As part of the larger Unitarian Universalist denomination, we put our faith in deeds, not creeds. We proactively support racial, LGBT, environmental, and other justice efforts through educational programming, direct action, and financial support.
- Contact the Social Action Committee for upcoming opportunities and events.
- Several members and friends of UUFD correspond with women incarcerated at federal prisons in the United States. If you are interested in joining this endeavor, contact Cyndi Hartley.
- Join our monthly race and ethnicity dialogue series.
Half of the collection each Sunday is donated to a local charity. 2020 donations have been given to:
- 1st Quarter – Dubuque Rescue Mission Garden and Greenhouse
- The Dubuque Rescue Mission Garden provides fresh vegetables to use for free, nutritious meals at the Mission’s cafeteria. Some of the excess herbs and vegetables are sold during the summer at the Downtown Dubuque Farmers Market. All donations, financial and other, to the Rescue Mission remain in Dubuque.
- 2nd Quarter – Dubuque Branch NAACP
- The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
- 3rd Quarter – Dream Center
- The Dream Center offers holistic programming for Dubuque youth and families through academic initiatives, after school programming, healthy meals, character development curriculum, and more. At present its focus is on all-day academic programming, sports and the arts for children who are in the “hybrid plan” in the Dubuque schools – meaning they attend actual classes every other day. On the days they aren’t physically present in their schools, they come to the Dream Center.
Recent & Ongoing Activities
- A member of the congregation makes masks for COVID-19 and shares them freely. In August 2020, UUFD members and friends distributed her masks in downtown Dubuque, along with voter registration forms and lots of smiles. Jeanne Harrington has a vast array of fabrics and will make them in any size needed. Feel free to contact Jeanne if you need a mask.
- Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Social Action Committee helped organize quarterly meals at the Catholic Worker Hope House on Sunday evenings. An average of 35 folks were served in the immediate neighborhood.
- We as a congregation are hosting educational events, attending local and UUA events, and sharing resources addressing racial justice.
- The Emerson House is offered as a home-like setting for supervised visits uniting parents and children separated by the courts.