Author: Kerrie Lee

January Board Highlights

During its January 16 monthly meeting the Board of Trustees focused on how to implement its goals for the remainder of the church year, the means by which our church will promote its new mission and vision statements, and voted to support the staff recommendation … read more.

Congregational Report

The Financial Oversight Committee met on January 8th. At the meeting, the most recent monthly financial reports were reviewed. We are currently seeking an individual to become a committee member and will have an additional opening in June.

Accounts set to be randomly reviewed at future … read more.


Sunday, January 26 @ 11:00 am, Channing Hall

Learn about patterns and trends in homelessness and affordable housing locally and across the state, including distribution of resources. Also learn of strategies that are being adopted to address homelessness in Iowa and elsewhere. We will discuss how … read more.

Faith in Action Coordinating Committee

For more than five years, Faith in Action has offered 2 month partnerships with 501C3 organizations such as Young Women’s Resource Center, Family Promise, and Planned Parenthood. Your current team of Gene McCracken, Ginny Malcomson, and Katie Allen will be stepping away at the end of … read more.

Board of Trustees Goals for Congregational Life

The Board needs your help! One of the goals this year for the Board is to be more welcoming. As with any goal, data needs to be collected. Therefore we are asking you to complete this simple 2 question survey about member satisfaction.

Thank you for … read more.

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

The work is done and now it is time to celebrate! Come join us for an Appreciation Chili Dinner on Friday, January 31 at 6:30 pm. This celebration is open to those of you that offered your hands and hearts to making the 7:00 pm Christmas Eve … read more.


Despite growing need, Iowa’s mental health services are ranked with the lowest in the nation due to lack of beds, mental health providers, and equitable reimbursement. However, the AMOS postcard campaign is making a difference! We need to take that momentum into the legislative session!

Join … read more.

Migrant Justice Forum/Film Screening

Join members of the Immigration Justice Team for a forum on Sunday, January 19 at 9:15 – 10:15 am in Channing Hall to hear the latest about First Unitarian’s immigration justice work. The forum will include a screening of the documentary film, The Last Dream, … read more.

Board Highlights

Starting today, each month the Board of Trustees will provide you with highlights of its most recent meeting via an issue of Intercom Weekly. During the Board’s December 19 meeting the Board was pleased to pass a motion that the church pay an additional $2147.50 … read more.

Upcoming Budget Roundtables

You are invited to join Rev. Amy Shaw and DFA Charles Lewis for one of three budget round tables. Our mission tells us we are going to grow ethically and spiritually, serve justly, and love radically. How should we apportion our resources to do that … read more.

Unity Circle: January 16

Matt McCoy, Polk County Supervisor, will be the speaker at Unity Circle on January 16. Bring a dish for the potluck, have some fun, and enjoy! Things start at noon with Matt at 1:00 pm.

January/February Outreach Partner

Home Forward Iowa is honored and delighted to be First Unitarian’s Faith in Action Community partner for January and February of 2020. HFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization on behalf of Iowans experiencing homelessness. We hope over the coming weeks to create a better … read more.

Resilience Screening and Discussion

Resilience Screening and Discussion for Faith-Based Communities scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at First Unitarian.

Please join staff from Iowa ACEs 360, members from First Unitarian and other faith communities, as well as staff from our faith in action partners in viewing the award-winning film Resilience. Resilience provides information about … read more.

Women’s Lunch: January

fJane Flagler will host women’s lunch on Tuesday, January 14 at 12:30. We will meet at FireCreek at 800 50th St., in West Des Moines. (Off of Mills Civic Parkway behind Walgreens.)

Please RSVP to Jane by January 12. Hope to see you there!

Christmas Eve Service Listening Circle

The second Christmas Eve service at 7 pm on 12/24/19 promises to be a powerful experience. It may unsettle your thoughts and emotions. Michael Lauer will be facilitating a listening circle after the service from 8 pm to 9 pm in room 114. This circle will provide you an … read more.

Adult Faith Formation: Spring 2020 Classes

Three new courses available for Adult Faith Formation in the spring.  Click here to register for them:

Apophatic Mysticism

Wednesdays, 12 noon Rm 114

Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 (alt Feb 5)

Materials Needed:

In Love With Everything: Apophatic Mysticism, The Benefits and Dangers of Love Without Reason

Class … read more.