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.

Adult Classes

Pathway to Membership Series
Pathway to Membership at First Unitarian Universalist Church is a series of three steps to take you from newcomer to member. For more information, contact Melissa Eggler at

  • Welcome to First Unitarian Universalist of Rochester: A Class for Newcomers;
  • Finding Yourself at First Unitarian Universalist: A Deeper Exploration;
  • New Member Recognition Sunday

The Bible as a Historical Document
2nd Sundays, 7 pm
Lecture and 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 Journey: Elders Discussion Group
3rd Wednesday monthly at 12 noon
This group focuses on the thoughts, emotions, and feelings that we encounter as we realize we have–surprise!–become elders. Sign up is not required, simply bring a sack lunch, a beverage, and engage in conversation with others who, like you, have embarked on a new adventure.

Buddhist Interest Group
1st Wednesday monthly at 7:00 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.

Soul Writing
1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.
In Literature, art, and theology, the soul is often described as the story within oneself. During our time together, we will be following the outline in Rev. Karen Hering’s book, “Writing to Wake the Soul: Open the Sacred Conversation Within.” The book has 10 topics – justice, hope, faith, sin, reverence, hospitality, grace, love, redemption, and prayer. Non-writers and writers are welcome to explore and discover each one’s own inner story. Rev. Hering’s book will be used as a guide and is not required.

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.

Mid-Winter Retreat
On a winter Saturday, we come together at church for fellowship, worship, learning, food, and fun. Members of our congregation and community members have offered workshops on diverse topics, from how to run an effective meeting to how to manage stormwater to how to do an Irish dance.

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.