Church of Free Souls believes all religions comprise one true religion, just as we are one people at our very core.
Church of Free Souls recognizes and respects difference to achieve greater understanding of our commonality as one people.
Church of Free Souls believes that mediation is a form of worship that enables continuous revelation and connection with the divine light inside each of us.
Our service, Gathering for Reflection, allows us to use unprogrammed silence to listen for the ever-evolving truth that the light within all of us reveals to ourselves and to one another.
This site’s earliest known use was as a Native American burial mound. It is now known that Native Peoples carefully selected mound sites for significant spiritual reasons including the alignment of stars and constellations as seen from a mound so that the ancestors buried within a mound would be able to reach “The Path of Souls” - what we now call the Milky Way - and be able to reach the afterlife as a “free-soul.” The construction of the building also known as Smokestack began on this site in 1854 and, despite the mound having been leveled in 1852 due to the City of Dubuque grading 7th Street, the reasons for the original selection of this site by Native Peoples for a mound mean this will always be a sacred site.
Church of Free Souls respects this site’s spiritual past and enables Smokestack to do the same. Church of Free Souls has chosen its name in homage to these first peoples and their first usage of this site.
We hope you will join us.