About Crossroads United Church of Christ

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!

Some of what we do at Crossroads
We worship by Zoom as well as in person.  If you'd like to join us via Zoom, contact us, identify yourself, and we will send you a Zoom link. 

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

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!

A statement by the national officers of the United Church of Christ about the June 24, 2022, Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade:
"Long before the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, the United Church of Christ, by action of the General Synod, affirmed the right of every individual to follow their personal religious and moral convictions regarding their reproductive healthcare. We continue to stand by this conviction today. This religious and moral agency includes the autonomy of birthing people to decide whether to complete or terminate a pregnancy." 
Full text here

Here is a good resource on LGBTQ affirmation from our friends at St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church in Elgin, Illinois.

We sing!

St. Augustine said that those who sing, pray twice.

We walk around randomly!

Just kidding, this is a picnic.

We worship here.

In the coffee shop of Smith Chapel, at Simpson College.

We are between pastors.