Our Church

We are Unitarian Universalists

Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a non-credal religious denomination. Our members reflect many spiritual paths, including Christian, Buddhist, Pagan, Humanist, agnostic and atheist. (Yes, even atheists go to church!) We join together in our diverse beliefs through our Seven UU Principles & Six Sources, a covenant that reflects our commitment to respect each other and pursue justice for all. We welcome seekers, doubters, questioners and believers, while asking all who join us to respect our differences and celebrate our common humanity.

So what do you believe? Or maybe you don’t! Either way, we encourage you to explore Unitarian Universalism in the hope that you will find a church home with us.

We are First Unitarian Church of Des Moines

First Unitarian Church of Des Moines is a congregation of about 460 members committed to supporting spiritual growth, valuing people for who they truly are, and working to expand social justice throughout our community. We are a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association, a denomination of approximately 900 congregations across the country that bring diverse religious perspectives together into a covenantal community supporting each of our unique life journeys.

Our history in Des Moines is the story of a congregation that actively applies its values to the ways we live in a changing world. From First Unitarian’s founding in 1877 to today, we’ve provided ethical and spiritual leadership addressing the issues of the time. Get to know our story!

Today, we are a community eager to provide mutual support to each other and encourage the sharing of personal values and beliefs – efforts that enrich us all. Our current Mission and Ends Statements outline how we make this happen, as well as how we connect to our local and world communities.

UUA Designations

We are proud to have earned two important designations from the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Welcoming Congregation

In 1992, First Unitarian Church earned the Welcoming Congregation designation, which recognizes our intentional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning members of our congregation and our community. Learn about our work on LGBTQ issues.

Green Sanctuary

Go green! First Unitarian Church has been a Green Sanctuary since 2015. This award recognizes our strong commitment to our Seventh Principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Learn more about our Environmental Justice work.