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

The Bible as a Historical Document
2nd Sundays, 7 pm – Hearth Room
Lecture and discussion facilitated by Jim Olson and Frank Druktainis.

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.

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

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.

Principle 4 Study Group
4th Sunday of every month at 7:00 p.m. – Hearth Room
The Principle 4 Study Group is centered around 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.

Buddhist Interest Group
4th Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. – Chapel
This group explores Buddhism from a UU perspective. There is a short meditation period, followed by a discussion.

A Chosen Faith Book Study
2nd Monday of every month from 7:00 p.m. – Hearth Room
This group reads and discusses Unitarian and Universalist leaders’ views of the past and present, as well as other significant liberal theologies.

A Course in Miracles
Every Monday Every Month, 10 am – Commons
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 also discuss the challenges of trying to “live the Course.” Peggy Marchesani.


Retreats provide opportunities to set aside periods of time for fellowship and learning. For the past few years, we have enjoyed the opportunities listed below. Once a retreat is 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. Both members of our congregation and community members have offered workshops on diverse topics from how to run an effective meeting to how to manage storm water 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.