New Song offers a variety of opportunities for service, learning and fellowship.

Spirit School is a time for lively discussion and fellowship.

Spirit School

Held on many Sunday mornings from 11:30 to 12:30, Spirit School enlightens and challenges us. Led by both New Songers and guest speakers, past topics have included Black history, Lakota spirituality, water quality issues in Iowa, an introduction to meditation, poverty relief efforts in Haiti, and a multigenerational session on ways to visualize God through drawing, painting, and writing.

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program that explores scripture, church history, and theology. It helps members discern their calling to ministry and gives them practice in thinking from a theological perspective. EFM materials are developed and administered by Sewanee: The University of the South. Participants commit to one year at a time and meet weekly during the academic year.

In warm weather, New Songer members socialize in our meditation garden after church.

Healing Touch

New Song serves as the home for a network of Healing Touch practitioners who volunteer in the larger community. The group meets monthly at New Song for fellowship and continuing education. For information about Healing Touch training, contact Lisa Bormann at

New Song members participate in a roadside cleanup.

Ministries Beyond Our Walls

Many of our members are also active in ministries at the local, regional, and national levels. For example, Polly Nichols Marshall has been a valued volunteer at the Coralville Community Food Pantry. Dorothy and John Whiston have been leaders in the Inside Out Reentry Community. And Lori Erickson is a nationally known author who writes books about the intersection of travel and spirituality.

Part of what makes New Song a vibrant community is the many ties we have to the larger community and world.