4
White Bear White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church 571 10
Willmar Unitarian Church 43 3
Winona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 45 3
Missouri
Kansas City All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church 517 9
Kansas City The Gaia Community 35 2
Osceola UUs of Osceola (unaffiliated)
Warrensburg UUs of Warrensburg (unaffiliated)
Nebraska
Kearney Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 10 not certified
Lincoln Unitarian Church 315 6
Omaha First Unitarian Church 256 5
Omaha Second Unitarian Church 128 4
North Dakota
Bismarck Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 81 3
Dickenson Ocean of Grass UU Fellowship (unaffiliated)
Fargo Unitarian Universalist Church 83 3
Grand Forks Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 26 2
South Dakota
Rapid City Black Hills UU Fellowship 44 3
Sioux Falls All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church 72 3
Vermillion Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 6 2
Wisconsin
Ashland Northwoods UU Fellowship 47 3
Eau Claire Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 162 4
La Crosse Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 87 3
Menomonie Unitarian Society 29 2
Rice Lake Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 47 3
River Falls Unitarian Universalist Society 68 3
 
Totals   9116 238

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Accommodations

Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
Phone: 1-800-228-9290

The Conference will take place at the Marriott City Center which is located in the heart of our downtown’s entertainment district, just a block away from the city’s new light rail service to such destinations as Minnehaha Falls Park, the Mall of America and the airport.

Hotel Reservations

The conference hotel, Marriott City Center, is full except for their most expensive rooms.

Other nearby hotels are

Radisson Plaza Hotel: 612-339-4900
Residence Inn by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown: 612-677-1000
The Marquette: 612-333-4545

Parking

Parking is available at reasonable cost for conference participants in the parking ramp adjacent to the conference hotel.

Registration

Registration is $135 for adults, $50 for youth. Please print or photocopy the Conference registration form for each attendee 12 years old and older. Early bird registration ($120) for adults must be postmarked by March 16, 2007.

Conference registration form (PDF, 34 KB)
Youth registration form (PDF, 41 KB)
To register adults online, visit Prairie Store.

Youth must register by mail (rather than through Prairie Store) because we need a parent’s signature. Each youth registering should mail in both a Conference registration form and a Youth registration form.

Full refunds available until April 1.

Youth Program

All attending youth (ages 12–18) must be sponsored by an adult who is attending the conference. Let your congregation know if you are willing to be a sponsor. Youth will participate in the full Annual Conference and are encouraged to attend the special consultation with the UUA. Youth will provide the Saturday evening worship service. For more information, see Youth.

Meals

Adult registration includes Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the hotel and Sunday breakfast at First Unitarian Society. If you prefer vegetarian meals, or have other dietary needs, please indicate this in advance on your registration form.

Banner Parade

The Banner Parade will be Friday evening, and banners will be exhibited throughout the conference. You are invited and encouraged to bring your congregation’s banner (and pole) for the parade. To learn more about creating a banner, visit http://www.uua.org/ga/program/highlights/banner-parade.

Child Care

Child care will be available at the hotel for children ages 3–11 years. The fee is $40 per child; registration must be received by April 1, 2007.

Sunday Morning

First Unitarian Society welcomes you to experience the combined choirs of First Unitarian and First Universalist Church and our orchestra performing “Sources”, a dynamic musical presentation based on the six sources of our UUA Purposes and Principles. Composed by Jason Shelton, Music Director at the UU Church of Nashville, with lyrics by Kendyl Gibbons, Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Society, this Cantata will have you singing, shouting, and making a joyful noise about the inspiring faith we share.

Choir

The Annual Conference choir is on sabbatical this year, due to the special musical presentation.

Sunday Morning Collection

Help us to nurture justice in the wider community by focusing UU generosity on the American Refugee Committee’s efforts in Darfur. Our Sunday morning collection at the Annual Conference will be for ARC’s efforts in Darfur.

The American Refugee Committee is a Minneapolis-based international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the last 27 years. ARC works with refugee communities in 10 countries around the world, helping people regain control of their lives. The people ARC serves have lost everything to events completely beyond their control. ARC provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection and whatever support they can give to let people begin again.

