United Church of Christ  

Indianola, Iowa 

 an open and affirming congregation

Worshiping at Smith Chapel

on the Simpson College campus


Pastor: Rev. Julia Tipton Rendon

Worship at 10:30 
 Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 
We worship on Zoom every Sunday.

"They may crush the flowers, but they can't stop the spring."

Here are the CDC guidelines for faith-based organizations.







Pentecost bulletin cover by Sara Jensen


Crossroads members Easter 2014

Here we were at Easter breakfast!


What we believe

The United Church of Christ is a non-creedal church.  It is the responsibility of every member to work toward a coherent and informed faith.


The United Church of Christ embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. The UCC has roots in the "covenantal" tradition—meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith. 



Want some links to scientific information about climate change?  Go to our Links page!


Some of what we do at Crossroads


We serve two meals a month at the Catholic Worker House in Des Moines. 


We also serve a free meal on the last Thursday of every month at the county administration building.  We find that eating together in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere feeds more than just the body.


We micro-lend to small business owners through Kiva.  We have lent about $21,000 to help people start or expand businesses!


We are a Jubilee Congregation, supporting efforts to serve, protect and promote economic participation by the most vulnerable. Find out more about Jubilee here!



PIE Group meets Sunday nights to discuss a book or film and eat pie, at the home of one of our members.


All who have time and inclination after coffee hour and cleanup on Sunday go out for lunch somewhere cheap and not too unhealthful.


We visit our friends at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota every summer.


About Crossroads UCC

Crossroads United Church of Christ is an open and affirming congregation of the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ.  We believe that we are called by God, as Christians, to gather people

into community, build them in a relationship

with God, and send them into ministry.


We try to make our congregation a place where you can be yourself, and we believe that the practice of hospitality helps us to learn the mind of God.


We are "the church you didn't know you were looking for"--a small but active congregation

that is focused on mission, spiritual growth, and community involvement--that doesn't take itself too seriously.


Visitors are always welcome.  If you're looking

for a church home, or if you're just curious, please come worship with us!




PO Box 811, Indianola IA  50125

tel.: 515-961-9370

email: pastor *at* crossroadsucc *dot* org 



The Rev. Julia Rendon


Where to find us

We are in Indianola, Iowa, a community of 14,000 just 12 miles south of Des Moines on Highway 65/69. 


Crossroads UCC does not own a building.  We meet in Dirlam Lounge in Smith Chapel of Simpson College.  Here is a campus map


Here is a Mapquest map. 



Worship and Sunday School

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 during the school year, and worship is at 10:30.  


We have a Safe Church policy for our Sunday School and youth programming.

Wednesday discussion

Starting May 27, we'll have Zoom meetings from 1:00 to 2:00 to discuss various interesting topics.  On June 10 we will talk about racial disparities in COVID-19 cases and deaths. To prepare, either listen to the 81-minute interview that Ezra Klein did with Dr. David Williams OR read the notes I took on that interview. You might also want to look at the graphics in this article from NPR and this article from Vox. Adam Singer will join us!


On June 17 we'll learn about the Enneagram, an ancient device for identifying the ego structures that form our motivations.


A good resource for learning about dismantling racism is here.