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1212 W. Highway 96, Arden Hills, MN  55112

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September 1 – Labor Day Weekend – no program

September 8 – Water Communion

This annual welcome back program is held each year. Join us in song, readings and sharing revitalized connections and community. Bring a small amount of water from a place that is special to you. One by one we will pour our water together into a large bowl and tell why this water is special. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources.

September 15 – Northern European Immigrants and Unitarian Universalist Humanism

The speaker is Victor Urbanowicz. Victor Urbanowicz has been a member of White Bear UU Church since 1980. Approximately, 1992 he joined a Twin Cities group interested in UU history which became the MidAmerica Region History and Heritage Committee. He is the chair and David Conradi-Jones is a member. The group compiled the histories of local UU congregations and published them in 2013 as a paperback, titled Twin Cities UU Congregations which is available on He occasionally writes vignettes, or historical sketches, on Midwestern Unitarian Universalist history which appear on the MidAmerica Region website. This morning’s talk is one such vignette titled “Northern European Immigrants and Unitarian Humanism” was first presented at the UU Church of Willmar, Minnesota.

September 22 – Mrs. Ambassador

The first Woman Ambassador ever in United States History was Eugenie Anderson of Minnesota. She was also one of the founders of the DFL in Minnesota. Her story is told by her grand daughter, Mary Anderson DuPont, author of the new book on her life.

September 29 – Birds of Minnesota and the Effects of Climate Change – Monica Bryand

Photographer Monica Bryand presents a gorgeous slide show of birds she has photographed within our state for the Audubon Society of Minnesota. This multi-year effort is part of the tracking of the effects of climate change on bird populations in the United States. Monica will discuss where she photographed various species, and talk about the stresses that put them in danger for decline.

Upcoming Programs

September 15 - Northern European Immigrants and Unitarian Universalist Humanism - Victor Urbanowicz

Septermber 22 - Mrs Ambassador - Mary Anderson Dupont

The life of Eugenie Anderson first women ambassador one of the founders of the DFL by her grand daughter Mary Anderson DuPont.

September 29 - Birds of Minnesota and the Effects of Climate Change - Monica Bryand

Photographer Monica Bryand presents a gorgeous slide show of birds she has photographed within our state for the Audubon Society of Minnesota. This multi-year effort is part of the tracking of the effects of climate change on bird populations in the United States. Monica will discuss where she photographed various species, and talk about the stresses that put them in danger for decline.

Past Program Highlights

August 11 – Bird Language: Understanding the Language of Nature – Jonathon Poppele

Jonathan Poppele is Director of the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project, Birds talk to each other; we can learn to understand it, and it’s fun. Birds are the alarm system of the forest, broadcasting the whereabouts of hawks, owls, foxes and more through their calls and postures. Learning bird language allows us to see more wildlife and feel more connected to the natural world. This presentation will give you the fundamental tools for interpreting bird language to enhance your own birding and nature experiences, plus information about local bird language programs and gatherings.

Join us for a summertime potluck lunch in the fellowship hall following the program. The Hospitality Committee will be arranging for grilled and fried chicken, hot dogs, and beverages. All are welcome! No sign-up needed. You’re invited to bring a vegetarian entree, salad, side dish, fruits, or desserts to round out the meal.

July 14 – Reps and Phibs: Reptiles and Amphibians of Minnesota – Tamarack Nature Center

Turtles, snakes and salamanders…oh my! Enjoy an up-close visit with a few of Tamarack Nature Center’s animal ambassadors. Learn about their lives in the wild, as well as how to protect their species and habitats for future generations.

June 2 – Flower Communion

Bring a flower from your garden to add to the fellowship bouquet, reflecting the beauty of our diversity and what each of us individually brings to it. Take home a flower from the fellowship representing what the fellowship gives back to each of us. This is a program begun in Czechoslovakia that has been held annually before our summer recess for many years. This is will be a short program followed by the Pilgrim House Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting will be held in the our meeting room followed by a taco bar lunch in the fellowship room hosted by the Pilgrim House Board of Directors. Hear a review of last year, plans for next year, and volunteer opportunities, approve a budget, and elect a chair for 2020-2021.

