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
12:15pm – 1:15pm on the first Sunday of each month. We welcome all newcomers!
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)
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Picture this: 8 people representing University Church’s Guatemala Partnership, who traveled to Guatemala May 18-26, are sitting in plastic chairs at the front of a group of school children, youth, their parents, and other members of the Mayan community of Saq Ja’ inside the Instituto Basico Bilingue Maya Saq Ja‘, Saq Ja’s middle school. We […]
The University Church Social Justice Committee and Trustees have unanimously voted to support the campaign for a Level One Adult Trauma Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Chicago’s south side, the Chicago Land neighborhood most in need of a trauma center is also the neighborhood with the longest travel times to reach one. […]