At First Unitarian of Des Moines, we are committed to the Unitarian Universalist theology of engagement to help heal the brokenness in our larger community and world. Our commitment to social justice is evident in the seven core principles UUs covenant to affirm and promote.

“Illusional Chasm” by Beth Nybeck, April 2010. Dedicated to Rev. Elenor Gordon and the women of Unity Circle for their part in the 1908 Boone Women’s Suffrage Parade, and to the women of First Unitarian Church, past, present, and future, for their persistence toward a world with equal rights and justice for all.

From its early beginnings in 1877 to today, First Unitarian Church’s members and friends have taken on many social justice causes — from women’s suffrage, to civil rights, to same-sex marriage. Click here to learn more about our Roots in Social Justice.

First Unitarian partners with community organizations to further the missions of justice work in our community. Click here to learn more about our Community Partnerships.

At each service, we pass an offertory basket in which all proceeds collected are split between the social justice outreach of the church and two community partner organizations. Congregant(s) may nominate an organization to receive one quarter of the offering plate donations from First Unitarian for a year.  In addition, the nominator works with the organization throughout the year to develop volunteer opportunities with the organization.

Along with community partnerships, First Unitarian pursues justice by forming groups within our church to educate one another, support the community, and work for change in the world around us.  See the links under the “Justice” tab or below to learn more about the variety of justice issues our members are active in: