I am delighted that you have discovered First Unitarian Church of Des Moines and that you are seeking to learn more about us.
You may have found your way to our website because someone suggested you would appreciate a Unitarian Universalist approach to religion. If you value free thought, yearn for religious exploration without dogma, and seek encouragement to grow your soul in community with others, then we could be the church for you.
Did you see our church’s name in the newspaper for our work in the community? In our more than 130-year history in Des Moines, First Unitarian has made the news many times, on behalf of women’s suffrage, civil rights, free speech, separation of church and state, and, most recently, marriage equality. If you want a religious community focused on the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals, a community where members strive to put their convictions into action, a community where pursuing equality and justice is the overarching goal of our “deeds not creeds” approach, then we could be the church for you.
Perhaps you have been looking for a religious community where atheists, agnostics, and theists are encouraged to learn from one another, to share and to grow their understandings. If you think that religious belief is a personal choice, that no single person or perspective ever has the whole truth, and that ethical considerations are more important than theological distinctions, then we could be the church for you.
Might you be seeking a congregation in which to raise your children, a religious community that doesn’t impose beliefs, but that invites each individual (of any age) to develop his or her own? If you are looking for a church where people are free to believe not as they should, but as they must, then we could be the church for you.
Maybe you have previously attended another Unitarian Universalist congregation and you are curious to know if our church is like the one you left. Was your previous congregation healthy, excited about welcoming new people, and filled with vibrant folks appreciating the gifts and challenges of community? If so, we could be the church for you.
At First Unitarian, we celebrate the connectedness of a loving, diverse church community. With open hearts and minds, we learn together, inspire each other and reach out in service beyond our doors. I encourage you to further explore this website to learn about our history, consider where our liberal religious heritage and current-day commitments line up with your own, and discover the many interest and action groups ready to welcome you. Better yet, attend a service and get to know us in person. We'll be glad you did!
On behalf of the more than 600 members and friends of our church community, we welcome the opportunity to get to know you and to introduce you to the never-ending dialogue that is our faith.
Hope to see you in church!
Rev. Mark Stringer