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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A Home in a House Called Tomorrow

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

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Church Calendar

  • Sacred Bridges CUUPS

    June 6, 2023  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Griffin Hall

    Learn to make and cast your own runes with Larry by Sacred Bridges CUUPS:

    The purpose of this class is to help others discover the mysteries of the Elder Futhark Runes. This Class will take place biweekly for sixteen classes. Participants will construct their own set of runes, learn how to pronounce each rune, cast their set of runes, and read the casting for themselves and for others.

    Each participant will receive a set of gems of their choice, paint brush, a burlap bag, and a rune casting log book. If the participant would rather have a wooden set of runes or a predesigned set of runes this option is also available also.

    Cost of class is $20 per Participant. This covers the cost of materials.


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  • Kitchen Care Team

    June 7, 2023  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Kitchen and Griffin

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  • Young Adult Group

    June 7, 2023  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Room 114

    We'll be meeting on the first Wednesday of the month, same time and place. Then, adding other roving social, spiritual, and/or service activities into the mix as the group is interested – come share your ideas with us in October!

    Contact Courtney Dufford at youngadults@ucdsm.org with questions.


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  • Bent Needles

    June 7, 2023  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

     Room 105

    Open to all! Spend a relaxing evening with fellow needleworkers and crafters. Enjoy crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, weaving, mending, quilting? From novice to experienced, all are welcome. We share tips, patterns, show off our work, and learn from each other. Whatever your handwork passion or interest , drop in for an evening of the joy of handwork!

    Contact: membership@ucdsm.org and Liz Bredeson!

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  • Recovery Group

    June 7, 2023  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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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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