Religious learning and growth is a life-long process at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester. We learn not only from books and “experts,” but by coming together to discuss, explore, and discern. Contact the office if you are interested in any of the offerings below.

Adult UU Pilgrimage
The Pilgrimage will focus on early Universalism, Unitarianism, and Transcendentalism specifically in Massachusetts. The next UU Pilgrimage for Adults is tentatively scheduled for August 2024.

Adult Classes

Coming of Age for Adults – hybrid course

Participants will go through a self-paced, online course through the UU Leadership Institute. Each online lesson will be followed by an in person, facilitated discussion.

Adult Groups

Adult Groups are on-going learning experiences that have a particular focus, but no set curriculum. They exercise shared leadership and continue as long as the participants’ interest continues. New people are welcome to drop in and/or join at any time. You will find the meeting dates, times, and upcoming books or topics in the Weekly eNews.

The Bible as a Historical Document
2nd Sundays, 7 pm
Lecture and discussion.

Buddhist Interest Group
1st Monday monthly at 7:15 p.m.
This group explores Buddhism from a UU perspective. There is a short meditation period, followed by a discussion.

Chosen Faith Book Study
4th Tuesday monthly at 7:00 p.m.
This group reads and discusses Unitarian and Universalist leaders’ views of the past and present, as well as other significant liberal theologies.

Course in Miracles
Every Monday at 10 a.m.
This weekly study group reads and discusses the text of A Course in Miracles (ACIM), which offers a system of metaphysical thought, based on unconditional love and forgiveness. Participants discuss the challenges of trying to “live the Course.”

Principle 4 Study Group
4th Sunday monthly at 7:00 p.m.
The study group is centered around our 4th Principle: a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Discussion focuses on the meaning and role of spirituality, language, beliefs, and faith in our lives as UUs.

UU Creative Spirits
1st Tuesday monthly at 6:30 p.m.
Exploring your creative nature, artistic skills not a prerequisite, only the willingness to explore and experiment.

UU Zen Meditation Group
Every Tuesday at 7 p.m.
UU Zen Meditation: A weekly group practice of zazen: meditation as it is taught in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. The group will focus on practice, with some time for discussion. Group members will have the opportunity to shape the direction and focus of the meetings to best support their own practice. Bring an open mind and a cushion or pillow.


Retreats provide opportunities to set aside periods of time for fellowship and learning. While they don’t happen every year, we have for the past few years enjoyed the opportunities listed below. When a retreat has been scheduled, information is shared with the congregation through flyers and the Weekly eNews.

Women’s Retreat
The sessions offered at this retreat are designed to refresh, educate, and inspire women on their spiritual journey. Women who have attended in the past came away with memories of deepened personal connections, laughter, discovery, and fun. These retreats take place at retreat centers that offer women time away from their usual routine.