A Unitarian Universalist Church | 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines, IA 50315 | P: 515-244-8603
This Sunday, January 2, 2022
CRT and Thee
with Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw
9:30 am in the Auditorium
What is Critical Race Theory and how does it impact us? Come and learn about this hot-button issue, and explore its impact on your life and your spiritual practice!
No Forum
This Sunday, January 2
Joys & Concerns
Joys & Concerns for Sunday should be submitted by noon on Friday.
Click on the Caring Community webpage for the following options:

  • Caring Ministry – for temporary assistance, such as meals or rides, or to volunteer 
  • Pastoral Care – for support through a difficult time 
  • Senior Minister – for an acute need (515-244-8603, ext. 102)
Pastoral Care: Jan. 2 — Jan. 8
Jim Carty is the Pastoral Care Associate available for the week beginning at
10:30 am this Sunday. Email pastoralcareteam@ucdsm.org for assistance or call the Associate's telephone number in the church directory.
In Memory of Beloved Congregation Member Evelyn Glazebrook
from The Pastoral Care Team
Long time and cherished member Evelyn Glazebrook died on Christmas Day. She was in hospice care in Michigan where her daughter, Linda, lives. Her obituary will be in the paper, probably this weekend, Jan. 1 or 2. There will be a memorial service at the church at a later date. Contact Jill Moser for further information.
Pandemic Update
from The Board President and Vice President
As the pandemic— and particularly the rapidly spreading omicron variantremains a disruptor in our lives, we are continuing to monitor the safety of our congregational community. We are watching both public health data and guidelines as well as recommendations and action by the UUA for how we gather safely. It is concerning to hear in recent days of many other UU churches choosing to go back to exclusively online programming.
Our objective is to do everything we can to avoid transmission without shutting down any of our programs and services. To do so in light of the ease of transmission of the recent viral variant, may require additional temporary mitigation measures for in-person gatherings. The board will continue to discuss this issue and may be considering this subject further at our next board meeting on January 6.
In the meantime, we continue to ask everyone who enters our church to be masked and vaccinated. But as we continue through this time of high levels of viral transmission, we also want to stress the importance of taking appropriate measures including wearing your mask whenever you leave your home, in respect for the interdependent web of which we are all a part. 
-Greg Nichols & Reba Eagles
It’s a New Year for a New Kitchen
from The Kitchen Project Committee
The kitchen project is proceeding!

• We’ve received a thumbs up from the Board of Trustees to proceed with the project based on the final design and committed funding.

Tentative approval has been received for the use of additional Endowment Funds for possible cost overruns.

A congregational vote has been scheduled for Sunday, January 30, at 11 a.m. to approve moving forward with the construction phase.

Stay tuned for our announcement next week of how you can help us raise the final funds needed to make a new kitchen a reality. Contributions of any level are being accepted now by PushPay (check the Kitchen Project) or checks made out to the Church and marked for the Kitchen Project. If you want to make sure you get credit for a contribution in 2021, be sure that your check is received with a postmark of December 31 or earlier.  Alternatively, you can make a donation via PushPay here before midnight on December 31.
Humanist Book Group - January Meeting
from The Humanist Book Group
The Humanist Book Group (usually) meets on the first and third Sunday of each month, after the church service. This month we are continuing with our reading of The Constitution of Knowledge: In Defense of Truth by Johnathan Rauch. In our next meeting, we will be discussing chapter 8. Join us at 11:05 a.m. on Sunday, January 2. We will meet at the Stine Barn and online. 

Send a note to HumanistBookGroup@ucdsm.org if you would like an invite to join the Zoom session for the book club.
IUUWAN Focuses on Building Partnerships
from IUUWAN & Iowa Justice Action Network (IJAN)
The Iowa Unitarian Universalist Witness Advocacy Network (IUUWAN) is pleased to announce that we have become a member organization of the Iowa Environmental Council. The Iowa Environmental Council is hosting a 45 minute webinar on Wednesday, January 5, from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. entitled 2022 Legislative Preview. To learn more and to register for the webinar, please visit the website.

Iowa Justice Action Network (IJAN) will be advocating for criminal justice reform this legislative session. During the month of January, IJAN will be hosting Tuesdays with IJAN. Our first Zoom session will be on Tuesday, January 11, at 6:30 PM, and the topic will be probation reform.  It will be led by Devin Mehaffey, who has been working on this issue with the Reform Alliance.  They have a specific bill they are pushing, HF678, which will make important changes in Iowa's probation system to make it operate more fairly.

On Tuesday, January 18, IJAN will be discussing several proposals to reform the sentence of "life without parole" which we believe has been administered too harshly and unfairly in many cases. 

Submissions to the Intercom Weekly are due on Wednesday at 12 noon. Submissions after the deadline cannot be guaranteed a spot in that week's newsletter.
 For a full list of upcoming meetings and events, please visit our church calendar.
Tax Contribution 2021 Deadline
from Charles Lewis, Director of Finance and Administration
If you want to make sure you get credit for a contribution in 2021, be sure that your check is mailed in with a postmark of December 31 or earlier.

Alternatively, initiate a transaction via PushPay here before midnight on December 31.

Please do not try to bring a check to the church, as the building will be mostly closed between Christmas and New Year’s while the staff enjoys a break.
Transform your concern for the world into action!
from Pachamama Alliance - Iowa
All UUs are invited to take advantage of a free 2-hour Awakening the Dreamer self-paced class provided by Pachamama Alliance. This carefully crafted content has inspired thousands worldwide to find their roles in creating an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. Click
here to learn more or to register for this free course.

