partnerships have you formed outside of your congregation
with other organizations?
1st Unitarian Church of
- We founded the Chicago Children's
Choir and continue to have a representative on its Board since it became
an independent non-profit organization
- We provide its Hyde Park/Kenwood
Neighborhood Choir with rehearsal space
2nd Unitarian Church of
- Lakeview Action Coalition
(LAC): Established in 1993, Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC) is a multi-issue
community organization that seeks to find, prepare, and establish grassroots
community leaders to fight for social justice in our communities. LAC
has the immediate and long-term goal to build power by bringing people
and institutions working together to make lasting social improvements.
(Second Unitarian Church is a founding member institution)
- Community Renewal Society
(CRS): Established 127 years ago, The Community Renewal Society empowers
people to build just communities by working to eradicate racism and
poverty. It does so by informing, organizing, training, and encouraging
individuals and communities in sustained and strategic efforts to engender
systemic change. (Second Unitarian Church joined in February 2009).
- The Night Ministry
: Since 1976, The Night Ministry has connects with Chicago's vulnerable
youth and adults, providing direct services such as: self-care supplies,
free healthcare, housing and supportive services for youth, and referrals
to other services. They offer services at moment of need on the street
for the homeless.
Countryside Church UU
- Informal cooperation (not
official partnership) between CCUU Adult Faith Development and: Health
Care for America Now, Woodstock Institute, Women Employed.
- SAC co-sponsorship of monthly
peace vigils with other neighborhood organizations: Families for Peace,
Sisters of the Living Word, The Viatorian Community,, Congregational
Church of Christ of Arlington Heights, Women's Resource Center.
- We do partner with HCAN
to hold health care awareness rallies. A variety of groups from the
community meet at our church. They include PFLAG and ACL etc.
- We also work with the Palatine
Township case workers and volunteer coordinator on many programs dealing
with limited income and food pantry persons.
- Youth group and RE established
connections with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Palatine-area
PADS program, "Journeys from Pads to Hope"; youth learned
from speakers with both groups; raise funds and participate in letter-writing
- We organized a group of
volunteers to work with Trees Across the Miles, a group that plants
trees where they are needed most.
- We promote local environmental
groups, such as Citizens for Conservation and Friends of the Forest
Preserve. We promote the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County
and the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County. These agencies handle local
recycling, household chemical waste, prescription and sharps disposal,
etc., and they promote a wealth of environmental information. We also
publicize the websites of environmental groups.
- We have partnered with Faith
in Place and Interfaith Power and Light, and we publicize some of their
events and information. We have also received informational support
from the director of Faith in Place
Northshore Unitarian Church
- Lake County United
- Faith in Place
Unitarian Church of Evanston
- See above. We are a sponsoring
member of the North Shore Coalition for Peace, Justice and the Environment.
That Coalition serves to network us with larger peace & social justice
groups in the northern suburbs and Chicago.
- There is also a network
of groups organized throughout Illinois on an electronic grid to better
integrate actions across the state. Name is Illinois Coalition for Justice,
Peace & Environment, www.icjpe.org. It's another good organizing
tool that has been used.
UU Church of Elgin
- Interfaith food pantry
- Elgin Community Crisis Center
- Larkin Center
- Erehwon farm
UU Society of Geneva
- Lazarus House, the local
- Habitat for Humanity