Religious Education for Children, Youth and Families

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

Religious Education at First Unitarian Church of Des Moines is a place of connection and growth at every age. Our goals are the development of an enjoyment and appreciation of worship, reverence for the sacred and all life, a rich and meaningful spiritual life, and an enduring connection with Unitarian Universalism.

We offer liberal religious exploration, drawn from our Unitarian Universalist traditions, which affirms the great spiritual truths of all religions. We assist each child in nurturing a spiritual life, ethical awareness, Unitarian Universalist identity, and faith development. The Religious Education Committee, together with the Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth, carefully choose our curricula that best fit these objectives in age-appropriate groupings. For more information, contact Tracy Beck, Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth, at or 515-244-8603 Ext. 104.