A Unitarian Universalist Church | 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines, IA 50315 | P: 515-244-8603
This Sunday, June 19, 2022
Nothing New Under the Sun
with Birch Spick
The Summer Solstice reminds us that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Our lives are full of their own particularities, but we play them out on a greater cosmic stage. The seasons change, the sun moves up and down across the horizon, and we can always situate ourselves in a greater order of things, no matter what joys,
sorrows, or conflicts we encounter along the way. This Sunday, join us in considering how the constants of our lives can anchor us among the change.

Zoom Passcode: Safford
(Please mute your mic before the service begins!)
No Forum

Forums are over for the 2021-2022 church year. Please join us this autumn when we resume our regularly scheduled programming!
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 
  • Please note: the Caring Ministry phone number is now
  • 515-244-8603 ext. 108
  • Pastoral Care – for support through a difficult time 
Pastoral Care: June 19 — 25
Susan Jellinger is the Pastoral Care Associate available for the week beginning at
10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Email pastoralcareteam@ucdsm.org for assistance or call the Associate's telephone number in the church directory.
Conversations With Rev. David Pyle, MidAmerica UUA Regional Lead & Congregational Life Consultant
from the Board of Trustees
Rev. Pyle will hold a congregational meeting on Saturday, June 18th at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome. He plans to have a conversation with us about how we are moving forward as a congregation without a full-time minister. He will be answering questions from the congregation and having a dialogue with us about our next steps. While this is Rev. Pyle’s first visit to Des Moines, it is in no way his last.

No passcode is required, but you must be signed into a Zoom account in order to join this meeting. If you do not have a Zoom account, please create a free one before trying to join this meeting.
Please Note! Additional Board Meetings & Forums thru June 2022
from the Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is hosting meetings and forums (listed below) on an adjusted schedule through June 2022.

  • Meeting: Wednesday, June 29, at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Service June 26:
Live Broadcast of GA Sunday Service
Coffee Hour BEFORE the Service!
11:30 a.m. in Griffin Hall
On Sunday, June 26, join us in Griffin Hall at 11:30 a.m. to watch the 2022 General Assembly Sunday Service, broadcast live from Portland, OR. People may also view this service via Zoom.

Please email celebrants@ucdsm.org for more details.

Hospitality will run from 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. – NO after-service coffee hour.
Join us before the 11:30 a.m. service for our usual socialization.
To sign up for Circle Suppers
from the Circle Supper Planning Group
What are they?
For those of you new to Circle Suppers: in the past, they have been a small group (4-5 households) of church members or friends who meet for dinner and friendly discussions for a limited time (usually 4-5 months.). The purpose is community building by getting to know other church members or friends in a more intimate setting Each household usually hosts/hostesses the group one time and the meals are potlucks arranged by the person having the dinner at their home that month.


How do I sign up?
Here is a virtual sign-up form, or you can sign up in the foyer at church after the service.


Green Sanctuary: Notes & News
The Green Sanctuary Team met on June 1 to discuss policy updates, shared working, and plans to help our planet!

See more details and learn how you can contribute your time here.

Upcoming Events

  • Pachamama Alliance-Iowa’s Gathering on Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. We’ll continue our discussion of the Paul Hawken book Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation. Our topic this month will be Indigeneity and the video “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code”. You can contact us for details at PachamamaAllianceIowa@gmail.com

  • Interfaith Green Coalition’s Solar Power Hour: June 18, 1:00-2:30, Plymouth Church. Thinking about going solar? Join us for this informative meeting sponsored by the Des Moines Citizen's Task Force on Sustainability and the Interfaith Green Coalition. At the meeting, you'll learn about the basics of going solar, the financial implications for a household, and how a solar group buy program works. For more information and other power hour dates, check out polk.growsolar.org.

