The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds on the young, but to stir up their own: not to make them see with our eyes , but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own.        — W. E. Channing

Faith Formation at First Unitarian Church of Des Moines is a place of connection and growth at every age. We offer liberal religious exploration, drawn from our Unitarian Universalist traditions, which affirms the great spiritual truths of all religions.
Our goals are to develop:

  • an enjoyment and appreciation of worship
  • reverence for the sacred and all life
  • a rich and meaningful spiritual life
  • an enduring connection with Unitarian Universalism

Information for Families

We assist each child in nurturing a spiritual life, ethical awareness, Unitarian Universalist identity, and faith development. The Faith Formation Council, together with the Director of Religious Education, carefully choose our curricula that best fit these objectives in age-appropriate groupings. For more information, contact Tracy Beck, Director of Religious Education, at dre@ucdsm.org or 515-244-8603 Ext. 104.

Here’s some information you will find especially helpful.

  • All children attending faith formation classes (not in childcare) start the morning with their family in the service and walk down to the classrooms together after the children’s story/message.
  • A designated responsible adult for children 14 years and younger must be on the church premises on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, or at events.
  • Children in 3rd grade and under must be picked up from their classroom by their designated adult at the end of class. Older children will be released on their own. If your child attends both class times, your child must join you during coffee hour.
  • ALL families must complete a Faith Formation registration form to enroll children in classes and/or childcare. Click here to fill out an on-line registration form, or pick one up in the church office.
  • Families are encouraged to participate in the Faith Formation program through multiple volunteer opportunities. Contact Tracy Beck at 244-8603 ext. 104 or via email at dre@ucdsm.org.

A Safe Community

  • All teachers sign a Code of Ethics at the beginning of the year.
  • Background checks for all teachers and childcare workers will be conducted every five years, unless circumstances change.
  • Two teachers will be present in the classroom at all times.
  • The Director of Religious Education is a mandatory reporter of any suspected child abuse or neglect.

Visitors

  • Visitors are encouraged to have the Director of Religious Education give them a tour of classrooms.
  • Visiting families should complete a Child Visitor form available at the Visitor Table or in classrooms.
  • Any parent or guardian is welcome to attend and observe classes on Sunday mornings and/or Wednesday evenings.

RE Council Members

  • Lisa Houchins
  • Anne Stamper
  • Wendy Hoogeveen
  • Judy Walden
  • Janine Choudhury
  • Chelsea Hayes