Social Justice

I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies…Take away from me the noise of your songs…but let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. –Amos 5:21, 23-24

The Social Justice Committee of University Church recognizes the radical vision of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures — that God values justice, kindness, and humility over religious rituals — and that we find Jesus in “the least” among us — those who are poor, people from other countries, those who have illnesses, those who have landed in prison.  Jesus shared food and preached good news to outcasts and sinners, and he saved his most caustic words for those who tried to separate themselves with barriers erected by wealth or religion from “the least of these.” 

Mission and Method

We seek to engage people in putting faith into action, to practice what we preach. We seek to engage people in ministries of accompaniment, “being with” those (including ourselves) who suffer from situations of social injustice rather than “doing for” them/us. We also seek to educate ourselves and others about current issues of social injustice through bringing in speakers and through lifting up these issues during the worship service in prayer, affirmations of faith, and sermons.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was an immigrant and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me…[and Jesus said] Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me. –Matthew 25:35-40

Meeting Times

12:15pm – 1:15pm on the first Sunday of each month.  We welcome all newcomers!

Gloria Vicente

Regular Social Justice Initiatives at University Church

  • First Fridays Interfaith Prayer Vigils at the Broadview Immigrant Detention Center
    7:15 a.m. at 1930 Beach Street in Broadview, IL.
    Join with the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, Sisters of Mercy, Brothers and Sisters of Immigrants, and other members of the religious community in a prayer vigil in solidarity with those who are being deported, and to support families of those in detention or facing deportation. Everyone is welcome to be a public witness to the injustices of our immigration system. The vigil takes place the first Friday of every month, and lasts about 45 minutes.
  • Fair Trade Treats
    Need coffee, tea, chocolate, almonds, cocoa? Stop by the Fair Trade table during coffee hour several Sundays each month where we are selling Equal Exchange Products. We sell Fair Trade because it is a hope that our congregation will be interested in, knowledgeable, and supportive of Fair Trade as an alternative to our present economic system. Check out the Social Justice Bulletin Board for more information about Fair Trade. You may be surprised.

Latest Social Justice News & Activities (see below)

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, […]