May 26 – Memorial Day weekend – no program

May 19 – Data Visualization as an Ethical Act – John Zobitz

Data visualization (the use of bar graphs, pie charts, scatterplots, flowcharts, and the like) is not a new concept, but in today’s data-rich world we rely on visualization to make meaningful connections in the quest for a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. How do we discern the intent and intentionality of a data visualization? During this talk I will showcase ethical visualizations spanning from the 19th century to today and beyond.

John is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Augsburg University, where he has been for the past 12 years. He has enjoyed being a member of Pilgrim House the past three years and how welcoming everyone is to his family.

May 12 – Vera Ming Wong: Delving into Nature

Vera Ming Wong draws life from nature. Her drawings, watercolors, and cut paper creations, featuring native plants, animals, habitats, and ecosystems, reflect her interests, background and education in biology and art. Vera’s illustrations appear in numerous books and magazines, including Minnesota’s Endangered Flora & Fauna; Northwoods Wildlife: A Watcher’s Guide to Habitats; Native Orchids of Minnesota; North Shore: Minnesota’s Superior Coast; and the Minnesota DNR’s Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine. In this presentation, Vera will share a diverse selection of her visual artwork to demonstrate her process, from study and sketching animals (alive or sometimes dead), plants, fungi, and their habitats, to choices of media and techniques that incorporate practical as well as aesthetic parameters.

May 5 – Flames of Discontent – The Iron Range Strike of 1916 – Gary Kaunonen

Gary Kaunonen, PhD, is an independent historian of labor and immigration and documentary filmmaker living on Minnesota’s Iron Range. He is the author of four books, including his most recent, Flames of Discontent, which won the Hognander Prize of the Minnesota Book Awards, and Community in Conflict and Challenge Accepted, which both won Michigan Historical Society Book Awards. Currently, he works as an Exhibit Designer, Researcher, and Writer at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm, and as the Government Channel Programmer for Hibbing Public Access Television.

The program will be on his book Flames of Discontent, Iron Range Strike of 1916.

April 28 – Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy

Elaine Tyler May is Chair, Department of History, Regents Professor, Departments of American Studies and History, University of Minnesota.

April 21 – Our Traditional Spring Celebration

Join us for our traditional celebration of Spring ... a special morning of intergenerational music and sharing. Look for another performance of the Pilgrim House Chorale, and more. If you have special music or a reading you’d like to share, please contact Mel Aanerud or Bill Rohde by April 14th. Join us for a spring brunch following the program. We’ll need a few sign-ups at Pilgrim House for entrees, fruits and breads. All are invited for food, fellowship and celebration. Don’t miss it. See you there!

April 14 – Children’s Defense Fund–Minnesota – Bharti Wahi, Executive Director

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. They champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority.

Minnesota Executive Director Bharti Wahi will discuss local policy issues that affect children’s well-being that are currently under discussion at the MN Legislature.

April 7 – Speaking Out: Why I Stand

Join Rachel Carter, intern minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire and U.S. Army veteran, as she talks about her journey and advocacy work with military sexual trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress.

Rachel Carter is the intern minister at the Unitarian Univeralist Congregation in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a second year seminary student at Iliff School of Theology. She has been an active advocate regarding Post-Traumatic Stress, Military Sexual Trauma and invisible disabilities. She served as a broadcast journalist assigned to Armed Forces Network-Korea as well as the Wisconsin National Guard. Rachel identifies as a person with multiple disabilities, including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Dysautonomia, and Fibromyalgia. She will be presenting at this year’s General Assembly in Spokane, WA on Dis-Abilities: A Discussion on Inclusion, Accessibility, and Identity.

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