Social Justice Ministry

29Apr 2016

“Abandoning my children is not a choice I can make. I live for them, and I will fight to stay with them,” says Jose Juan. When Jose Juan was placed in deportation proceedings and ordered to leave his wife and children behind by the Chicago Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, our church took emergency […]

05Feb 2016

The Guatemala Delegation departed for SaqJa on April 14 and will return on April 23, 2016. We will be blogging on this page as we did last year. Stay tuned for regular updates! (Photo at left is the 2015 delegation.) NOTE: This blog will be continuous, with the most current entry following the previous one […]

22May 2015

Rev. Julian DeShazier, Pastor of University Church will appear on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club documentary, Violence in Chicago: Responding in Faith. The documentary highlights the city-wide cost of violence for all the citizens of Chicago – the damage done not only by bullets but by feelings of fear and hopelessness that stretch from the […]

01Apr 2015

April 24, 2015 We are on our way home – Reflection by Sharon Our group of 7 has had a great time together this week, but all good times must come to an end. Dan Dale left yesterday and Sara and Andy are leaving today for Xela to attend the wedding of Omar and Allison, Barb […]

31Mar 2015

April 25, 2015 7:00-9:00 PM at Wellington Avenue Church. Support organizations in their immigrant rights work all while enjoying great food, fantastic music, and the best people in Chicago! Don’t miss the 7th Annual El Pueblo Canta Concert!  Free parking passes available if you act quickly.  Find out more information here.

31Mar 2015

May 6, 2015 from 7-9 PM…Consider it, Confer, and Speak Up! is a presentation that explores methods of conversation about the difficult topics of sexuality and sexual violence via theatrical expressions as a tool to mobilize individuals to action. Artists will present an exhibition of survivor’s clothing along with their stories. Themes of violence against women, […]

31Mar 2015

On Friday, April 10th from 6:00-9:00 pm at University Church, CRLN will be hosting a viewing of the film Afraid of Dark followed by a panel discussion. This film is an official selection of the (In)Justice for All Film Fest, sponsored by the Next Movement of Trinity United Church of Christ.   Afraid of Dark […]

17Aug 2014

FAIR TRADE UPDATE!   As many of you know, University Church has been highlighting the need for ‘Fair Trade’ in the market place. We have focused mainly on those commodities of coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil, as well as a few other foods — mostly foods that we do not grow here in the U.S. […]

13Feb 2014

University Church has long been passionate about immigration law and doing whatever we can to stand with undocumented persons who risk deportation. Our Guatemala group connects to these efforts on a global scale, but we also have offered SANCTUARY to persons in the past. The question is upon us again, and we’ll vote as a […]

14Sep 2013

University Church is an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation and works with the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition, believing that immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, are our neighbors. Join local elected representatives, religious leaders, and congregation members in raising our voices for immigration reform reflecting dignity, compassion and justice at the Immigrant Welcoming Congregations Interfaith Gathering Sunday, October 20, 2013 3:00pm-4:30pm […]