First Unitarian Church of Des Moines is a religious community of about 600 members and friends. Our community encompasses people from newborns to those in their 90s, coming from across central Iowa. In addition to two Sunday services, First Unitarian offers religious education experiences for youth and children throughout the year, as well as special events that bring our church community together.

Respect, Reverence, Belief

Our basic principles are a reverence for life, a respect for the inherent dignity of each person, and a belief in human potential. We believe in the use of reason in the quest for truth and in understanding and accepting one another. We believe that truth is better sought in community, which helps to develop tolerance and understanding in each of us. The history of our church is a reflection of these principles.

Working for Good

It is our hope that we may work for good in our local community, state, nation and world, awakening social conscience to the end of dispelling intolerance and injustice. Our congregation is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, which represents the interests of more than one thousand Unitarian Universalist congregations, with 200,000 members and children in North America. The UUA grew out of the 1961 consolidation of two religious denominations: the Universalists, organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, organized in 1825.

A Welcoming Congregation

First Unitarian Church is a Welcoming Congregation. This means the congregation has taken deliberate steps, as outlined by the Unitarian Universalist Association, to become more inclusive of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender (GLBT) people. The congregation works to address the needs of GLBT persons at every level of congregational life, welcoming not only their presence, but also the particular gifts they bring.