Questions? Contact Laura Berardi, Membership Coordinator at or 244-8603 x103.

These classes offer an opportunity for visitors to learn more about our church and our faith:

First Steps: Get to Know Unitarian Universalism & Our Church

SECOND Sunday of every month, 11:00 am (1 hour), gather at the Welcome Desk

You are invited to join us as we gather together to get acquainted with the basics of Unitarian Universalism and our vibrant community. There are many ways to connect with the church and we look forward to discussing the unique opportunities offered by First Unitarian Church of Des Moines. No registration required, just drop in. Child care available on all Sunday mornings.

Introduction to the UU Journey

Tuesdays, September 18, 25 & October 2 (2018), 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Thursdays, January 17, 24 & 31 (2019), 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mondays, March 25, April 1 & 8 (2019), 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Are you new to Unitarian Universalism or our church? Or maybe you’re not new but would like to know more people and explore our faith? Join us for this three-session class to reflect on our spiritual journeys, explore core Unitarian Universalist values, and connect with others. Register by filling out the form below. Child care is available upon request. Minimum of 5 participants needed for the class to occur.

Pathway to Membership

Tuesdays, October 16 & 23 (2018), 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Thursdays, February 21 & 28 (2019), 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mondays, April 22 – 29 (2019), 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Ready to join? We are a convenantal faith rather than a creedal faith. In this two-part session, we discuss what it means to make commitments about how we are going to be together in religious community rather than requiring adherence to a set of beliefs. This class articulates these commitments – these covenants – as well as the rights and responsibilities of membership. At the end of the of Pathways, those wishing to officially join the church will be invited to sign the Membership Book.

People considering joining the church are encouraged to take the Introduction to the UU Journey class in addition to Pathway to Membership. Register by filling out the form below. Child care is available upon request. Minimum of 5 participants needed for the class to occur.

Newcomer Circle

Tuesdays, July 31, August 7, 14, & 21, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Tuesdays, November 13 & 27, December 4 & 11 (2018), 6:30 – 8 pm
Thursdays, March 14 & 28, April 11 & 25 (2019), 6:30 – 8 pm
Mondays, May 20, June 3 & 17, July 1 (2019), 6:30 – 8 pm

Whether you’re reflecting on your own spiritual journey and where it is taking you, getting to know Unitarian Universalism on a deeper level, or looking to connect with more people at First Unitarian, Newcomer Circles may be right for you! Over four sessions we explore all of these topics utilizing short readings and sharing our own stories. These small groups (no more than 10 per group) utilize the “circle” format and are designed especially for those new to First Unitarian, whether visitor or member. Register by filling out the form below. Participants should plan on attending at least 3 of the 4 sessions, with the first session being required. Child care available upon request. New groups will be forming 3-4 times per year.

Please fill out the form below to register for the Intro to Unitarian Universalism and/or Pathway to Membership:

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