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Discussion Groups

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

 

Buddhism Discussion Group

A group of like-minded individuals seeking to further and deepen their understanding of Buddhism through shared readings, discussion and exploration of terms and concepts.  This group meets once a month on the last Sunday at 4:30.

Email: buddhism@uufames.org

 

Campus and Young Adult Group

Join us every Sunday after services for a meal and fellowship/discussion time!  Topics and formats vary.

Email: campus@uufames.org

 

Heretics and Spirituality

This reading and discussion group focuses primarily on topics of religion, society, education, philosophy, politics and humanities.  The Heretics & Spirituality group eschews conventional religious and theological doctrines in favor of a more critical and liberal approach to spirituality and personal growth.  Members represent a variety of religious and humanist backgrounds and find that an active quest for discovery along with nurturing each other in their quests is a valuable, supportive and productive way to develop personal spirituality.  Book choices have ranged from nonfiction about art, philosophy and law to fiction of the undead, contemporary fantasy, science fiction and literature spanning several difficult-to-describe genres.  Occasionally the group chooses a movie to watch and discuss.  Conversations are always lively, vigorous and respectful among the members who covenant to value diverse contributions and always leave as friends.  New members are always welcome, as the reading material changes often.  

Email: heretics@uufames.org

 

​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 third Friday of each month, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at the UUFA.

Email: persephone@uufames.org

 

Skadberg Science Circle

The Skadberg Science Circle meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the UUFA, October through May.  Session format varies from discussion to videos to speaker presentations. The gathering is small (typically 6-10 people), but passionate.  

Email: skadbergscience@uufames.org

 

Small Group Ministry (SGM)

Small Group Ministry provides an opportunity to get better acquainted with Ames Unitarian Universalists; an opportunity to discuss (both talk and listen) spiritual growth through topics such as sacred places, learning from failure, yearning, radical hospitality, our gifts, community building, and others; an opportunity to join other UUs to do a service project.  SGM is different than other experiences at the UUFA: these small groups of 6-10 people are content-driven discussions led by a lay facilitator that stretch us to grow as individuals and as a faith community.

 

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.

Email: books@uufames.org

 

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.  

Email: wow@uufames.org

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