Currently in Darfur, ARC runs 16 Primary Health Clinics, repairs or builds one wateryard and one new well per month, provides books, classrooms, school kits, and water systems to 8,000 school-age kids, and assists farmers with seeds, tools, training, care of livestock, and development of community gardens.

For more information, please visit http://www.arcrelief.org.

Scholarship Fund

The Prairie Star District Board has authorized the creation of a scholarship fund to subsidize attendance at future Annual Conferences for those who could not otherwise attend. When you register for this year’s conference, you will have the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to this fund. The criteria for awarding of scholarships will be published when funds are available.

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Keynote Speaker

Friday, April 13, 7:45 p.m.

Try A Little Tenderness

Rev. Dr. Laurel E. Hallman Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Texas 

What can we do to create congregations with resilience, vitality and agility as we respond to the challenges of our time? Our keynote speaker, Laurel Hallman, will give us a new lens with which to view our faith communities.

Laurel Hallman has been the Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas for 20 years. She found Unitarian Universalism in St. Paul, Minnesota, at Unity Church–Unitarian in 1965, was called into the ministry from that church, and was ordained there 26 years ago. She says, “It will be good to be home in the Prairie Star District again.”

Judy Lecture

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m.

Home Grown Religion

Dr. Bill Doherty Professor, University of Minnesota, Department of Family Social Science 

Religion is taught, or caught, mostly in the family. How can our faith tradition go more deeply into our homes? How do we create a gravitational pull around Unitarian Universalism so that more of our children feel drawn back when they grow up and form their own families? The answer won’t come in the form of traditional programming. We need a fresh approach.

Bill Doherty holds degrees in philosophy, theology, child development and family relations, and family studies. His interests include democratic community building with families. His writings include Take Back Your Marriage: Sticking Together in a World that Pulls Us Apart and Take Back Your Kids: Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times. He is a member of First Universalist Church, Minneapolis.

Saturday Evening Banquet “Wild Rhubarb”

“Wild Rhubarb” is a cooperative band supported by the Twin Cities Urban Folk School. Members volunteer their time and any proceeds earned go to support folk school operations. Dave Leussler leads the band and calls traditional dances for all ages and abilities. Attending a “Wild Rhubarb” dance is a chance to build community with your fellow participants supported by passionate music and buoyed by powerful traditions. “Wild Rhubarb” is always open to drop in musicians from the group. No experience necessary!

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Slate of Nominees 2007

Officers

President for one year to complete unexpired term ending June 30, 2008
Kathryn Bowman, Unitarian Church, Davenport, Iowa

Vice-President for a two-year term ending June 30, 2009
Rev. Jim Eller, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Kansas City, Missouri

Treasurer for a two-year term ending June 30, 2009
Vickie Trott, Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, Overland Park, Kansas

Directors for three-year term ending June 30, 2010
(two to be elected)

Katy Lowery, White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Mahtomedi, Minnesota
Cheryll Wallace, First Unitarian Church, Omaha, Nebraska

Other Offices

Nominating Committee for two-year term ending June 30, 2009
(one to be elected)

(Rev. Karen Gustafson - name withdrawn)
Rev. Barbara Kellett, in affiliation with First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference for three year term ending June 30, 2010

Chris Greene, Michael Servetus Unitarian Society, Fridley, Minnesota

Submitted by the 2006-07 Nominating Committee:

Andrea Heier (Wayzata, MN), Chair
Fritz Hudson (Lincoln, NE)
Graham Kreicker (Lawrence, KS)
Mark Sanderson (Sioux Falls, SD)
Sara Smalley (Minneapolis, MN: First Universalist)

