Become a Member

At its core, being a member involves the four Ps:

  • Presence – Attend church services and programming, as you are able.
  • Participation – Get involved in the life of our community in ways that grow your soul. All new members are asked to serve on a hospitality team to assist with Sunday services six times a year by greeting visitors, ushering and providing refreshments after services.
  • Pledge – All members are expected to make and pay a regular pledge of financial support. If finances are a challenge, a waiver may be granted upon request. We believe that money should never be a barrier to membership.
  • Pass it on – Share your pride in our religious community by talking to people about our church and what it means to you!


UU and You Class

Who: Anyone wanting to know more about us or considering becoming a member.

When: Sunday, October 24, 12:00 p.m. CT; Zoom

Leader(s): Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw.

Participants will learn more about Unitarian-Universalism, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, and what it means to be a member. This is one of the two classes required for those who would like to become members.

Registration is required.

If you would like additional information, please email us at

The Membership Process

      1. Attend several services. By attending regularly, you will get a feel for our community and begin to learn more about our faith.
      2. Speak with Reverend Amy Petrie Shaw ( or a member of our Membership Committee. They will be glad to answer any questions you have.
      3. Attend a UU & You Class with Rev. Amy and the Membership Committee, and meet other people new to the community, as well as members and staff representing religious education, stewardship, social justice and more!
      4. Those who decide to formalize their membership will be given an Intent to Join form and asked to make a pledge of financial support. For special financial circumstances please talk to Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw (they/them/their). No one will be refused membership due to inability to make a financial pledge.
        • Return the form to us at, or print and mail it to First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, 1800 Bell Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50315.
        • Your pledge can be made directly on our website using our online Pledge Form. A PDF of the pledge form is also available if you would prefer to print it off and mail it to us.

We hope you that you will choose to become a member of our community! First Unitarian is a place where you’ll find opportunities to Grow Ethically and Spiritually, Serve Justly, and Love Radically. We’re eager to support you on your journey and are looking forward to welcoming you soon! If you have any questions regarding expectations of members, the membership process, or to be notified when the New Member classes will be held, please contact us at