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)

16Dec 2011

by the Angola Partnership Group We have received a letter of appreciation from Rev. Jose and Eva Chipenda acknowledging the impact of our University Church partnership with IECA (Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola. As forwarded to Rev. Jorge Morales, the Conference Minister of the Illinois Conference–UCC, we also want to share it with everyone at […]

27Nov 2011

University Church has a long history of commitment to international partnerships that reflect our mission “to act for justice and to respect creation” by reaching out to brothers and sisters in Christ beyond our immediate community and nation. For a decade now, University Church has been in partnership with the Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola […]

11Mar 2011

I went this year thinking it would be my last. I didn’t expect much from the weekend. I went to put closure on something into which for ten years I had invested myself. It had felt as though interest at University Church had waned; it was time for me to find something more local to […]

05Jan 2011

In his April 10 sermon, Pastor Julian distinguished between actions done for people (disempowering), to people (paternalistic), and with people (accompaniment). Starting on May 1, the Social Justice Committee began an 8-part series at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday in the University Church library to look at the wider church’s understanding of mission as accompaniment. Part […]