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

Where Do We Come From?

Join us in-person or on Zoom at 9:30 a.m. CT.

Click here for the Order of Service

Forum: Ministry Transition Update

11:00 a.m. CT in Griffin Hall and via Zoom

Join our Transitional Contract Minister, Victoria Safford, and our Board President, Reba Eagles, for an informal conversation about the scope of Victoria’s role this year as transitional minister. Bring your questions, concerns and hopes as we reflect together on expectations, dreams, and desires for our year together.

Church Calendar

  • Tai Chi

    September 29, 2022  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.
    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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  • UU Singers Adult Choir

    September 29, 2022  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Griffin Hall

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  • UCDSM Leader Chat

    October 1, 2022  9:00 am - 11:00 am

    Mary Safford Room

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  • Sunday Service (Hybrid)

    October 2, 2022  9:30 am - 10:30 am

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  • YRUU (High School Youth Group) Grades 9-12

    October 2, 2022  10:45 am - 12:00 pm

     Room 107

    No preregistration needed.
    The Young Religious Unitarian Universalist (YRUU) group allows teens to bond through exploration of personal and spiritual rituals, participation in engaging activities, and empowering social activism projects. Youth in 9th-12th grade are welcome to join YRUU at any time! Along with planning events, projects and checking in with each other, we also play games and enjoy some snacks.

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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 Membership 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.

Social Media


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