Public Witness and Action

First Unitarian Church of Des Moines has a rich tradition of Public Witness and Action; organizing the first women’s suffrage march, integrating a segregated lunch counter, performing the first same-gender marriage in Iowa, or voting overwhelmingly to become a sanctuary congregation to name a few. In the face of inhumane policies and actions that detain folks in cages or block their entry into this country forcing them to live on city streets when they request asylum, we will be taking a stand.
During the second Christmas Eve service ( 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, December 24th) our Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw will deliver a liturgy that will skillfully combine the familiar Christmas story in Luke with a modern twist.  This service will include a public outdoor display and live Facebook streaming. 
There will be two conversations and information sharing hosted by the Social Justice Ministry Leadership Team. These are open to all church members, especially UU Christian members, to hear more about this Public Witness, how they can engage in making this event a success and get their questions answered. Join us either Wednesday 11/13/2019 from 5:30 to 6:30 and between services on 11/17/2019 at 10:15 and get ready to be part of our Social Justice History!