ucdsm calendar List

  • Tech Time

    May 18, 2022  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Stonewall Conference Room

    Join Cody for free technical consultation

    Cody will be available to answer your questions about your computers, tablets, cell phones, bluetooth devices, password management, and many things in-between! Please bring your devices and all applicable cords, documentation, and manuals with you to First Unitarian Church. 


    Cody is also available on a volunteer basis at the following locations and times:

    Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. at the Des Moines Public Library Central Location | Find him in the Tech Central Room!

    Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Dining Room at Plymouth Place

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  • Bell Choir Rehearsal

    May 18, 2022  5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

    Contact: Karen Kraemer choir@ucdsm.org

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  • Toolbox of Faith

    May 18, 2022  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Registration OPEN; new children may join at any time.

    Who: Grades K – 6

    When: 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.CT, March 23 – May 25

    Where: Room 111- Outside as weather permits

    Leader(s): Terry Meeks

    Reflects on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools we can use in living our lives and building our own faith.

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  • Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Curriculum

    May 18, 2022  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Registration OPEN (Closes on September 15)

    Who: Grade 7 – 8

    When: 6:00-7:30 p.m. CT, September 15 – May 25

    Where: Outside, Room 107

    Leader(s): Kim Gunnes, Chelsea Hayes, Ben Spadt, Holly Hanson

    Specially trained volunteer facilitators help participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. The curriculum equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

    OWL for 7/8 Grade will be capped at 12 participants, with priority given to First Unitarian member families. If a substantially higher number of participants is expected, other options will be explored with the Director of Faith Formation.

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  • Coming of Age

    May 18, 2022  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Registration OPEN (Closes on September 8)

    Who: Grade 8 – 9

    When: 6:00-7:30 p.m. CT, September 8 – May 18

    Where: Room 108

    Leader(s): Katherine Sutton, Sally Boeckholt, Mark Metz

    When we provide the time and opportunities for authentic relationships to develop, youth can gradually experience powerful transformation – they “come of age.” With the help of their families and their church community, they learn who they are, and can decide what they stand for. This is how each youth creates their own empowering story leading to the development of a faith statement. To help with this process, the “Big Questions” are tackled each week, including:

    • What do you believe about God?
    • What happens after we die?
    • How do you live a moral life?
    • Why do bad things happen?

    Each youth is paired up with a carefully chosen adult mentor from the congregation. Youth and mentors meet about twice a month and also complete a service project together. The year begins with a parent/youth meeting to share information about the Coming of Age year, and concludes with a celebration dinner and Coming of Age Sunday morning service planned and lead by the youth to include presenting their own faith statements.

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