  • Iowa Environmental Council’s A Day Of Giving To Benefit Iowa's Environment: Wednesday, August 3, 2022.Iowa Gives Green is a day for Iowans to unite in their support for Iowa’s environment. From protecting Iowa’s rivers and lakes, to advocating for clean energy, to organizing Iowans to take climate action, to planting trees across the state, you can find an organization to match your environmental passion. Visit: iowagivesgreen.org
Grilling with Pagans
from Sacred Bridges CUUPS
Sacred Bridges CUUPS is holding a Grilling with Pagans event featuring CUUPS KIDS on Saturday, June 25, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

We're heading out to Greenbelt Park Porter Shelter to fire up the grill and enjoy a potluck social with Sacred Bridges Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. We will have activities for children at this event, with our CUUPS KIDS coordinators, and there is a playground at this park. Please bring a dish to share and bring what you would like to have grilled for your family or group and we will take care of the rest. We will provide Lemonade, Fruit Punch and plates, utensils, and cups.
First Unitarian Humanist Update
from First Unitarian Humanists
Book Group
The Humanist book group schedule will be adjusted for June and July to accommodate the holidays and other church activities. We will cover chapters 9 and 10 of Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari on June 12, followed by chapters 11 and 12 on June 26. The book group meets at the church at 11:00 AM. Everyone is invited, either in person or via Zoom!
AHA Annual Conference
The Humanist group will have a watch party for the American Humanist Association annual conference on Saturday, June 25. Meet at the Westchester Park shelter, 4901 Valdez Dr., at noon. Munchies and soft drinks will be provided. There are a number of excellent speakers lined up, including author Andrew Seidel speaking on “Fighting White Christian Nationalism." The complete program can be found here.
IAF/Humanist Society meeting
Join the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers and the Humanist Society of Iowa for a catered picnic at the Stine Barn on July 17 at 12:00 noon. There will be two wonderful speakers.
Zerin Firoze is an advocate for secularism in Bangladesh who has fearlessly spoken out against extremism in spite of the threats against her life. In 2016 Zerin fled the violence and threats in Bangladesh and is currently seeking asylum in the United States.
Harry Stine was born in 1941 and raised on a small farm in Dallas County, Iowa. He is the CEO and founder of the Stine Seed Company and has been a lifelong atheist and humanist. 
We are looking forward to seeing old and new faces. Follow this link to sign up. You will also find more information and a map to the site.

Humanist Sunday Service
Join us on Sunday, July 3, as the Humanist Group will present the morning service. You might be surprised to learn about the connections between our church and the Humanist movement in the early 20th century!
Mark Your Calendar Now For the Next mUUvie Nights!
from the mUUvie Crew
Sundays, July 10 & August 14 at 7:30pm 

First Unitarian Church - Griffin Hall/Gathering Space

RSVP to muuvie@ucdsm.org so we can gauge the number of attendees and send you a reminder message!

July 10 - "Imitating Life" - This film follows the unlikely but true story of photographer Suzanne Heintz, and an extraordinary act of defiance that catapults her life, and art, into the social media spotlight. She creates a mannequin family and embarks on a global crusade against societal pressure to conform, resulting in a raw, funny and intimate portrait of life through her lens. Part comedy, part drama, part real life – we witness it all.

August 14 - Hunt for the Wilderpeople - This award-winning New Zealand comedy features Ricky, a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together.

These are films that include public performance rights on Kanopy (not all films do), so we can gather and watch them together at Church without infringing on copyright laws.
Pride Parade – Success!
from the Transgender Action Group
Thank you to everyone who marched with us at the Capital City Pride Parade last Sunday! We are proud to be part of such a supportive and loving community.

Please email tag@ucdsm.org with any questions!
Just Voices Update
from Harvey Harrison
Summer may be a time of sun and fun, but the work continues in the journey toward racially-equitable policing in Des Moines. But at Just Voices, we DO have fun because we love this work and we thank First Unitarian for your ongoing support that allows us to advocate for real police reform.

Just Voices Iowa is honored to be the recipient of a $150,000 grant (payable over 3 years) from the ‘Communities Transforming Policing Fund’ of Borealis Philanthropy. Borealis is a social justice philanthropic intermediary working to resource grassroots movements for transformative change. They build bridges between funders and organizers to support movements working to make a future that serves all of us.

And finally, another piece of good news. Just Voices Iowa was just awarded the Jesse Taylor Community Advocacy Award from the Iowa Juneteenth Observance Board at their banquet on Thursday, June 16 at Drake University. We were humbled and honored to be recognized by the community and thanked the Board, our volunteers, team members, and donors.

See more details here.

Happy Juneteenth!
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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

Alice J. Stewart, Director of Finance and Administration
515-244-8603 ext. 101
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Fridays: by appointment
Zoom meetings available on request

Emily Petty, Communications Coordinator
515-244-8603 ext. 103
Off Mondays
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