Ministry for Change

“Transformative Community Engagement and Social Justice”

We want to change the world. Please come join us! 

The Ministry for Change is committed to Transformative Community Engagement and Social Justice. We help the congregation live out Jesus’ call to “do justice,” (Micah 6:8) and serve “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). 

We seek to do this by:

  • Helping members of the congregation understand and address the root causes of social problems such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, and others, by learning about the systems that cause or contribute to human suffering. 
  • Using the church’s and its members’ personal and financial power with others to help change the systems that cause or contribute to human suffering.
  • Providing opportunities for members of the congregation to help alleviate human suffering caused by these systems through direct service with and/or financial contributions to individuals and organizations that serve those who are suffering or who otherwise face barriers to wellbeing.

 

Our Work

We help coordinate the Church’s work with DuPage United. DuPage United is an inclusive, non-profit, fiercely non-partisan organization whose members are civil society institutions: churches, mosques, synagogues, non-profit agencies, and associations. This mix of institutions has come together to form public relationships and to act together to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. DuPage United engages in democratic action in the public arena. Union Church has been a member of DuPage United since 2015.

Our work with DuPage United includes organizing and direct advocacy through meetings with legislators and participation in advocacy events through DuPage United.

We work in coordination with the Church’s Before We Get to Mars project. 

We support eight domestic partners and two international organizations which seek to alleviate human suffering. We provide opportunities to share our gifts and resources to meet the needs of the communities we are impacting as well as provide meaningful experiences for our congregation and build relationships with the people we serve.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”    – 1 Peter 4:10

 

How we serve at home:

We offer financial support to all our partners and provide opportunities to volunteer as well.  Our current partners are: 

For information on how to serve these partners sharing your time and talents see the descriptions of each partner and the volunteer opportunities here

 

How we serve abroad

 
Guatemala

One of our partners in Guatemala is Habitat for Humanity We take a biannual week-long trip to Rabinal, a small rural town, where we assist in building homes for families.  We have taken groups to Rabinal for over fourteen years. We have built many relationships with the people of this community along with much needed homes.

We also partner with Dreams & Hopes, which aids four towns along the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, focusing on supporting Mayan youth and children by providing scholarship, tutoring, educational support, career development opportunities, and positive role models for academic and professional success.

Contact For More Information about our work in Guatemala: EMAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION or call 630-323-4303.

 
Angola

The Illinois Conference of the UCC has a long-time relationship with the Congregational Church in Angola (IECA). We at Union Church have a congregation-to-congregation partnership with the Peregrinos (Pilgrim) Church in Huambo.  We include each other in prayer, have made visits to Angola to further our relationships there, and have hosted visitors from Angola here. We also give ongoing support to the IECA English Language Institute in Huambo and to the hospital at Dondi mission. The hospital’s 2020 annual report can be found [need to update link].

We took our first group trip to Huambo, Angola in January 2020. Union Church members, along with Perigrinos Church members, planted trees in a deforested area, arranged for a shipment of corn to be delivered to the drought-stricken south of Angola, and built relationships with each other and within the community. This is an evolving and growing partnership!

Contact For More Angola Mission Information: EMAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION or call 630-323-4303.

 

 

Union Church Endowment Fund and the Ministry for Change

The Ministry for Change oversees and administers several funds the Union Church Endowment Fund as well as other mission and social justice related church funds. 

Links and information:

DuPage United

Before We Get to Mars Project

The Boulevard

A Just Harvest

HCS – Family Services

The Night Ministry

DuPage PADS

San Lucas Church and the Union Church Soup Ministry

South Chicago Christian Center