Biographical Information

President
Kathryn L. Bowman has been a member of the Davenport Unitarian Church since 1976. Prior to assuming a leadership role as board clerk and board president, she served as chair of the social concerns committee and a religious education teacher. She served as interim DRE. She has also served as a trainer for Our Whole Lives (OWL) facilitators in PSD and also an OWL facilitator in her local congregation. She chaired the District Seventh Year Review Task Force. She has served on the PSD Board since 2001 having been Treasurer and Vice-President.
Jim Eller Vice-President
Rev. Jim Eller is a lifelong Unitarian who has served All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Kansas City, MO since 1999 as the senior minister. He has been a UU Minister for over 25 years, serving churches in Peoria, IL, and in Tulsa and Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. He has been the President of the PSD Minister’s Association for the last four years and is on the UU Grants Panel for a Just Society.
Vickie Trott Treasurer
Vickie Trott has been a member of Shawnee Mission UU Church, Overland Park, Kansas for nine years. In that time she has served as Treasurer, Membership Committee Co-Chair, and on the Ministerial Search Committee. She has an MBA and over 30 years experience in accounting and human resources management. She has been a Controller in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Currently, Vickie is self-employed as an accounting and administrative consultant. She is completing her first term as Treasurer.
Katy Lowery Director
Katy Lowery is a member of White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church. She has been vice president, president and past president of the WBUUC board. Because WBUUC has been growing rapidly for several years, Katy has gained experience in embracing and planning for growth. Katy works as the Director of the Annual Fund at Macalester College in St. Paul and holds a BA from Macalester and an MA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Cheryll Wallace Director
Cheryll Wallace is the Lifespan Director of Religious Education at First Unitarian Church in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been in her current position since November of 1995. Cheryll has served on the PSD Committee on Religious Education (CORE) and was chair of that committee. She also served on the PSD Lifespan Program Consultant Search Committee. Cheryll is completing her first term on the PSD Board.
Barbara Kellett Nominating Committee
Rev. Barbara Kellett is a community minister in affiliation with First Universalist Church of Minneapolis. Barbara’s primary ministry is listening to spiritual and life stories as a Spiritual Director. She is a guest preacher in our congregations, and labyrinth teacher and guide in interfaith and secular settings. Barbara founded Stonetree Congregational Resources, a Prairie Star District speaker’s bureau web site. She is the UU Society for Community Ministers' (SCM) representative for PSD community ministers. Barbara is also a candidate for the SCM Board.
Chris Greene Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference
Chris Greene, a member of Michael Servetus Unitarian Society (Fridley, MN), found Unitarian Universalism in 1972. He also has been active in UU churches in Boulder, CO and Belmont, MA. He served on the board in Fridley for many years including four years as president. He has served PSD as Treasurer, Vice President and four years as President. More recently, he has served on various PSD committees including the Nominating Committee and is completing his first term as MUUC representative.

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Online registration is now closed.

Please register at the door. You may print your forms below and fill them out in advance if you like.

pdf Conference Brochure (with Registration Forms) (189 KB)

Registration Options

Adults can register by mail (with a check) or electronically (with a credit card). Adults registering before March 16, 2007 will receive a $15 discount. Registration does not cover hotel reservations: you must make reservations separately. A discounted rate of $99 per night per room for one to four occupants is available at the Marriott. Children under age 18 may stay free with a parent. Rooms must be reserved by March 16, 2007. See General Info for more information.

Delegate accreditation must be done by a congregation officer. This is separate from and in addition to conference registration. The required passwords have been sent by mail. Registration by mail You can use these PDF files to print out registration forms to be mailed with checks. (The forms are also included in the Conference Brochure PDF file above.) The mailing address is on the Conference registration form (and also below).
Conference registration form
Youth permission form
Application for Exhibit Space

Each adult registering by mail must send in a Conference registration form. Each youth registering by mail must send in both the Conference registration form and the Youth permission form.

Registration forms must be accompanied by check made out to:
PSD Conference — FUS.

