Welcome to the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines! We’re glad you’ve found us and hope you find a church home with us.

At First Unitarian, we’re brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We’re people of many beliefs and backgrounds – people with a religious background and people with none; people who believe in a God and people who don’t, and people who simply let the mystery be. And while we represent a diversity of faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, we agree that we want to do good work in the world.

So we welcome you – your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your hopes. Let us support you on your faith journey.

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Upcoming Service

Birding for Life: See and Save a Bird, a People and the Planet

Today, we will briefly review the scientific and cultural aspects of how people relate and respond to nature, and specifically to birds. Being intentionally mindful of birds reaps benefits not just for humans but for the birds themselves. As people come to understand and connect to birds, they increase their resilience and health by being with birds and, in so doing, increase their capacity to care for themselves and others. The mindful practice of birds can take only minutes a day but conversely also involves a lifetime of commitment, exploration, and wonder. Rev. Joyner will share how her lifetime working with birds has changed her and others with whom she works.

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Zoom may not be available.

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Birding for Life: See and Save a Bird, a People, and the Planet

Please join us as we reflect on Rev. LoraKim’s sermon “Birding for Life: See and Save a Bird, A People and the Planet. We will be gathering in small groups to share our reactions to the service and how in your life you Pay attention, Be astounded, and Tell about it (from a Mary Oliver Poem – Instructions for Living a Life)

Church Calendar

  • Iowa’s Biggest Book Sale Group Set-UP

    June 20, 2024  5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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  • Iowa’s Biggest Book Sale Group

    June 20, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Griffin Hall & Gathering Area (Basic Kitchen)

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  • Leadership Support Group

    June 22, 2024  8:30 am - 11:00 am

    Griffin Hall and Kitchen

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  • Childcare

    June 23, 2024  9:15 am - 11:00 am
    Room 112

    Childcare is always available during Sunday services for children aged 0-4 years-old in room 11.

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  • Sunday Service (Hybrid)

    June 23, 2024  9:30 am - 10:45 am

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I’m New Here

Ready to explore Unitarian Universalism and our church? We’re ready for you, even during the pandemic!

  1. Start by joining us for our Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. CT in-person or via Zoom. You can also click here for directions to our building!
  2. In the front lobby of our church, you’ll be welcomed by a Congregational Life Committee member, who will direct you to visitor information and UU information.
  3. Check out our Affinity Groups for adults. All groups that are meeting virtually are open to new participants. New programs for children, youth, and adults will begin this September.
  4. And finally, explore our website! There’s a lot to see and we encourage you to reach out to the contact people listed throughout the site if you have questions or want to get involved.

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