In 1988, the Reverend Eric Haugen and a small group of people began holding services
at an Eagan, MN elementary school, dedicated to the idea that there was a place for
a liberal religious community in the south of the river suburbs. Since then, we’ve
moved many times in Eagan, Burnsville and Rosemount.
Along the way we’ve developed a religious education program for children and youth,
added a choir, a women's group, some social action projects, and other activities.
We became and continue to be Welcoming Congregation. The Welcoming Congregation
Program is a completely volunteer program for congregations that see a need to become
more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people. It consists
of a series of workshops developed by the UUA.
We’ve had part time ministers several times, as well as periods of lay leadership.
We’ve always had a variety of Sunday services, some led by members, many featuring
guest ministers or speakers, which enlighten and challenge us, and who represent
the diversity of our world. Over the years, we have had many great, thought-provoking
speakers. Some of the more well known have been former Minneapolis police chief Tony
Bouza, his wife, activist Erica Bouza, authors Paul Gruchow, and Bill Holm, singer-songwriters
Peter Mayer and Barbara McAfee, journalists Dave Nimmer and Eric Black.
In 2002, we decided to try to acquire a building of our own. In 2003, we got into
our current space and began the work of turning a former convenience store into a
place of sanctity and worship. With a wonderful combination of talents in our congregation
and some help from other UU churches, we were up and running in November 2003.
Dedicated to providing a liberal religious home in Dakota County, DUUC is……..