This is a challenging time, when we – as a Fellowship Community, as Unitarian Universalists, as Americans, as people – are being called to confront and address racial injustice. This is a time for all of us to live our values aloud, not alone.

UUs in Dubuque have a long history of practicing “deeds not creeds.” The Fellowship has organized or hosted public events in Dubuque that promote social justice and human welfare, including: 1) the first Martin King Holiday public event in January 1986 – after his birthday was declared a national holiday; 2) the first public presentation of the president of Planned Parenthood in Iowa; and 3) the first welcoming church congregation for gays, lesbians and transgender persons in Dubuque.

We as a congregation are hosting educational events, attending local and UUA events, and sharing resources addressing racial justice.  We aim to act internally, by reflecting on our own role in racial justice, and externally, by supporting efforts in the local community.


There have been a multitude of racial justice events in our local community and the larger UU community recently, including Black Lives Matter events in Dubuque, and due to the rapid nature of planning we do not have time to announce them all in the weekly newsletter.  For the most recent information, visit our UUFD Facebook group or page:




Below are a few links to resources that might be helpful – if you are looking for ways to show solidarity for social justice, or if you are reflecting on recent events and dealing emotionally with the brutality and violence of racism.




  • Rev. Karen Hutt’s May 31, 2020 Sermon
    Rev. Hutt of First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota delivered a powerful message in worship – reflecting on the protests, her personal story and call to action.














  • Dubuque Branch NAACP: The purposes and aims of the Dubuque Branch are to improve the political, educational, social, and economic status of African-Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to eliminate racial prejudice; to promote justice; to keep the public aware of the adverse effects of racial discrimination; to take lawful and peaceful action to secure its elimination; to seek legislation and policies at the state and local levels, which advance the programs and policies of the Association; and to oppose legislation and policies which are adverse to the programs and policies of the Association. This year’s fundraising event was canceled because of the pandemic. Donate to support our general operating expenses. Checks can be mailed to: Dubuque Branch NAACP, PO BOX 1012, Dubuque, Iowa 52004-1012. Join or renew membership


  • Dream Center provides academic support, family engagement and meal programs for low-income families and other under-served populations. Donate





  • UUA Racial Justice
    UUA resources for working to end racial discrimination and injustice.