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Pilgrim House

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

1212 W. Highway 96, Arden Hills, MN  55112

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We ask all alike to think — not all to think alike.

Next Program

February 24 – Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Lisa Baker is the Program Manager of the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Get an in depth look into the mission of the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf and the programs and services they provide to meet the growing needs of our food insecure neighbors. Discuss the changing face of hunger, the need for greater awareness, and the opportunity that each of us has to make a real difference.

Upcoming Programs

March 3 – When Republicans Were Progressive - a book by Lori Sturdevant and former Senator David Durenberger

Lori Sturdevant is back at Pilgrim House with her new book co-written with former Senator David Durenberger.

Past Program Highlights

February 17 – St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers — The Enduring Gift, by Craig Blacklock

Journey down these incredible rivers through videos with original music by Stillwater singer/songwriter, Peter Mayer. This book, with a foreword by Vice President, Walter F. Mondale, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, co-sponsored by then-senator Mondale. Craig Blacklock is one of the country’s most distinguished nature photographer, widely published with 18 books, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 George Morrison Award. Craig has been sharing this program with standing-room-only crowds throughout the watershed. He will have books available for purchase at the program. More information at https://stcroixphotography.com/.

February 10 – Jeannette Rankin, first U. S. Woman member of Congress presented -- by J Emily Peabody.

Jeannette Pickering Rankin was an American politician and women’s rights advocate, and the first woman to hold federal office in the United States. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives by the state of Montana in 1916, and again in 1940. She remains the only woman elected to Congress from Montana. She was elected before the women’s right to vote amendment and challenged injustice at every turn of her 93 years.

February 3 – Love-Letters to the World: Writing Effective Letters-to-the-Editor – Lisa Wersal

It’s been six years since Lisa’s previous PH program on writing letters to the editor, and she’s back with updates to encourage our participation in the conversations of the opinion pages. This program will take a fresh look, and emphasize different aspects of letter-writing than last time. Come get recharged and contribute your voice to help shape social discourse!

January 27 – All Together Now: What Group Sound-Making Can Teach Us About Working Well Together

In every culture on the planet, people make sound together as a way to work cohesively, affirm connection, build courage, and cultivate joy. In a dominant culture that over-emphasizes the individual, many of us never experience the power of belonging and sense of flow that comes from joining with others. See the TED talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze763kgrWGg&authuser=0.

Barbara McAfee is a voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynoter, and author who merges lessons from 12 years in organization development with the transformative power of sound.

January 20 – Raising Healthy, Compassionate, Loving Kids in a High Tech, Impersonal World

We live in a fast-paced, materialistic, narcissistic culture. To grow up to be whole, compassionate, empathetic adults, children need attention, guidance, support, interpersonal and communication skills, self-esteem, and awareness of the needs, feelings and backgrounds of others. Mike will discuss the effects of the current Empire consciousness of the American culture on children, and how to help children move to the Oneness consciousness of respect, acceptance, responsibility, kindness, and maturity.

Dr. Michael Obsatz is Professor Emeritus at Macalester College in St. Paul. Mike taught sociology and education courses there for 40 years. His book, "Raising Nonviolent Children in a Violent World," won the Minnesota Book Award and the Catholic Press Association Award in 1999. His documentary film about mentoring boys called "Journeyman" won two film festival awards and has been viewed by 3 million people on PBS and elsewhere.

January 13 – States that might have been

Presented by Mina Adsit and volunteers. The planned program for this date, Unions, was cancelled due to illness.

January 6 – Paul Wellstone: A Remembrance

Through music and readings, pianist/composer Larry McDonough and saxophonist/writer Richard Terrill recount the legacy of the Minnesota senator and champion of social justice. Saxophonist and writer Richard Terrill is the author of two collections of poetry, and two memoirs. He is Professor Emeritus at Minnesota State-Mankato. Larry McDonough is a St. Paul jazz pianist, singer and composer. His new CD with the Larry McDonough Quartet is Alice in Stonehenge and Other Accoustelectric Adventures. For fifteen years now Richard and Larry have been performing at UU congregations throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

December 30 – Your Favorite Photograph

This is your opportunity to tell us about your favorite photograph. We will project your photo on the screen and you will have several minutes to tell about the image. Each person can share up to three photos. If you would like to be part of the program, email photos (.jpg file) to Les Rogers by December 23. Contact Les if you have questions or need technical help.

December 23 – Pilgrim House Holiday Celebration!

Please join us for our always-special intergenerational PH holiday program, complete with group caroling, favorite holiday readings, seasonal music, a performance by the PH Chorale, a special guest (possibly from the far north), favorite foods, and more. Contact Bill Rohde or Mel Aanerud by December 16th if you or the youth in your household have special music or a reading to share. And don’t forget to bring that favorite holiday food for our traditional potluck finger foods feast after the program. See you there!

December 16 – A Moderate Republican

Continuing our series of bringing in moderates to talk with us; Tom Horner was Press Secretary for Senator Durenberger and was the Independent Party candidate for Governor in 2010.

December 9 – What the Election Means

Professor David Schultz is from the Hamline and University of Minnesota Schools of Law. He is the author of 30 books and 100+ articles on various aspects of American politics, election law, and the media and politics, and is regularly interviewed and quoted in the local, national, and international media on these subjects. He is a recurring speaker at Pilgrim House and will speak about the results of the 2018 election.

December 2 – Canoes – A Natural History of North America – Professor Mark Neužil

Professor Mark Neužil Ph.D. Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism University of St. Thomas is co-author of the book Canoes – A Natural History of North America. http://www.markneuzil.com

November 25 – Youth Caucus presentation from The Unitarian Universalist’s General Assembly

Fear Not - Youth Caucus Presentation from the 2018 Kansas City UUA General Assembly. This program by the Youth Caucus is an example of the kind of programs and messages presented at the gathering. Love over fear.


November 18 – Our Traditional Pilgrim House Thanksgiving Celebration

Our PH Thanksgiving program is a not-to-be-missed time of celebration and community, bringing together Pilgrim House members and friends with special music, a performance by the Pilgrim House Chorale, seasonal readings and poetry ... and more. If you or younger members of your family have a musical selection you’d like to share, please contact Bill Rohde by Sunday 11/13. Similarly, if you have a reading you’d like to share, please contact Mel Aanerud. If you would like to sing in the Chorale, the Chorale practices are listed in the Calendar below. And don’t forget to bring a dish to pass for our traditional pot luck feast immediately after the program. See you there!

November 11 – Wilson

Professor Trygve Throntveit, Development Officer and Dean’s Fellow for Civic Studies University of Minnesota, will speak about his book "Power without victory: Woodrow Wilson and the American Internationalist Experiment." This year’s program is at an opportune time, since the First World War ended at 11 O’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918 - 100 years ago.

November 4 – Minnesota from the Road part 2

Author, photographer and story teller Doug Ohman will be back for the second part of his grand tour of Minnesota’s most beautiful landscapes, buildings and historic sites. He will focus on the Arrowhead and Northern Minnesota. Travel with Doug as he shows photographs many of Minnesota’s most interesting landmarks and icons. Doug will share the stories of how these landmarks became so famous. His pictures and stories will be sure to entertain and bring new interest in more road trips around our great state. Doug is a photographer who has done the series of books of Minnesota churches, cabins, librarians, courthouses, schools, etc.

For older programs see Older Programs.


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