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

P(r)aying Attention

Join Elliott Nolte for an exploration of developing a personal prayer practice based on attentiveness to story and spirit.

Join the live service on Zoom!

Zoom Passcode: Safford

(Please mute your mic before the service begins!)

Click here for the Order of Service (updates every Friday afternoon)


P(r)aying Attention

Please join us 30 minutes after our Sunday Service for a follow-up discussion on this week’s sermon, P(r)aying Attention. Meet new people, share, and hear reflections on the service. We will provide you with two or three discussion questions at the forum and then meet in small groups for attendees to share their thoughts.

Church Calendar

  • Leadership Support Group Set-UP/Clean-UP

    July 20, 2024  8:30 am - 11:00 am

     Griffin Hall
    Volunteer Training series

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  • Celebrant Team Meeting

    July 20, 2024  9:00 am - 10:00 am


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  • Leadership Support Group

    July 20, 2024  9:00 am - 10:30 am

      Griffin Hall
    Volunteer Training series- 
    We will meet 6 Saturday mornings: April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15
    Everyone is welcome to attend.
    We will use a UUA curriculum, "Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining," in the form of webinars. Everyone is welcome, and leaders are particularly encouraged to attend. If you're part of a group but not a leader, you'll come away with a better understanding of healthy group dynamics.
    If you can't commit to all six sessions, you can catch up by watching the webinars on your own.

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  • mUUvie Discussion Group

    July 20, 2024  7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Room 107

    "The Invention of Lying" watch party and discussion 

    Please join the mUUvie Discussion Group on Saturday, July 20th to watch the 2009 comedy, "The Invention of Lying". In a world where people speak the truth and have no concept of deception, a man about to lose everything invents the “lie” and goes on to change not just the nature of movie-making, but creates the basis of religion. After much effort, he also gets the girl he loves. Starring Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner.


    We will meet in room 107 from 7-9:30. Popcorn (and ice cream!) will be provided. Bring your own drink.

    RSVP to mUUvie@ucdsm.org to let us know you are coming!

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  • Childcare

    July 21, 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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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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