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


The spirit listeth where it will. We can’t control our transformation, we can only be open and receptive to the stirrings within aroused by the world without.

Zoom at 9:30 a.m. CT.

Zoom may not be available for this event. Please contact Bill Paxson if you have an interest in joining the Zoom team.

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Forum: International Human Rights Day – Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

As our congregation considers the theme of transformation this month, join Linda Lemons & Heidi Lackmann in considering how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has transformed our world & impacted Unitarian Universalism. We will look back on the role Unitarians and Universalists played in creating the UDHR in 1948 and how the United Nations Charter and UDHR in turn became the basis for our original Article II Purposes and Objectives in 1961. We will also explore how UUs are continuing to move the UDHR forward as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

Church Calendar

  • Board Game Night

    December 8, 2023  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Contact: Gianfranco Berardi, gamenight@ucdsm.org

    Meets: Second Fridays; 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. CT; Griffin Hall

    Welcome: All

    Please join fellow UU friends for a fun night of board games in Griffin Hall. Bring your favorite game as well as any beverages or snacks you might want to share.

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  • Connections Circle

    December 9, 2023  10:00 am - 11:00 am


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  • Queer Cocoa, Crafts, and Carols!

    December 9, 2023  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Griffin, Gathering Area, and Kitchen
    Join the Queer and Transgender Action Group to cozy up for an afternoon of hot cocoa (or tea), crafts, and a few holiday carols! Enjoy an array of toppings, from classic to decadent, vegan, and gluten-free. All ages, genders, orientations, and allies welcome! Questions or craft suggestions? Please email the Queer/Trans Action Group at tag@ucdsm.org.

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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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