Queer Your Faith, Iowa

IUUWAN is working with OneIowa to promote a monthly service for both our UU congregations and outreach and support for the LGBTQIA community.

Queer Your Faith, Iowa’s story

Queer Your Faith came out of Arizona’s UU State Action Network, UUJAZ, who did a grant proposal to hire a minister to give monthly services.  The decision to tweak this–having our Iowa and neighboring states UU congregations supply the service seemed a better choice.  Hiring a minister to give monthly services could easily cost thousands per year and having Iowa UUs host the service an interested viewer can come and see a UU service in person.  This also will encourage our Iowa UU congregations to produce regular, interesting services for the queer community.  Services are the second Sunday of the month starting between 10 AM and 11 AM, depending on the congregation’s schedule.

How to see the services

All services are shown on Facebook Live.  The Facebook Live event is monitored so questions can be relayed to the speaker.  Unfortunately, we can’t give out Zoom links as Zoom bombing is still a thing.


Becoming the Rainbow








Rev. Kent McKusick

From the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames.  Becoming the Rainbow ~ The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum offers mythical insights and illumination on how we embody the journey to come of age in a changing and challenging world. Each character personifies aspects of the developmental journey we each make as seekers: developing our minds and hearts with courage and speaking truth to power. We’re off to see the wizard of ourselves in this service of fantasy, fun, and spiritual growth








Rev. Laura Smidzik

From Fridley, MN’s Michael Servetus Unitarian Society learn about the personal journey their minister.  Click here to watch the service “We all step in it, sometimes.”








Pastor Emma Peterson

Cedar Valley Unitarian Universalists minister shares how to be a good ally.  Click here to watch her service on LGBTQiA Allyship.

          Cate Sheller

On Sunday, July 11, 11:00 AM at People’s Church UU in Cedar Rapids, Cate Sheller will speak on roles and identity, and how queer culture teaches us to regard these subjects. Click here to connect to this Facebook event.

For the June 13 service, Iowa Lakes UU Fellowship hosted Gus Raymond on Gus’ journey as a transman.  You can see the service by clicking here.

           Birch Spick

Starting in May, Birch Spick from First Unitarian Church of Des Moines gave the service’s message.  They were assisted by Patty Notch.  You can see the service by clicking  here.