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.

Writing Your Spiritual Will

4 sessions; Thursdays @ 2 pm
October 1, October 15, November 5, November 19

This four-part series will be based on the appendix of the book In Later Years by Bruce T. Marshall. This book was used last year in the Saging and Aging book group.

Most of us have … read more.

End of Life Preferences

The Conversation Project – Identifying and Sharing your End of Life Preferences
3-4 sessions; Thursdays @ 2 pm
October 8, October 22, November 12, December 3

The Conversation Project is a public engagement initiative with a goal to have every person’s wishes for end-of-life care expressed and respected. It is … read more.

First Unitarian Fall Programming Kickoff

Join us to kick off the new programming year with a drive by goodie bag (contactless) pick up. Please register so we know how many bags.

Wednesday, September 30 @ 6:00 pm, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines

We have new programming, all virtual but interactive. Get … read more.

Compassion and Choices State Meeting

Compassion and Choices will hold a virtual state meeting on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 9 am to 12 PM. The keynote speaker will be Dan Diaz, the husband of Brittany Maynard. Brittany had an incurable brain tumor and opted to move from California to access … 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 Meghan and Nick Westphal.

Meghan … read more.

Social Media Survey

The Communications Team wants to hear from YOU! As we are developing our new website, we also want to know what social media you use, so the church can find the best way to communicate with you. Please click on the link to let us … read more.

Sunday RE: Children’s Chapel

Join us for youth-led Children’s Chapel with sermons from Rev. Amy and songs led by Nancy Bratt. Each week, youth will choose which songs, readings and activities they do, and learn what it means to be an UU.

Pre-registration is required for access to the private Zoom … read more.

Write Here! Write Now!

This month we’ll write to our Senators about providing immigrants access to aid in the next COVID relief bill and also about strengthening oversight of DHS.

Our UU Principles compel us to affirm that all immigrants, regardless of legal status, should be treated justly and humanely. This … read more.

2020-2021 Outreach Partners

Central Iowa Immigrant Support Coalition

The coalition’s current focus is helping immigrant families deal with issues arising from the pandemic — issues that are amplified for immigrants because of job losses in the service industries. Among the services our contributions help to provide are:

Basic needs such as … read more.

Humanist Update

The next book group meeting will be Sunday, September 20, when we will finish discussing Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen. The group start a new book on October 4, and would love to have some new people join us then! We will announce the book in the next couple … read more.