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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Church Calendar

  • Tai Chi

    April 18, 2024  10:00 am - 11:00 am

      Monday and Thursday at 10:00 at First Unitarian as weather cools and we move inside to Griffin Hall. Outside sessions are currently being held at the American Legion Park in West Des Moines on 4th and Vine. 
    Third Thursday's of the month the group will meet in Mary Safford instead of Griffin when the weather cools.
    Tai chi is an ancient form of gentle exercise sometimes called ‘moving’ meditation. This class will focus on a short form (Sun style) designed specifically to improve joint movement (which may decrease pain) and improve balance and prevent falls. In addition to these benefits, research has also shown tai chi may reduce stress.  Basic aspects of tai chi will be discussed and practiced, including breathing, weight shift, posture, slow circular movements, elongation and focus to enhance the flow of chi. The classes are taught by repetitively practicing small portions and gradually adding until the entire form has been covered.  Regular attendance is encouraged for the full benefit. There is a small fee ($20) for participants for the day session while the evening session is free. Register here: https://forms.gle/poBmQ4hsdPfQpSir7

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  • Unity Circle

    April 18, 2024  11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Griffin Hall, Gathering Area, and Kitchen
    04/18 Our speaker will be Jeremy Lewis from the Des Moines Bicycle Collective!

    Meets: Third Thursdays Sept-May; 12:00 noon potluck, 1:00 p.m. CT speaker program; $10 yearly 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.
    Contacts: Theresa Miller or Nancee McDowell, unitycircle@ucdsm.org

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  • UU Singers Adult Choir

    April 18, 2024  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Griffin Hall

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  • SET-UP/CLEAN-UP Sacred Bridges CUUPS: Olympian Gods: An Introduction with William

    April 19, 2024  6:45 pm - 9:45 pm
    Stonewall Conference Room

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  • Sacred Bridges CUUPS: Olympian Gods: An Introduction with William

    April 19, 2024  7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Stonewall Conference Room

    Prepare to embark on a captivating journey through the realms of Greco-Roman mythology with Sacred Bridges CUUPS! 

    Join us on April 19th at 7:00 pm for an immersive event titled 'Olympian Gods: An Introduction with William.' Whether you're able to join us in person or prefer to participate via Zoom, get ready to delve deep into the enchanting tapestry of Greco-Roman mythology.

    During this unique event, William will serve as our guide, leading us through the basics of Greco-Roman mythology while offering fascinating insights and recounting spellbinding tales of the Olympian gods. From Zeus and Hera to Athena and Apollo, discover the rich pantheon of deities that have fascinated and inspired humanity for centuries.

    This is an unparalleled opportunity to enrich your understanding of ancient myths and connect with fellow enthusiasts who share your passion for these timeless stories. So, mark your calendars, set your reminders, and make sure to join us for an unforgettable evening filled with wonder, discovery, and camaraderie!

    Don't miss out on this chance to deepen your appreciation for Greco-Roman mythology and forge connections with like-minded individuals. Spread the word, invite your friends, and get ready for an enchanting experience that will leave you captivated!

    RSVP HERE: https://fb.me/e/5bc6yWBOt

    Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 864 8468 3715
    Passcode: ZEUS101

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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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