Covid-19 Info & Updates
Services are multiplatform (with both in-person and virtual participation available). Masks are required inside when in shared spaces. Masks are not required for small/medium groups who have come to a covenantal agreement. Click to learn more about our Gathering Plan and the overall UUS COVID response. Read more »
Groups That Nurture Mind & Spirit
Adult Learning Opportunities
Throughout the year you will find opportunities to explore and grow through a variety of classes, discussions, and shared experiences. Join us for Sunday Forums on a rich array of timely topics. We also host classes on UU history, leadership development, world religions, UU spirituality, and racial and social justice. Check the website and newsletter for information on current offerings.
UU Wellspring is a 10-month program for spiritual deepening for Unitarian Universalists. Groups meet for two hours twice a month, with readings and web resources to prepare ahead of each meeting. The basic curriculum focuses on the Six Sources of UU Living Tradition. Each group sets their own meeting day and time. Commitment to the full 10 months is required.
The UUS Buddhist Sangha gathers weekly for silent meditation and discussion of contemporary Buddhist teachings and their application to our daily lives. The meeting includes sharing time, meditation, and an informal discussion of a Buddhist reading selected by the group. All are welcome. Meetings are every Monday from 7-8:30 pm via Zoom. If you have questions or would like to learn what we are currently reading, please contact us.
UU Secular Humanists
We provide a socially active and involved secular community for UUS, Secular Students at Iowa, and the Eastern Iowa area. We advance humanist values while working toward social justice and striving to reduce the stigma of non-belief. We enrich the lives of members and visitors through programs, speakers, and special events. Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month via Zoom.
Covenant groups are small groups of 8 to 12 people who meet monthly for discussions fostering intellectual and spiritual growth. The discussion topics go along with the theme of the month of our Sunday services. This small-group ministry program offers members the opportunity to form stronger relationships and gain a deeper sense of connection to the greater UUS community. Because of the level of sharing in covenant groups, we ask that you first be a participant here at UUS for at least a couple of months in order to join a group, and be ready to make a 6 month commitment when you join a covenant group.
Owl Moon CUUPS (Covenant of UU Pagans)
Owl Moon CUUPs is a community of people who practice, or are interested in, earth-centered traditions and spiritual practices. It is part of the larger UU tradition and brings awareness of the UU priorities and values to the greater Pagan community. We welcome those with years of practice, those just finding their spiritual path, and those who are just curious about who we are and what we do, to participate in our gatherings. We gather to celebrate the cycles of the earth and moon, including monthly lunations on the full moon, as suits the needs of those who attend. We also offer classes and workshops on topics of interest to earth-centered paths and general Paganism.
Our newest group here at UUS, we invite anyone who has interest or personal experience with what is commonly referred to as “mystical experiences.” Our group will design its own path, most likely beginning with a couple of sessions of personal experiences in our lives and beyond. This is not going to be simply a book study group, and we are not setting a goal of manufacturing mystical experiences together. We will have perhaps two initial gatherings in the fall or winter to get acquainted, share our stories, and have conversations about what people are interested in exploring together.
Kiirtan is a spiritual practice that combines singing and dancing in a meditative way. The group has occasional meetings, sometimes in person, sometimes online.