Mailing address for printed registration forms:

PSD Annual Conference, FUS, 900 Mt. Curve Ave., Minneapolis, MN  55403

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Friday, April 13, 2007

4:00 – 7:00 pm Registration
6:00 – 7:00 pm UU Bookstore and exhibits open
7:00 – 7:45 pm Opening celebration and banner parade
7:45 – 8:45 pm Keynote address
8:45 – 9:15 pm Keynote discussion
9:30 – 10:00 pm Worship service

Saturday, April 14, 2007

7:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast, and table topics
8 am – 7 pm UU Bookstore and exhibits open
9:00 – 10:15 am Judy Lecture
10:30 – 11:45 am Workshop A
12:00 – 1:15 pm Awards luncheon
1:30 – 2:45 pm Workshop B
2:45 – 3:15 pm Refreshments
3:15 – 4:30 pm Workshop C
4:45 – 6:15 pm Business meeting
6:15 – 7:00 pm Social hour, cash bar
7:00 – 9:00 pm Banquet & Dance
9:15 pm Youth-led worship service

Sunday, April 15, 2007

8:30 – 10:00 am Breakfast, and table topics at First Unitarian Society
10:30 am Worship service at First Unitarian Society

Sunday Morning Events

Sunday Breakfast and Worship will be held at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, located downtown just steps from the Walker Art Museum. Shuttle transportation will be available at the hotel beginning at 8:15 a.m. Parking is also available for $1.00 in the Walker Center Parking Ramp. Directions will be given in your registration packets.

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Limited to UUs in Prairie Star District

Social Justice Training for UUs!

Friday, April 13th, 2007

1:00 – 5:00 pm (before Prairie Star District Annual Conference starts Friday evening)

First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
900 Mount Curve (up the hill from the Walker Art Center)
http://www.firstunitariansociety.org

$35 per person

Strengthening UU Justice-making: Linking community service & social change, and deepening UU leadership

Trainer: Rev. Valerie Ackerman

Valerie AckermanValerie Ackerman

Whether members of your congregation are active in service work in the larger community, or doing social change organizing and policy work – or both! – this training is for you. Join UUs from across Prairie Star District in learning about connections between community service and social change work; deepen your understanding of the role of reflection in finding our UU moral voice; and look at ways UU leadership can be strengthened for more effective social justice partnerships and outcomes.

Trainer: as a UU community minister, Rev. Valerie Mapstone Ackerman provides spiritual support to domestic violence victims, directs Peace House–Tulsa, organizes the Oklahoma Rural Freethinkers, serves as president of Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and consults with congregations and social change groups. She has been a parish minister, social worker, adjunct professor, politician, therapist, counselor, and life-long dissident and heretic.

This training is co-sponsored by Prairie Star District Social Justice Network, Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance, and First Unitarian Society Social Action Committee.

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First Unitarian Society of MinneapolisSunday services will be held at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, which has a rich history in our movement. Welcome to the Twin Cities!

The First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis welcomes you to our community! We hope you will plan to extend your stay by a day or two, to see some of the new and exciting things to do in our beautiful area.

While you’re in the Twin Cities, you can enjoy:

An Easy Walk to:
The Hennepin Avenue Theater District, featuring Broadway and other productions in the historic Orpheum and State theaters
Orchestra Hall, where the Minnesota Orchestra performs under the award-winning baton of Osmo Vänskä
The Block E entertainment complex, with movie theaters, shopping and dining
Shopping and dining on Nicollet Mall
The Hiawatha Line light-rail, with service to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, beautiful Minnehaha Falls Park, historic Fort Snelling, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, and the Mall of America

A Longer Walk to:
The new Guthrie Theater on the river, home to Minnesota’s most famous repertory theater company
The historic Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Falls, and Mill City Museum, symbols of Minneapolis’s mill town history
The newly renovated Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, just next door to First Unitarian Society

A Short Drive to:
Downtown St. Paul, home to the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Minnesota History Center, the Ordway Center for Performing Arts (home of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra) and Minnesota’s beautiful State Capitol Building
The Minneapolis Lakes District with the beautiful chain of lakes and parks that makes Minneapolis unique
The Uptown district in Minneapolis, home to coffee shops, independent theater, antiques, and some of Minnesota’s best ethnic dining
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, with more than 1,000 acres of public gardens
The Minnesota Zoo, home to over 400 different animal species, with miles of indoor and outdoor trails, an aquarium, and monorail
So many Parks and Lakes, with opportunities for hiking, biking and more, that it would be impossible to list them all!

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