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Our work is driven by Unitarian Universalist principles including

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person; 
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; 
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; 
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning; 
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; 
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; 
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. 

At Eliot, we create a community of deep relationships by working toward a more just society, dismantling racism, and improving the environment. Eliot's specific mission and goals can be found here


Our Mission:

The Social Justice Program will inspire and equip individuals and the congregation to work effectively for justice both locally and beyond. We will continue to be challenged by the teachings of Martin Luther King's vision of the beloved community:

"In the beloved community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood."

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Birth of a New Nation"


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Vigil for Hope and Healing
5:00 pm outside Eliot

Since the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson early in August 2014, members of Eliot Unitarian Chapel and people from the greater community have stood in a weekly vigil. Join us in front of Eliot Chapel as we side with love, for hope and healing.


UU the Vote
UU the Vote is a national grassroots campaign sponsored by the UUA to support and promote UU values in the upcoming 2020 electoral campaign. What issues are close to your heart? If you recognize the importance of the democratic process and voter engagement, consider joining us in this work. Contact us for more information. 


Eliot Gardeners

If you'd like to put a little sweat equity into Eliot Chapel, work alongside friends, and meet new people, please join the Eliot Gardeners on the grounds around the Chapel. Email to sign up







See more of our recent and ongoing efforts here.


IFCLA_logoIn June, we're sharing our offering with the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA). Through education and advocacy, IFCLA convenes an inter-faith community to accompany the people of Latin America in their work for human rights and social justice. Together with their partners they create and sustain programming to put a human face on the issues in Latin America. They work to end racial profiling of immigrants both in the Saint Louis region and the United States as a whole, to promote just immigration policies, to close the School of the Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, to end the militarization of Latin America, to promote just trade, and to promote justice in all Latin American countries.

Text ELIOT SHAREDPLATE $3 [or higher] to 73256 to give to the shared plate recipient using your text messaging. Please indicate "IFCLA" in the memo to ensure appropriate allocation. Checking the box next to "Contribute an extra $X.XX to help offset processing fees" helps pay for the fees Eliot pays to offer this text service. Standard text message rates do apply.
You can also donate from the Giving page on Eliot's website or send a check to the front office.

Eliot Summer Reads

Chinese_Brothers_American_Sons-smallChinese Brothers, American Sons
Are you interested in a Summer All Read and an author-led book discussion? Eliot member Ed Shew has written an historical fiction book titled Chinese Brothers, American Sons: An Historical Novel.
“Tens of thousands of men from southern China changed the course of American history with their tireless work in the California goldfields in the 1850s and their crucial contribution in the building of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the following decade. Chinese Brothers, American Sons tells the little-known story of these brave adventurers through the eyes of two brothers, Li Chang and Li Yu, who arrive in San Francisco in 1854 in search of the Gold Mountain.… Despite their efforts, Asian Americans were the target of racism for a century beyond the opening of the railroad in 1869, and the poison has yet to fully disappear. The author's own story, of trying to fit into his hometown birthplace of St Louis, is one of the many rich strands to this broad narrative. But the story, in the end, is one of hope and triumph – the Chinese brothers are no longer invisible, they are now American sons.”
SJA is sponsoring a Zoom conversation with author Ed Shew on Monday, July 13 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Sign up here
The e-book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and the print edition is available on Amazon or at local bookstores. Contact the author (see the church directory or email ) to purchase a copy with an added insert on how the book came to be plus an update that touches on the “Chinese Virus.”

unriggedUnrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy

“This is exactly the book that those of us who fear for the future of our country need right now, and it’s written with the storytelling flair of a novel. The everyday citizens profiled here will make you want to stand up and cheer...” 

And, we hope, motivate you to engage in the urgent work of "reforming democracy to save it.” 

Order your copy from a favorite local bookstore or online, then join in a book discussion wth Eliot friends in late July and August. Peter Wilson and Barbara Harris will start the first Zoom discussion on Thursday, July 16 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Sign up here. 


We believe we can often work most effectively in partnership.


chalice_flame We aim to nurture leadership and service in Eliot members and friends. If you are inspired to lead an effort, here is a guide to policies for initiating a Social Justice in Action effort.