What we're about

Welcome to Downtown Disciples, a progressive faith community, where you will be welcomed, affirmed, loved, inspired, and challenged. We are an LGBTQ+affirming #BlackLivesMatter proclaiming community doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly together by following the way of Jesus and honoring many spiritual paths. We are making a positive impact in downtown Des Moines. We gather for intelligent spiritual discussions, book studies, progressive worship and social gatherings. We embrace science, diversity, social justice, technology and spiritual practices. We volunteer at shelters, serve the hungry, work for peace, speak truth to power, protest, rally, but refuse to judge, condemn, or exclude.

Learn more about us at downtowndisciples.org or find us on Facebook.

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Progressive Bible Geeks

Ritual Cafe

Start your morning with geeky progressive conversations on the scripture in a cool spot with a great cup of coffee! Have you wanted to read the Bible, but just don't know where to begin? Join us during the season of Advent as we read about the subversive liberating resistance found in the Christmas story, as told by Matthew and Luke. The birth narratives of Jesus are a much more than a sweet Christmas pageant. These stories are full of justice, peace and power! Pastor Debbie brings discussion guides to inform our reading with literary and historical context and we'll find relevant meaning for our daily living in these old stories. These old stories are fodder for people passionate about social justice. No biblical knowledge or experience required. Easy Street Access to La Mie Elevate at 6th and Locust. Enter on North Side of Locust. Take elevator to skywalk level. La Mie is right there! You don't even have to enter the skywalk system. Street Parking is metered, or park in the ramp at 5th and Locust.

Living Grace Mental Health Support Group

Our Office Location

Downtown Disciples is a progressive Christian community. We are LGBTQ+affirming and we proclaim #BlackLivesMatter. Living Grace support group is led by a Downtown Disciple member, Brad Wilson. Brad will lead the group through a Christian curriculum designed for people with depression, anxiety, and any mental health difficulty or disorder. The Living Grace Curriculum and small group gatherings are not intended to replace medication, therapy or other treatment. These gatherings are for the purpose of spiritual support and can enhance a holistic wellness approach to living with mental health challenges. Meetings begin and end with prayer.

Word Up: Progressive Spiritual Discussions

Our Office Location

Join us Wednesday nights for progressive spiritual discussions on lived faith experience, race, religion, immigration, injustice, gender, love, death and more! Our progressive Pastor, guest speakers and provocative video clips spark our conversations. Downtown Disciples are LGBTQ+Affirming and proclaim #BlackLivesMatter. No prior attendance required and visitors are always welcome. We also offer children's activities with adult supervision. Our gatherings are always engaging, interesting and, as always, unapologetically progressive. We are LGBTQ-affirming and we proclaim #BlackLivesMatter. • What to bring Just you and your open mind. • Important to know. We borrow space for these gatherings from our friends of Capitol Hill Lutheran Church. Parking is free in their lot on the North East side of the Church on Des Moines Street. The code to enter parking on Wednesday nights is 3330. The ramp at Grand and Pennsylvania is also free and is only two blocks away. Metered Street parking is also available. Signs and people will welcome and direct you from any unlocked door of the church.

Joppa Homeless Outreach

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Downtown Disciples Team Leaders EC and Ken have been working with Joppa Outreach to serve our neighbors in need right here in Des Moines. Now, you have the opportunity to join them and other Downtown Disciples as we serve the homeless population in our city. Every fourth Sunday of the month, we'll be taking part in Joppa's outreach efforts to homeless people living in tents around Des Moines. This is a relational continuous ministry that requires a high level of commitment, reliability, and training. Sign up to volunteer by emailing [masked] RSVP's are required and limited space is available.

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Theology on Tap

Peace Tree Brewing Co. - Des Moines Branch

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