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 is the central vessel through which our advocacy and accompaniment flows. We seek to engage people in putting faith into action, to practice what we preach. Beyond charity, which we also participate in through our benevolence offering each week, we seek to engage people in ministries of accompaniment – being WITH and LED BY those who suffer from situations of social injustice rather than doing TO or FOR them. At its core, our ministry is about relationships. We also seek to educate ourselves and others about current issues of social injustice through bringing in speakers and using our Sunday liturgy to lift up these issues.

Meeting Times

FIRST SUNDAY EVERY MONTH, after service (12:15pm – 1:15pm). We welcome all newcomers!

Gloria Vicente

Ongoing Social Justice Initiatives at University Church

  • 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 – goods that protect the environment and workers. We sell Fair Trade because it is a faithful alternative to our present economic system.

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.