Immigration Justice Announcementt

This Sunday March 15, join SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Des Moines Chapter for an “Immigration 101” presentation by Jody Mashek of American Friends Service Committee.

The presentation will cover the basics of the immigration system and specifically ICE detention. Please join us to grow … read more.

Church Email Addresses

Many of you may have noticed that we have been replacing personal email addresses with church addresses when advertising upcoming events. We are avoiding publicizing personal contact information whenever possible to help protect you as individuals. The addresses we are creating are actually email groups … read more.

Forum: Mental Health Care in Iowa

Are you concerned that Iowa ranks at the bottom of states regarding mental health care? Do you want information on how the 2020 Iowa Legislature and Governor plan to fund mental health? If so, please join us on Sunday, March 8 at 11:00 am for … read more.

Transgender 102 Training

On February 25 at 6:00 pm, join us as the Transgender Action Group welcomes Fr. Zeb back to Channing Hall for a presentation on ministering to and supporting trans people.

After training about the varieties of gender identities and pronouns, many in faith communities still struggle … read more.

Mental Health Day at the Legislature

AMOS Save the Date – March 11, 2020
Mental Health Day at the Legislature
Iowa State Capitol

We had a great response to our Legislative Day on January 29. Many thanks to all who participated! We want to keep the momentum going and offer another day to talk … read more.

Financial Health of Our Congregation

Put it on your calendar!

The next Financial Health in Our Congregation is set for Thursday, February 11th from 6:30 – 8 pm in Channing Hall.

The topic is metrics: Measuring What Matters.

How do we evaluate the health of our congregation? What should we track? How do we … read more.

Building Partnerships for American Resistance

Dana Fisher, author of “American Resistance: from the Women’s March to the Blue Wave” will be speaking at First Unitarian Church of Des Moines on Saturday, February 22 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm that includes a presentation followed by discussion and book signing.

As professor of sociology at the University … read more.

Asylum Team Update

by Bruce Martin
Our church is about to welcome two new asylum-seekers, a father and teenage daughter from Guatemala. Their arrival stems from our Asylum Team’s efforts that began in July and have involved many church members. This follows the previous work of Karen and Mike … read more.

First Unitarian Church Spring Forums @ 11:00 am, Channing Hall

February 9: Suzanne Herzog: Essential Steps in Practical and (Finally) Effective Healthcare Reform
Suzanne Herzog, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate, will present the forum “Essential Next Steps for Practical and (finally) Effective Healthcare Reform.” Suzanne is an RN and a health care economist. She is an informed practitioner and … read more.

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.