72425 Via Vail
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


Whoever You Are

It doesn’t matter

where you or your ancestors are from, who you love, your gender identity, your theology, politics, or your immigration status, we welcome all those who are committed to our core values as expressed in our seven principles.


we come to this place to share our hopes, dreams and visions. We seek to build a diverse and inclusive community that honors our first principle: the inherent worth and dignity of every being.

What is Unitarian Universalism?

This short video may answer some of your questions about our faith and beliefs.  If you want to know more, join us at a worship service to chat with our Minister or any member of our beloved community.

“We Are Unitarian Universalists”

Copyright Unitarian Universalist Association

Our Mission

We are a sanctuary for diversity, spiritual growth and social justice.


In this church community we strive to Affirm and Promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person (our first Principle), to welcome and celebrate the full humanity and every person, in just, loving, and tangible ways. No exception. We invite you to include yourself in that blessing.


Spiritual Growth

We welcome all people regardless of race, color, creed, political persuasion and sexual orientation. Our church has no required system of belief, rather we explore and share a variety of spiritual experience so each of us can develop an understanding meaningful to us personally.


Social Justice

There is a great need for a restoration of justice in our world, addressing issues of age, gender, economics, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation and more. In particular, the need exists for us personally and institutionally to be willing to see, reckon with, and change the history of injustice towards people of color into a future of greater equality for all who have been marginalized by a dominant culture.

Our Covenant

Our congregation is bound together not by a creed but by a covenant, a set of promises we make about how we will live and grow togheter.

This covenant represents the promises we make to ourselves about how we will nurture and support each other within this beloved community. These promises cultivate an environment of compassion, courage, and empathy.

Our commitment to one another ensures that our community will be a safe and inspirational place in which we, as individuals and groups, can live out our spiritual journeys.

To this end, we, the people of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, adopt the following Congregational Covenant.

We will be mindful of how we communicate with and about others.

We will seek a respectful and constructive resolution when conflicts arise.

We will enrich our own lives by celebrating the diversity within our community.

We will build our beloved community

Our Eight Principles Bind us Together

First Principle

The inherent worth and dignity of every person

Second Principle

Justice, equity and compassion in human relations

Third Principle

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregation

Fourth Principle

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

Fifth Principle

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large

Sixth Principle

The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

Seventh Principle

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

Proposed Eighth Principle

Adopted by the UUCOD Congregation on May 15, 2022.

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

Read more about our efforts to adopt the 8th Principle at UUCOD

Our History

Our church took root in the Coachella Valley in 1959 when two dozen people met in response to an advertisement placed by the American Unitarian Association to encourage the formation of new Fellowships across the country. The ad appeared in the Desert Sun on October 7th asking the provocative question: “Are you a Unitarian without knowing it?”  Sixty-two years later, we still invite visitors to join us at Sunday Service to pose the same question to themselves.

The congregation wandered the desert for 45 years, meeting in homes, schools, motels, senior citizen centers and other churches. At the dawn of the new millennium in anticipation of having our permanent home, we changed our designation from a Fellowship to a full-fledged Church. Our long-held dream was finally realized on Easter Sunday in 2005 when the congregation moved in to its new sanctuary in Rancho Mirage.

UUCOD celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2009. At various times we have been led by lay leaders as well as retired, visiting, contract, developmental, interim and settled ministers. As members and friends of this church, we continue to strengthen and grow the beloved community that forms our core.

Church Construction

Today we are building our community through social justice projects  and through our church events organized by social groups  and church communities.  We are strengthening our governance and the ways that we communicate and work with one another. We are excited about our future.  We look forward to welcoming new members and friends who want to grow spiritually and help write the next chapter in our history.