No more bus availability for Saturday’s March

All four of the buses going from First Universalist Church to the MN Women’s March this Saturday, Jan. 21, are now full.  There is no waiting list.  We hope you find alternative transport.

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Join Us for the MN Women’s March

Take the Bus with Us to the
Women’s March in Minnesota on January 21

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration, we’ve arranged for buses to take a group to St. Paul for the Women’s March in Minnesota!
Meet at First Universalist Church at 8:45 a.m. We’ll gather in the sanctuary for singing, introductions, and important information. Buses will leave from the First Universalist Church parking lot at 9:45 a.m., and will arrive at St. Paul College by 10:30 a.m., where we’ll gather with other UUs and march to the Minnesota State Capitol together. All are welcome, including people of all gender identities and children.
Suggested donation: $10 per individual, $20 per family. Larger donations welcome! No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To reserve your seat on the bus, please register through the Eventbrite page here
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe in the power of love, the imperative to dismantle systems of oppression, the worth and dignity of every human being, and our fundamental interconnection with all existence. In support of these values, we join with our siblings from around the state to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The March will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights.
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Summer news


Tomorrow, Saturday,  June 25, is the memorial service for former AUW President Pam Vincent.  Pam was a pillar of First Universalist Church, fearless knitter at Linden Hills Yarns, creative cook, adventurous traveler, reliable volunteer, and loyal friend. Service Saturday, June 25, 2 pm, First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave S, Mpls. Drum circle at 1 pm. Memorials preferred to Operation Bootstrap Africa – Kilimatembo Secondary School,


AUW “Women Who Read” Book Club Selection Meeting/AUW Retreat Scholarship Benefit Sale

The “Women Who Read” Meeting will be held at the home of Jody Beresford on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 PM. If you have never been to the Book Club, check us out! Join us for a Potluck dinner (beverages provided). We will be picking the books for the 2016/2017 year.

In addition to the meeting, an AUW Scholarship Retreat Scholarship Benefit Sale will be held. Come early to browse, buy, or donate. Garden tools, household items, and Yoga equipment will all be available. Bring your loose change and your checkbook for some great deals. All monies will go to the Scholarship.

RSVPs would be appreciated to Jody at

Jody Beresford
7436 Hyde Park Drive
Edina, MN 55439
612 669.9977


Knitting groups have adjourned for the summer in favor of outdoor activities.


Colleen Cavell has graciously offered to again host a potluck picnic for AUW members and friends on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, September 4th.  More details to come.


I hope you all are enjoying your summer.


Valerie Garber, President

Contact me at for questions or information.




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Register for AUW Spring Retreat\\\\\\\\AUW Spring

Simple Gifts
‘Tis the gift to be simple
‘Tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be…
We are hoping the place you want to be is at the 2016 Spring Retreat. Featuring our beloved
Rev. Kate Tucker as the keynote speaker.
Held Friday through Sunday, April 15 to April 17 at
the Koinonia Retreat Center near Annandale, MN ( A short
1½ hours from the Twin Cities.
Our Simple Gifts spring retreat offers opportunities for yoga, Tai
Chi Chih, meditation, walking the outdoor Labyrinth, paper-bead
making, nature hikes, and more, plus time and space for personal
Registration includes all programming. Full weekend registration
provides two nights lodging and dinner on Friday, breakfast/lunch/
dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. The Saturday only
option includes breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Register at the AUW table before or after service, or through
Brown Paper Tickets at: Checks will be
accepted at the AUW table or can be sent to the church office. Make checks to “AUW” and send to: AUW at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408.

The full weekend cost is $180 for AUW members and $225 for non-members, or you can join AUW and attend for $215. For Saturday only, the fee is $100. No refunds after March 20th.

Partial scholarships through the Kate Tucker Scholarship Fund are available for those with limited finances. See the Brown Paper Tickets website for details.
Register for the Spring Retreat now!
Let us all share our Simple Gifts!
And when we find ourselves in the place just right
It will be in the valley of love and delight.
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Good Friday Solidarity Rally at Planned Parenthood


AUW is again sponsoring a bus to take people from the First Universalist Church parking lot to Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, where parking is limited.

Good Friday is a big day for anti-choice protests at the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul.  They will have half a block to protest.  The other half is for a Solidarity Rally for those of us who appreciate the importance of Planned Parenthood in supporting women’s health.

The bus will depart from First Universalist around 9 a.m., and return around 12:30 p.m.

Contact Valerie Garber at if you want to sign up or have questions.  You don’t have to sign up, but it will give us a better idea of how many people are coming.

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