Affinities and Activities
First Unitarian members and friends enjoy a variety of social and service groups. The exchange of new ideas, interests and opinions stimulates minds and builds friendships.
These groups welcome newcomers. Contact Lori Emison Clair, Director of Congregational Life at email@example.com or call 515-244-8603 Ext. 103, for details. Please see the Calendar of Events for meeting schedules.
Boys' Night Out
Need a night out? This group of gentlemen gather for a variety of activities. All men are invited to participate. Watch the Weekly Intercom for the current outings. For more information contact Steve Evans, evans.steve(at)principal(dot)com; or Ryan Beck, rbeck62(at)gmail(dot)com.
Knowledge of bridge fundamentals is necessary, but beyond that, skill levels in the group range from novice to expert. Bridge meets monthly on the first Friday of the month.
There is also a Duplicate Bridge group. You will need a partner for this monthly gathering. Playing is within the duplicate bridge general structure. Duplicate Bridge meets on the third Friday of the each month. For more information, contact Jane Swanson at jswanson(at)website-center(dot)com.
To help foster the connections within our ever-growing community, we are encouraging all Members, Friends, and Visitors to participate in Face2Face Gatherings this year. We will kick-off this year's program with a church wide gathering on Wednesday, September 12, when you will have an opportunity to have two "Face2Faces" in one evening.
You will not be asked to commit to anything, just to sit down and get to know someone for 40 minutes. Please plan on joining us and make some new UU friends! If you have questions please contact Lori Emison Clair, Director of Congregational Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls' Night Out
Need a night out? This group of ladies gather for a variety of activities. All women are invited to participate. Watch the Weekly Intercom for the current outings. For more information contact Becky Evans at beckye1212(at)yahoo(dot)com.
Great Decisions, a group that has met for many years at our church, is a discussion program produced by the Foreign Policy Association, New York City, and featuring a briefing book titled Great Decisions. The latest version of the book is available for purchase. For more information, contact Fred La Croix at f.lacroix(at)mymailstation(dot)com or 277-8967. Meets monthly on the fourth Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in the Minister's Office.
Hanging in the Hood Suppers
A great opportunity to make new friends! Groups of 8 will get together to share a meal on four occasions. Members and friends, singles and couples are invited to sign up for a group. A host and start-up date will be assigned for the first meal and then the group will be responsible for setting future sites, dates and times. Dinners may be held in a home or a restaurant. Home hosts provide the main dish and guests fill in the side dishes. If the group agrees, a host may choose to have the group eat in a restaurant (Dutch treat). Sign-up starts in September, suppers begin in October.
Interweave serves three primary purposes: (1) Provide social interaction for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and allies, (2) Publicize the church to the greater Des Moines GLBT community and anyone seeking a liberal religious environment, and (3) Help the church further its goal of supporting social justice.
The local Interweave chapter is part of Interweave Continental, Inc. Interweave meets for a Small Group Ministry meeting at church following Sunday's second service, and also sponsors a monthly happy hour, "First Friday at Five", and the annual E.A.T. (Everyone's Alternative Thanksgiving). For more information, contact Dana Stuehling at dana.stuehling(at)gmail(dot)com.
This canoeing-enthusiast group holds several outings each year. All levels of experience are invited to attend. Contact Wynell Kisner at mwk987(at)yahoo(dot)com or Mike Delaney at medelaney54(at)aol(dot)com for more information.
Small Group Ministry
A continuation of the Small Group Ministry format of the last 10 years. Members will meet the first Monday of the month, 10am - Noon. The first hour is an opportunity for members to share recent events in their lives. The second hour is a discussion around a chosen topic from the Small Group Ministry collection. For more information, contact Carol Henderson, carol(at)hendersoncentral(dot)net or 515-491-7657; or Jill Moser, jvjmoser(at)gmail(dot)com or 515-274-5086.
These small, relational groups made up of six to ten people led by trained facilitators meet once a month to establish and nurture themselves in this community, to explore and engage monthly religious service themes in more depth, and to reconnect with their deepest selves, life’s gifts, and needs greater than their own. Click here to learn more.
Unity Circle - Alliance
Unity Circle-Alliance (often referred to as "Unity Circle") began as a women's service group at First Unitarian in 1879. The group has a very proud heritage of contributions over the years to our church, our city, our state, and our national American Culture. From the Women’s suffrage movement, to social issues in early Des Moines, through post-World War II support for war refugees via the national Unitarian Service Committee and into the current group’s speakers of the month, the organization has worked to improve church life and the lives of others.
Today the group is a merger of two women's groups, Unity Circle and Evening Alliance, and now admits men into its membership. Unity Circle meets the third Thursday of most months, with a potluck at noon and a program at 1:00 p.m. Our speakers are always related to something of current interest. The yearly dues are $10 per person, however, anyone is welcome to come and enjoy the lunch and the speaker. (Our informal motto is: we eat well, talk much, sit long, and laugh lots!) For more information contact the group's president, Bob Glass at b.b.glass(at)att(dot)net.
What does it mean to have a spiritual life? First Unitarian’s Wellspring groups came about as a means to consider that question. Wellspring is a journey of the spirit, a search for understanding, a sharing of ideas and spiritual practices, and a time of reflection and learning. Click here to learn more.
New to the church? Not so new? Looking for a way to make new friends or have a night out with the guys? Our monthly men's potluck group always welcomes newcomers interested in good food and good company. This group meets at church the first Sunday of each month. For more information contact Bill Paxson at iowapaxson(at)gmail(dot)com.
Women’s Book Club
Women’s Book Club meets monthly on the third Tuesday to enjoy a meal and discussion of a selected book. For more information, contact Theresa Miller at millerta(at)wellmark(dot)com.
This group of women loves to visit over a shared meal. All women are welcome, and invited to bring a dish to share.
Young Adults Group (20's & 30's)
This group was created to connect people in their 20s and 30s in a meaningful way. We are currently committed to three elements of engagement: Service, Small Group Ministry & Community Building. In addition, there are a lot of spontaneous connections made through our active Facebook group - come check us out! We look forward to connecting with you!
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