Author: Devon McClurken

Journey of Accompaniment

Michael and Karen Lauer have officially been sponsoring an asylum-seeker since November 10, 2018. Asylum-seekers cannot be released from detention without U.S. citizen sponsors. Homeland Security has approved Michael and Karen as sponsors.

The Iowa Sanctuary Movement (ISM), of which First Unitarian is a … read more.


The overall team is growing, and specific support teams are taking shape. More people are always needed. Please join us for our next meeting on Sunday, August 25 at 11:30 in the Mary Safford Room.

Barb and Bruce Martin have volunteered to be the “official” sponsors … read more.

Pastoral Care in July

Rev. Erin Gingrich holds the Pastoral Care portfolio in July. Although she plans to take some time for rest and study this month, she is available for urgent pastoral needs in July and will be liaising with the Pastoral Team and the July Pastoral Team … read more.

Stowe Elementary Lunch Buddy Program

***Needs help recruiting***
(Short-term commitment)
Needs Lunch Buddy volunteers
(1x/week for semester)

Stowe Elementary in Des Moines needs help setting up a Lunch Buddy program. Our own First Unitarian member, Jennifer Williams is the principal. We are looking for 1-2 folks initially to help recruit volunteers from across the … read more.

Humanist Book Study Group

Sunday, May 19, Rm. 103 at 9:30 A.M. will be the final 2 Chapters of, ‘Swerve, How the World Became Modern”. We will discuss articles for Summer study.

We WILL meet during the summer months from 11: 00 A.M. until noon , following the single Sunday Service. The 1st and … read more.

Funeral Memorial Team re-forming!

Help is needed now, but first a huge Thank You to Pat Peterson for heading this compassionate service group for so many years. Pat recruited Susan Jellinger to continue this caring service the church offers after a death in a family,. So Susan seeks additional … read more.

We have a new Senior Minister!

The Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce the election of Reverend Amy Shaw as the new Senior Minister of Des Moines First Unitarian Church.  Rev. Shaw was elected by a congregational membership vote of 240-21, a vote of 92% in support.  We look forward to … read more.

Regional Assembly Registration Now Open!


Registration is now open for the 2019 MidAmerica Regional Assembly. This year, our Regional Assembly will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel, April 5-7, 2019.

Please click the following link to find out more information about Regional Assembly including pricing, hotel information, … read more.

Food Still Maters 2019 Schedule

Food Still Matters, in partnership with VegLife Des Moines, hosts a community vegan meal on the first Thursday of the month with the aim to foster relationships in the community and allow people to try new vegan dishes! All are welcome to attend: veg curious, … read more.

Gentle Yoga

Teacher Jodi Stanfield
Beginning January 9th 6:45-7:30 pm Mary Safford Room
Bring a mat (or thick towel) and strap (or a tie or sash)
Free will donation.

Feminine Energy Gathering

Looking to find some Feminine Energy to connect with? Come become part of a fluid, creative space where we might do some drumming, maybe read and share from such texts as “Women who runs with wolves”, some singing, some dancing or….. It will be organic, nurturing … read more.

To All at First Unitarian

Many thanks for your generous spirit as you welcomed me, your visiting associate minister. I felt held in grace by all of you. It was fun. It was stimulating and it was so good to be with such a vibrant community. Blessings to you all.

Rev. Ginger Luke