Faith In Action Network

Faith In Action Network

Spiritually Grounded: We draw on our deepest values to guide us as we answer the call to justice.
Deeply Relational: We build relationships across boundaries of race and class.
Strategically Effective: We work in partnership and strive for the greatest collective impact.
Members, friends and community leaders shape the heart of our faith in action network.

Eco-Justice Team

Where compassion and action meet our 7th UU principle – respect for the interdependent web of all life. Our congregation helped start Faith in Place, our key partner in sustainability and advocacy for environmental justice. We are also an active member in the Oak Park Interfaith Green Network, a collaboration of 15+ local faith communities working on environmental justice and sustainability. Contact ecojustice@unitytemple.org

Food Rescue

Every Friday a team from our congregation rescues food from Trader Joe’s in Oak Park, and delivers, unpacks and sorts items to be distributed on Saturday at Beyond Hunger – helping alleviate hunger in our community, and keeping good food out of landfills. Contact foodrescue@unitytemple.org

Housing Forward

Housing Forward sites provide shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Our members support Housing Forward in a variety of ways, including collection drives and volunteering at one site – First United Church (across the street from Unity Temple) – 4th Mondays, 6-10:30pm, or 5-7am the following morning. Contact housingforward@unitytemple.org

Immigration and Refugee Response

We believe in our first UU principle – the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We organize members and friends to take actions with our community partners, including: Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), and Refugee One, to advocate for immigration justice. Contact immigration@unitytemple.org

LBGTQ+, Gender and Reproductive Justice
We are working to uplift the right to bodily autonomy for all. We work with local partners like OPALGA, Equality Illinois, Midwest Access Coalition and others to organize education, advocacy and community rapid response efforts. Contact LGBTQGenderReproductive@unitytemple.org.
Restorative Justice Team

We work with our community partners: Community Renewal Society (CRS), and the UU Prison Ministry of Illinois (UUPMI) to transform the prison industrial complex, and support in-prison ministry, a pen pal program between people locked up and people in the free world, re-entry services, and education to help our congregation become a place of radical hospitality and welcome. Contact restorativejustice@unitytemple.org.

Vote Love

Our team started in fall 2019 as part of the UUA’s national #UUtheVote, and statewide UUANI Vote Love campaign. Join us in #LivingOurValues with our 5th UU principle–valuing the democratic process! We organize around issues that reflect our values, and take actions to protect our democracy and the right to vote. Contact votelove@unitytemple.org