Who We Are
Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community is rooted in Catholic tradition, but open to change. Our Church is a journey in faith — religion led and practiced in the active not passive, tense. We freely gather to share and celebrate our faith journeys in spirited and creative liturgies. We minister to one another and to our world as we strive to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ a reality.
What does “Intentional Eucharistic Community” mean?
Intentional means that we strive to make our spiritual practice meaningful and that our words and actions reflect each other.
Eucharistic by definition means gratitude — to be in communion with God. To celebrate that, we share bread and wine and bless it together.
All are welcome at the table.
Our spiritual journey is community-led. We pray and celebrate together. Everyone is welcome to share in the experience.
As a community, we are committed to:
Pope Paul VI stated, “If you want peace, work for justice.” At DMIEC advocacy, outreach, and peace and justice education are central elements of our faith community.
In this spirit, our active Social Justice Committee helps to guide our community and supports positive actions we, as a community, undertake.
And while many of our members participate individually in peace and justice issues and offer volunteer support for a variety of causes, as a group we are actively involved in:
“When we gather in our circle, I feel God’s spirit truly comes alive in each person gathered. I get so much strength from it each week.”
“I love the variety and creativity. The various styles, approaches and insights of the different prayer leaders energize me. It is a community alive!”
“Our members have many views, opinions, and beliefs both spiritual and political. They come from many faith backgrounds and experiences. Respect for those differences and for the many sources of truth and wisdom are qualities to which DMIEC aspires.”