The Heart, Soul & Spirit of Our Mission
Our Member Congregations come together across racial, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic lines to shape public policies that foster hope and create opportunity for all Illinois residents. Member Congregations form an effective and powerful network that speaks the truth with one resounding and persuasive voice to overcome the barriers of poverty and racism. A Leadership Council of Member Congregations determines legislation and campaign priorities over the course of the year.
Our Member Congregations
Principles: As a Congregational Christian church, we value faith, freedom and fellowship. We do not require a formal statement of belief as a condition of membership. Sincere Christian conviction and an honest desire to be together as followers of Jesus Christ are what unite us. We are open and affirming to people of all ages and abilities, races, sexual orientations and national origins.
First Congregational Church of La Grange (FCCLG) is a place where people come together to worship God, grow in community, and spread God’s love outside the walls of our church. FCCLG is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome persons of diverse racial and ethnic heritage, socioeconomic circumstance, gender, age, physical and mental ability, marital status, faith tradition, and sexual orientation to share in Christ’s invitation to love and serve.
Welcomes everyone to Christ’s table; Nurtures people’s minds and souls on their spiritual journeys; Learns across faiths and generations; Serves God’s vision of peace and well-being for all creation; and Practices compassion and service as a way of life.
You will find First Congregational Church to have an accepting, caring and nonjudgmental spirit where faith is renewed and power for living is found. A central foundation of our church is a dedication to justice and peace issues.
Mission: The members of First Congregational United Church of Christ commit to being an inclusive community of faith. We welcome and support all of God’s children by openly providing hospitality and sanctuary to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning persons.
At Gilead, we want to be church for and with people who’ve been turned out, turned off, or just left cold by church. We believe God welcomes all — and we have the stories of Jesus hanging out with all the “wrong” folks to prove it — and so we do too.
As a congregation of the United Church of Christ we embrace our church’s legacy of working for justice and the full humanity of all humankind and seek to live into its vision: “United in Christ’s love, a just world for all.” We take seriously Jesus’ imperative to care for the “least of these.”
A blessed people of God who are called to be a blessing to the world. This is accomplished through our mission to live the faith through worship, witness, and wondrous works. While seeking the heart of God through dynamic worship, the Word of God compels us to live lifestyles of worship that witness to the love and healing power of Christ.
Northfield Community Church's commitment is to be an inclusive and compassionate community that encourages, enlists, equips and enables its members and friends to engage in tangible acts of help and hope in its neighborhood, the wider community and in the world.
At the crossroads of a historic past and a promising future, engaged in a challenging present and in the midst of the rich diversity of Chicago, we are convinced that the mystery of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection unfolds within human life.
Our Redeemer's United Methodist Church is a fellowship of believers who worship God in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our church is friendly, caring, and accepts groups of Christians who reach out to the community in the name of Christ. We believe in Christian education, local and worldwide mission support, and social justice.
Our Saviour’s strives to “Grow together in faith and understanding of God’s grace.” All people in a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ are encouraged to let God’s Spirit deepen their relationship. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to grow spiritually through worship, prayer, Bible study, fellowship and service as we participate fully in the life of this congregation.
Pilgrim Congregational Church, United Church of Christ identifies as a multiracial and multicultural church. This commitment shows itself in all aspects of church life; from worship, Christian education, social action, and fellowship groups.
We welcome you here at Pullman Presbyterian Church with open arms. We demonstrate God’s love as a hugging, loving, praying and healing church. We are guided by the word of God, the salvation, the forgiveness and healing grace of Jesus Christ and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to help others through acts of charity and justice.
A vibrant Unitarian Universalist community, supporting each other in our spiritual journeys and in living out our values in the world. Join us to explore the big questions and make change in the world through commitment to social justice and service to others. Our community welcomes all people in worship and fellowship.
Transformation Community United Methodist Church is a vibrant faith community in the heart of Harvey striving to bring holistic hope, health, and help to the citizens we are called to serve. We are a faith community that believes that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
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Community Renewal Society's work is drawn from and led by our Member Congregations. Congregations across the Chicago metropolitan area come together to address the most pressing issues facing their communities. Congregations make an annual donation to CRS. Our organizers work with the congregations to identify, train, and develop congregational leaders. Together, these leaders work to identify the key issues affecting the members of their church and community and motivate and activate the church for large-scale action.
Congregations meet two to four times a year at the Leadership Council to identify issues of concern and launch new campaigns. One of these meetings is the Annual Membership Assembly where Member Congregations also elect the Board of Directors. Congregations also participate in organization-wide annual events such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Faith in Action Assembly and the Day of Faith at the Capitol.
When Member Congregations choose a new campaign, an Issue Team is formed. This team, made up of 10-15 leaders with special knowledge or passion for the issue, creates the campaign strategy, plans events, and leads public action to impact change.
The Policy and Organizing Committee (POC) is the decision-making body that represents the Congregations and Board of CRS. POC guides and supports the work of the Policy and Organizing Departments and establishes the priorities for our campaign work. POC is not responsible for day to day management of campaigns, but rather seeks to support and advise staff and managerial leadership as they advance our Platform for Renewal, as voted on by our congregational members.
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