Where is First Universalist Church?
We are located at 3400 Dupont Ave. S. in the Uptown area of Minneapolis. Follow this link to a map, directions, and parking info.
Where is the Sanctuary?
If you enter the main doors of the church (off of Dupont Avenue, by the corner of 34th & Dupont), you will need to go upstairs to the Sanctuary. You will find stairs on both sides of the foyer that lead up to the Sanctuary level.
When is the service?
Between early September and late May, services are held at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. on Sundays. During the summer months, there is a single service at 10 a.m. You can find information about services for the upcoming Sunday on our home page.
What should I wear?
Attire is largely a matter of personal taste. Some wear suits. Some wear blue jeans. Business casual is close to average.
Is there childcare?
A nursery is available during Sunday morning services and many other church events.
What happens when the service is over?
Everyone is welcome to coffee and conversation in the Social Hall on the main level of the building (below the Sanctuary). If your children are visiting classes, you should pick them up. Fruit juice is available for them. A member of our Welcome Team will always be available to escort you to the Social Hall and answer questions.
I or someone in my family has limited mobility. Can we get around?
An elevator serves all levels of the building. Please enter through the glass doors off of Dupont Avenue. We have designated spots in the parking lot for those with limited mobility.
How large is your congregation?
First Universalist Church has about 920 members and roughly 500 children and youth enrolled in our religious education classes, which take place on Sunday mornings during both services.
The Unitarian and Universalist denominations in North America joined in 1961 to become a single, leading light for liberal religion. Both had roots in colonial New England as well as deeper roots in the Protestant Reformation. The Unitarians got their name from their belief in a single divine essence, as opposed to the trinity. The Universalists got their name from their belief in universal salvation, as opposed to a division of humanity into the Elect and the Damned. These theological issues faded in importance, but the names remained. Today, we focus on how we might grow our souls and repair the world.
How can I learn more?
- Welcome center: On a Sunday morning, come visit our welcome center, located in the social hall by the circular table marked “Information.” Here you can grab a cup of coffee, peruse literature about Unitarian Universalism and First Universalist Church activities, and visit with a greeter and our membership staff, Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink and Sandy DiNanni.
- Podcasts: Listen to recent services here.
These sermons in particular will give you a better sense of our church community:
Listen, Let Go, Love
In Cupped Hands
Drop the Storyline
- Newcomer classes: Our classes for newcomers are a wonderful way to learn more. We offer our 30-minute First Step orientation to Unitarian Universalism and First Universalist twice monthly, on first and third Sundays after each service. We also regularly offer a four-session Newcomers Circle as a way to learn more about our tradition and connect with others who are new to church. To learn more, click here.
- Read Our Weekly E-News: You can read our weekly church e-newsletter online here, or subscribe by clicking here.
- If I have other questions, who do I contact?
Please contact the Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 612-825-1701 x124.