Rev. Dr. Jorge L. Morales

Professional Title: 
Conference Minister
Organization: 
Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ

Rev. Dr. Jorge L. Morales is the Conference Minister of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. His ministry has included church planting and renewal, stewardship and the wider mission of the church. Dr. Morales has contributed to the establishment of a number of community organizations, programs and helping strengthen local community infra-structure. While in seminary he contributed to the establishment of the Latino Ministries Program at McCormick Theological Seminary, later consulted with Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary on Latino Studies and served as adjunct faculty in both institutions and at Elmhurst College. In the mid-1970s and early 80s he engaged in citizen participation and organizing that led to the election of several African American and Latino officials and served on Harold Washington's Election and Re-election Committees. He was a plaintiff in the Kitchum vs. Byrne gerrymandering case decided in the Supreme Court, which changed the political make-up of the City of Chicago, giving added representation to African Americans and Latinos in government. Dr. Morales is a member of First Congregational Church/Primera Iglesia Congregacional, Chicago.

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