Social Justice Overview

In the greater community, members of First Unitarian are engaged in a variety of social justice work that focuses on improving the quality of life for those who are marginalized because of some inherent aspect of who they are. Our congregation has a history of working on social justice issues and we continue to raise our voices against issues of injustice today.

Through our Faith in Action program, we annually select two local organizations to support with our Sunday Service Collection. We are also involved in a number of Social Justice initiatives. If you share our passion for social justice, join us!

Organizations We Belong To

Our church is a dues-paying member of four Des Moines-area not-for-profit organizations that align with our social justice intentions.

Social Justice Ministry Leadership Team

The Social Justice Ministry Leadership Team supports social justice activists in our congregation by providing knowledge, connection and encouragement. The team’s goal is to help shape the over-arching activism within our church by bringing our social justice groups together for joint projects, as well as activities for the entire congregation.

Our current team includes:

  • Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw
  • Kate Allen
  • Sally Boeckholt
  • Ron Heideman
  • Doug Aupperle

The team is open to any who wish to join them. They currently meet via Zoom on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Kate Allen at sjmlt@ucdsm.org to receive an invitation.