Groups for Learning

Book Groups

Humanist Book Group

Contact: Brenda Trickler and Warren Stine,

Meets:  First and third Sundays, 11:00 a.m. CT;  contact for Zoom link

Welcome: All

We invite UUs and non-UUs who are Humanists or wonder if they might be, to explore life issues, philosophy, psychology, and ethics through guided discussions of current writings by well-known authors. Group members nominate books and vote to decide which book to read and discuss. You may purchase the book or check it out from public libraries when possible.

Great Decisions


Contact: Fred La Croix

Meets:    Fourth Sundays;  Stonewall Conference Room (no meetings June thru August, or December)

Welcome: All

This group follows a topic list produced by the Foreign Policy Association, New York City.

Unity Circle-Alliance

Contacts: Theresa Miller or Nancee McDowell,

Meets: Third Thursdays most months; 12:00 noon potluck, 1:00 p.m. CT speaker program; $10 yearly dues

Welcome: All, with or without dues

This informal social and general interest group’s motto is “We eat well, talk much, sit long, and laugh lots!” while also learning from our guest speakers. Unity Circle-Alliance (often referred to as “Unity Circle”) began as a women’s service group at First Unitarian in 1879. The group has a very proud heritage of contributions over the years to our church, our city, our state, and our national culture. From the women’s suffrage movement to social issues in early Des Moines; through post-World War II support for war refugees via the national Unitarian Service Committee and into the current group’s monthly speakers, the organization has worked to improve church life and the lives of others.