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Discussion Groups

All discussion groups are currently meeting virtually.  Please see schedule for more details.

For further information about any of these activities, please contact the UUFA office at 515-292-5960 or


AFAR (Ames-area Freethinkers and Rationalists)

AFAR meets on the first and third Thursday each month at 7:00 pm for discussion of current events, community action, shared reading, and to provide an environment of belonging and support for people who consider themselves non-theists, nonbelievers, and nonreligious.



Buddhism Study Group

A group seeking to further and deepen their understanding of Buddhist philosophy and practice through shared readings, discussion and exploration.  This group meets on second and fourth Sundays at 4:30.



Climate Action Team

The Climate Action Team gathers each month to discuss and explore local solutions to the ever-growing climate change crisis.  This interfaith group strives to be a force for action among Unitarian Universalists and other faiths in the community.

Please contact the office for more information.


​Persephone's Children

Persephone's Children is a spirituality group meeting, following the structure of a Reclaiming Tradition workshop/ritual and use the Circles of Support Ground Rules of Diana's Grove.  Newcomers are welcome!  They meet on the fourth Monday of each month, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at the UUFA.



ROMEOs (Men's Breakfast Group)

ROMEO: Retired Ol' Men Eating Out.  This informal group of (mostly) UU gents gets together every Wednesday (in-person, offsite) and Friday morning (virtually) for breakfast and casual conversation.  9:00 am both days, every week.



Skadberg Science Circle

Skadberg Science Circle discusses scientific news and topics every 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening. Topics cover a wide array. Interested? Check it out!



Soul Matters Small Group Listening Circles

Soul Matters Listening Circles provide participants an opportunity to practice activities provided by Soul Matters (a thematic ministry program across many UUA congregations), read thematic materials and view videos, and then share their thoughts on the monthly topic.  Groups do require pre-registration, but meet at various times throughout each month.  If you're interested, please contact the office.


UU Women's Book Group

The UU Women's Book Group is a book discussion group meeting the first Monday of every month during the school year. This group is open to women interested in literature and discussing the ideas and themes presented in the books. It is a democratic group -- everyone suggests books suitable for discussion and then everyone votes and we build our reading list from the top vote getting books.

This group has a core of 10-12 women who attend every month and many more that join us when they can and when the book selection interests them.

Discussions are lively, far-ranging, and interesting. Our only requirement is that you have a passion for reading. We read fiction, nonfiction, poetry, historical fiction, young adult books, books on spirituality, local authors, science fiction; nearly every genre has been read and enjoyed. We welcome opposing viewpoints on books that we read because it deepens our appreciation and understanding of the books.



Women of Wisdom

Women Of Wisdom is a group for UU women "over the speed limit" (60+). WOW is an open group and welcomes new members for refreshment of mind, soul, and body.  Meetings are at 3:30 pm on the third Monday of each month.  



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