by Rev. Debbie Griffith
They gathered in the Downtown Des Moines Social Club, a historic firehouse renovated into a funky urban social space (and it was free!) From the beginning they called themselves Downtown Disciples: Unapologetically Progressive, hoping the name would appeal to people who don’t fit into mainstream church, but are passionate about social justice and curious about Jesus. In true Disciple fashion, Pastor Debbie wanted the community to create itself organically but she established a few core values as their foundation.
- DD is an LGBTQ affirming community.
- DD is a Christian community that boldly proclaims progressive theology.
- DD invests in relationships not buildings, meeting people where they live. (You’ll find them at community centers, laundromats, wine bars, social clubs, sculpture parks. Their first Christmas Eve worship was in a nursing home.)
- DD’s mission statement is “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly together” Half of all offerings go out into their urban community and world in acts of social justice. They are small but mighty! In their first fourteen months they’ve been blessed to contribute $12,000 to their urban community in the fight against homelessness, human trafficking, racial justice, LGBTQ equality, and refugee ministry.
Every week you’ll find them rallying for fair wages, serving the homeless and elderly, holding their elected officials accountable, proclaiming #BlackLivesMatter and worshiping with body, mind and soul.