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Faith in Action Teams

Our Faith in Action teams serve as powerful agents of change that stand in the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be. Together we work for meaningful change through service, education, advocacy, organizing, and public witness. We offer many opportunities to get involved - from one-time service learning experiences to ongoing commitments. To learn more, please contact our team facilitators listed below, or our Faith in Action Coordinator, Rev. Colleen: cvahey@unitytemple.org

Unity Temple Congregational Action Network (UTCAN)
As leaders and team facilitators, we work to provide leadership, support, and collaboration of the justice and service teams of Unity Temple. Contact: Judy, Merritt, Lurana and Rich at utcan@unitytemple.org

 

Justice Teams

Restorative Justice Team
Learn more about our growing network of 60+ congregations who collaborate to take effective action on issues of racial and economic justice in metro-Chicago. Contact: Rich and Alice at crs@unitytemple.org

Green Sanctuary
We raise awareness of environmental issues; deepen the connection between spiritual practice and daily choices; encourage sustainable living; and promote pro-environment policy changes in collaboration with our community partners, Faith in Place and UU Advocacy of Illinois (UUANI). Contact: green@unitytemple.org.

Immigration Team
Learn more about our work with refugee resettlement, detainees at the Broadview Detention Center, the Unaccompanied Children’s Interfaith Ministry (UCIM), and legislative advocacy. Contact: Lurana at immigration@unitytemple.org

MyHAT (Mental Health Awareness Team)
We raise awareness of mental health issues and available resources, and work to reduce stigma in our society by providing many educational events, and advocating for public policy changes. Contact: Bonnie and Joan at myhat@unitytemple.org

Move to Amend
We advocate to limit corporate influence on the political system and overturn the Citizens United ruling.  Contact:Terry at move@unitytemple.org.

Peace Team
We broaden the voices for peace within our congregation and the wider community.  Activities include: participation in peace marches, educational programming, outreach to community organizations and congregations, and engaging in peace activities at a regional level. Contact: Ed at peaceteam@unitytemple.org

Reproductive Justice Team
We work to keep birth control services available, offer educational events, and contact elected representatives about key issues. Contact: Duane at reproductive@unitytemple.org

 

Service Teams

Action in Austin
Learn more about our coalition of members from Unity Temple and Third Unitarian Church forming partnerships in the Austin neighborhood, and working to make a positive difference. Contact: Beth, Lisa, and Mary at actioninaustin@unitytemple.org

Crop Walk
As a member of the Community of Congregations, we participate in this annual walk and fundraiser to help alleviate hunger. Join us the first Sunday in May. Contact Colleen: cvahey@unitytemple.org

Family Faith in Action
We are a community of caregivers and children who work together to identify and execute social mission projects that are meaningful and accessible to all ages, while always maintaining an element of fun! The aim is to provide a great foundation for families to build a lifelong love of service. Contact: Lauren and Chris at familyfaithinaction@unitytemple.org

Food Rescue Program
Each week, teams from our congregation “rescue” food set aside at Trader Joe’s on Fridays, and transport it to the OPRF Food Pantry, where we help sort, bag, and store items for distribution on Saturdays. If you are interested in learning more or signing-up to help, please contact: Barbara at foodrescue@unitytemple.org

Housing Forward (formerly West Suburban Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
Helps hundreds of individuals and families transition from homelessness to stable housing every year. Members contribute by volunteering in the shelter, serving at fundraising events and on the Board, and providing supplies and food. Contact: Steve and Judy at housingforward@unitytemple.org

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
Our members volunteer at the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry by helping with set-up, distribution of food, or registering clients. Contact: Barbara at foodrescue@unitytemple.org