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)

23Oct 2012

For free. Right here. Right now. The entire 43-minute documentary. Many thanks to Sojourners for giving us a call and allowing Pastor Julian to help share commentary on the issue of poverty. Let’s keep working and praying on this! [youtube width=”600″ height=”400″]http://youtu.be/zZxjb4gB93A[/youtube]

28Sep 2012

  Title: SCREENING of “The Line” film (w/ Discussion + Free Meal) Location: Fellowship Hall Start Time: 7pm for a Free Meal; Film will begin at 7:30 (lasts 30 minutes), with discussion to follow Date: October 9, 2012 Link out: Click here Description: The Line documents the stories of people across the country living at or […]

13Mar 2012

Gloria Vicente Kanu is a missionary with Guatemalan Cultural Action (ACG), a youth and communications worker, AND a member of University Church! She has been working for years now to help bring stability to that region of the world, our congregation has been in full support of her, and now she is hosting a live […]

16Jan 2012

We are inviting all of you to consider being a part of a delegation from University Church to attend this year’s Ecumenical Advocacy Days March 23-26 in Washington, DC.  Our delegation will be joining with hundreds of other people from across the country addressing issues that relate to social justice and our response as Christians.  […]

16Dec 2011

by Barb Havens I don’t have statistics regarding this, but I’m sure that North Americans are the largest consumers in the world.  Consumption is our middle name — from food to clothes to televisions to computers to EVERYTHING. For most of my life I purchased those goods without any thought of the source of those goods and […]