Author: Communications

Donate to AMOS and Get Cookies

Tired? Overworked? In need of a boost? Feel better fast. DONATE any amount of $$$$ today to AMOS to further the critical work on children’s mental health, affordable housing and much more. AND for your donation of any amount earn a thank you gift of a … read more.

Membership Minute

This week, we’re happy to introduce you to new member, Cheryl Long.

I actually came to First Unitarian 35 years ago and got married in the church to my husband Greg. Then I got lost along the way but now I am found again at the … read more.

Foster Orientation

Join Emily Easton, the Four Oaks Foster and Adoptive Family Connections Recruitment Coordinator, on Zoom on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm to find out more about fostering and adopting here in the Des Moines area of Iowa.

Four Oaks works with families and parents of all kinds, including … read more.

Write Here! Write Now!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Corps has had to suspend hand delivery of letters to members of Congress in Washington, D.C., but relationships with House and Senate staff are being maintained.  The UUSJ Advocacy Corps volunteers will … read more.

Congregational Survey Report

The Lens of Future Church committee is happy to announce that we have completed analysis of responses to the Congregation Survey conducted in early August. 198 people completed the survey and your responses were rich, diverse and, at times, touching. From the wide range of thoughts and … read more.

Humanist Update

** Book Group **
The Humanist book group has started a lively discussion of Isabel Wilkerson’s new book – Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Chapters 4 through 6 will be covered in the next session on Sunday, October 18 at 11:00 am.

The author provides a portrait of … read more.

New Member Class

If you are interested in joining our community, you’ll want to come to UU and You. This class is taught by Reverend Amy Petrie Shaw and Lyra Halsten. You’ll learn the history of Unitarian Universalist, as well as the history of the First Unitarian Church … read more.

Holiday Parties

It’s getting to that time of year! Our holiday parties have been something that we all look forward to every year. Even though we can’t be together in person this year, we can still have our celebrations. If you are interested in helping to plan … read more.

Membership Minute

We’d like to introduce Nora Kirchner. Nora’s first visit to First Unitarian was on December 8, 2019 and she joined our community this year. She is a retired high school Spanish teacher.

“I was born in Vienna where my father was a member of the party … read more.

Humanist Update

** Book Group **
The Humanist book group will be starting a new book by Isabel Wilkerson – Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents on Sunday, October 4 @ 11 am.

The author provides a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an … read more.

Building Beloved Community in the Time of Coronavirus

Last week your family cumulatively attended 117 digital gatherings…or last week, you didn’t talk to a single person…or last week, you found yourself crying and couldn’t imagine who to connect to…or honestly, you quietly appreciate this break from routine…

Whether you’ve been active the last 6 … read more.

Chalice Groups

Small Social Groups have been renamed Chalice Groups. The purpose of the groups remains the same – to create connections and build community between our members; only the name has been changed.

The desire for connection remains strong among our members. The Chalice Groups are here … read more.

Check-In Phone Calls & Emails

Starting in October, we’ll be resuming check-in calls/emails to members of the congregation. If you weren’t able to participate this spring, now is your chance as several slots are open! We’re looking for nine additional individuals to take over the open rosters. Callers will be … read more.

Membership Minute

On Sunday, September 13, we welcomed 16 new members into our First Unitarian family! In order to help everyone get to know each other, we will be featuring members in the Intercom each week. This week, we are happy to introduce Warren Stine.

Warren Stine joined … read more.

Notice of Special Congregational Meeting

A Special Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:30 am. The purpose of this meeting is to vote on the church budget for the remainder of the fiscal year. (2020-2021) As you may recall, the congregation voted on … read more.

It’s Saturday Night Live! Junior Edition!

Anyone else desperate to see some different faces in the house lately?? Introducing Saturday Night Live, Jr! Each week we will go on an adventure, without ever having to leave the house! Just like on Sunday mornings, we will gather around to sing, read a book, and … read more.

Book Group: Truth and Post-Truth

8 sessions: Mondays @ 6:30 pm
October 5 – November 23

Our 4th UU Principle is a “Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning”

We will read and discuss Post-Truth by Lee McIntyre.

Book description (from Amazon) – “Are we living in a post-truth world, where “alternative facts” replace actual facts and feelings have more … read more.