Covid-19 Info & Updates

UUS is currently in Phase 3 of our Covid-19 reopening plan. Services are multiplatform, with both in person and virtual participation.

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UUS services

If you’re curious about UUS and our worship style, viewing one of the service recordings listed below is a great introduction. Note that Rev. Diana Smith leads the majority of our services, but lay members and visitors lead all summer services and fill the pulpit once a month during the regular church year.

Practicing Gratitude Nov. 21, 2021

We have much to be grateful for! This Sunday we celebrate what it means to practice gratitude, welcome new members, and commission this year’s religious education teachers and volunteers! ...

Loving All of Us - Nov. 14, 2021

Rev. Diana Smith leads a reflective service on what’s “normal,” the joys and challenges of questioning and challenging norms in order to be ourselves, and mark Trans Day of Remembrance and Resilience. The Quire of Eastern Iowa will share special music with us. UUS is sharing this service as part of the Queer Your Faith series through IUUWAN (the Iowa UU Witness and Action Network) and One Iowa. ...

Holding Our Beloveds - Oct. 31, 2021

We gather to celebrate a Day of Remembrance for all those we love and care about who have died, human and non-human. During the service, Rev. Diana Smith reflects on the ways we carry our ancestors and other beloveds with us. ...

Celebration of Commitment - Oct. 17, 2021

Rev. Diana leads us in celebrating the success of our 2022 Stewardship campaign and the many ways we support UUS and each other. ...

Water is Life - Oct. 10, 2021

Rev. Diana Smith is joined by UUS Green Sanctuary members Sally Hartman and Miriam Kashia to share stories of our alliances and actions with our Indigenous kin and the ways we can support the no-more-fossil-fuel-pipelines struggle as we mark Indigenous Peoples Day. ...

Giving Receiving: UUS Member Stories- Oct. 3, 2021

In their own words, UUS members Mary McCann, Steve Locher, Judy Quinn will talk about the impact UUs has had on their lives and what the Society means to them. ...

Connecting With Ourselves, Each Other, and the Wider Community - Sep. 26, 2021

Rev. Diana Smith kicks off our fall stewardship pledge campaign and holds a new member ceremony. ...

Love's Only Hands - Sep. 19, 2021

Guest speaker CB Beal returns to expore how we can practice witness, care, and Preemptive Radical Inclusion as a gathered people at the end/middle of a pandemic. ...

Water Communion & Ingathering - Sep. 12, 2021

Rev. Diana Smith reflects on the many gifts and lessons of water as we engage in our annual Water Communion ritual to begin a new church year. ...

Celebration of Food, Sustainable Farming, and Farm Workers - Sep. 5, 2021

Peggy Garrigues coordinates an online Sunday service of readings, reflections, and music on just and sustainable approaches to food, farming, and farm workers. ...

This Still Isn't What I'd Planned - Aug. 29, 2021

Rev. Diana Smith shares tales of dealing with the unexpected during her summer trip to the Rockies, while inviting us reflect on the ways we cope, the lessons we learn, and the gifts we can glean when things don’t go the way we hoped and planned. ...

Listening to Ourselves, Listening to Each Other - Aug. 22, 2021

Rev. Diana Smith examines the ways we listen to ourselves and each other, and the things we’ve learned about listening over time. We also kick off our UUS Listening Campaign. ...

Ebb & Flow - Aug. 15, 2021

UUS member Kim McWane Friese shares personal insights on how resilience can be established and nurtured through gentle acceptance and supple emotions. ...

Seeking Grace in the Changing Places - Aug. 8, 2021

Rev. Diana Smith reflects on what it means to be a people who are together navigating transitions in the midst of larger transitions. ...

Everything is Sacred: Lesson From the Path of Tantra - Aug. 1, 2021

UUS member Andy Douglas reflects on his spiritual practice, which is rooted in the Indian spiritual tradition of Tantra (closely related to yoga), and which encourages us to see all of creation as sacred. ...