If this course inspires you as it has so many others, there is a more intensive follow-up online course, the 8-week Global Pachamama Alliance Game Changer Intensive, which includes small group discussions. (The cost of this 8-week program is collected at the end of the course, based on your decision and financial means). The registration deadline is January 9.

These opportunities are free or inexpensive ways for UUs to go beyond asking “What actions we can take” to the more profound question “Who do we want to be?” in ways that will move us to a more just, sustainable, and fulfilling world. Please begin by registering for Awakening the Dreamer now, and finish this 2-hour course before January 9 in time to decide if the Game Changer Intensive is right for you.

FUMAF 2022 Wants You!
from The Stewardship Committee
FUMAF (First Unitarian Music & Arts Festival) 2022 is fast-approaching! February 26, 2022, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines (1stUCDSM) will host a showcase of members' and friends' musician performances and artist works.

We need volunteers for this and future FUMAF events! The goal is to create a team of FUMAF co-leaders who can work with 1stUCDSM Staff to help produce the program. No one person will be entirely responsible for the event— we want to build a team to guide and collaborate on FUMAF this year and into the future.

Additionally, if you know a local artist or musician who would like to know more about the event, please refer them to the Art at First Unitarian page of the church website.

Contact communications@ucdsm.org for more details!
If you wish to add your meeting or event to our calendar, please contact: calendar@ucdsm.org
Spring 2022 OWL Class Enrollment Open!
Grade K–1
6:00 - 7:30 pm April 3rd – May 25
  • Mandatory Parent Meeting: Sunday, April 3, 2022 4PM
  • Parent/Child Orientation Program: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
  • Faciltators: Anne Stamper, Ken McCann
  • This 8-session program supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families, and promotes dialog between parents and children.

Grade 5–6
6:00–7:30pm Jan 2 – March 30
  • Mandatory Parent Meeting: Sunday, January 2, 2022 4PM
  • Parent/Child Orientation Program: Wednesday, January 5, 2022
  • Facilitators: Anne Stamper, Meg Notch
  • This is an 10-session program for learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants will read It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris, and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication and decision-making. Each session includes a HomeLink – a homework activity for parents and children to complete together.

If you'd like to set up a regular (weekly or monthly) contribution to our social justice activities, click here and enter the dollar amount for "Donation." 
1619 Project Revisited
From: Harvey Harrison
1619 Project Revisited will take place January 24-March 7 (no meeting February 14) from 6:30-8:15 PM on Mondays. All sessions will be live online experiences via Zoom and will be recorded for asynchronous viewing. This program is Open to ALL and will be meaningful to anyone who participated in 2020 as well as new participants.

Because registration for Plymouth’s 1619 Project Revisited is limited due to ZOOM capacity, early registration is strongly recommended. Registration will close on January 10 (or sooner if registration is filled).

Just Voices Community Project: "People's History"
From: Just Voices Iowa
Just Voices, an Iowa nonprofit organization whose mission includes ending racially biased policing in Des Moines, has initiated a project to prepare a “People’s History” of the 2020 racial justice protests in Des Moines that followed the murder of George Floyd on May 27.

We want this to be a community project, to raise up the voices of those who were a part of this transformative time. To do this, we need your help. We want to hear your story; we want to know what impact this has had on you; we want you to participate in the ongoing effort to effect the changes in how we address public safety in the 21st Century.

Read the full article here!

For more information, email info@justvoicesiowa.org.
Faith in Action Partners
Knock and Drop | Just Voices
Our current partnerships run from September 2021 through August 2022. They were selected by our members at our June 2021 annual meeting. The organizations are:
Our Champion is Gene McCracken
Our Champion is Harvey Harrison
Staff Office Hours & Contact Info
Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw, Senior Minister
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Scheduled appointments only)
Saturday: By appointment only
https://calendly.com/revamypshaw - Please use to schedule appts

Charles Lewis, Director of Finance and Administration
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm CT (available by phone or email)
Zoom meetings available on request

Devon McClurken, Director of Faith Formation
Tuesday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Emily Petty, Communications Coordinator
Tuesdays: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Other times by appt.
To submit an item for the Intercom, email communications@ucdsm.org

Hannah Notch, Social Media and Executive Support Specialist
Tuesday - Friday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
To have an event or meeting added to the church calendar, email Hannah at calendar@ucdsm.org
Intercom Weekly Submissions
Deadline: Wednesday @ 12 noon

  • In the body of an email, please include a title, relevant dates and times, contact information, and a brief description of your event or announcement.

  • Please proofread your article before submitting (or ask a trusted friend to proofread if you need help!) We try to check every article, but we still miss things.

  • An image can help make your article stand out! Please feel free to attach an image to your email. (JPG or PNG files are preferred.) Note: images that violate copyright laws will be rejected.

  • The Intercom Weekly is sent out to our mailing list on Friday at 7:00 am.

  • We run announcements for no more than three consecutive weeks, so please plan accordingly.

  • Per church policy, we do not share private email addresses or phone numbers in our communications. We will set up an @ucdsm.org email address for you as the contact person for your group which will automatically forward to your private email, so you won't have to do anything special to view it. (Please allow a few extra days for us to set up the email when you submit your announcement.)

Please email communications@ucdsm.org to submit your information.
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