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)

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 […]