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Faith in Action Teams

The mission of our Faith in Action Network is grounded in our congregation's covenant, "love is the doctrine of this congregation. . .and service is its prayer."   We seek to welcome all, inspire compassion, and serve community by standing in the gap between the world as it is, and the world as it should be.

Guiding Principles

* Spiritually Grounded

  • We draw on our deepest values & beliefs to engage in the work for justice

* Deeply Relational

  • We build relationships across boundaries of race and class to work for change

* Strategically Effective

  • We work with our community partners to be most powerful and effective

 

Faith in Action Network
Members, friends, and community leaders shape the heart of our faith in action network –a growing network of committed people willing to respond to immediate calls for action to advocate for justice, beloved community, and a health planet.   You do not need to be a member of a team to be part of the network. Sign-up to receive our action alert e-news.

Faith in Action Teams
Six teams work with our community partners to coordinate justice and service work:
Eco-Justice
Family Faith in Action
Immigration & Refugee Response
Mental Health Awareness (MyHAT)
Reproductive Justice
Restorative Justice

Community of Congregations
Our Senior Minister, Rev. Alan Taylor, is the President of the Community of Congregations.  We work with faith communities throughout the greater west side of Chicago (Austin, Oak Park, and River Forest) to build community, foster understanding, and address issues of racial and economic justice.

Eco-Justice Team
We work with Faith in Place and the UU Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI), on statewide advocacy, as well as local actions like community gardens, and the Oak Park Interfaith Green Network.   Contact Christy and Paul: ecojustice@unitytemple.org.

Family Faith in Action
We are a community of parents, grandparents, and children who work together to provide service-learning experiences that are meaningful and accessible to all ages, while always maintaining an element of fun.  Contact Lauren: familyfaithinaction@unitytemple.org.

Immigration & Refugee Response Team
We support refugee resettlement in the Chicago area, and are currently sponsoring five families - an extended Rohingya Burmese family (4 households), and a family from Cote d’Ivoire.  We also participate in advocacy for immigrant rights, post-detention accompaniment, rapid response to ICE raids, and are working with local partners to support sanctuary efforts. Contact Clara and Joshua: immigration@unitytemple.org.

Mental Health Awareness Team  (MyHAT)
We work to increase awareness and understanding of mental health issues in our community, by providing educational events, support for members, and advocacy.   We work with our community partners, National Alliance on Mental Illinois (NAMI) Metro-Suburban chapter, and the UUA Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry (AIM).   Contact Bonnie, Janet, Kris and David: myhat@unitytemple.org.

Reproductive Justice Team
We work to keep women’s health and reproductive services available, offer educational events, and participate in advocacy for reproductive rights with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) and Planned Parenthood.  Contact Duane and Cassing: reproductive@unitytemple.org.

Restorative Justice Team
We work with our community partners: Community Renewal Society (CRS), and the UU Prison Ministry of Illinois, on transforming the prison industrial complex and our criminal justice system, and supporting re-entry services, and education to help our congregations become places of radical hospitality and welcome.  Contact Frances, Janet, Sarah, Rich, and Judith: restorativejustice@unitytemple.org.

Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI)
We work closely with our Community Minister, Rev. Scott Aaseng, Executive Director of UUANI - supporting UUs across the state to work together for justice, beloved community, and a healthy planet. UUANI offers weekly calls to action, posted in our Friday e-Beacon, and our UTUUC Facebook page.