Upcoming Events at UCRP
Rain or Shine Talent Show
Community Talent Show Fundraiser
Join us for a night of songs, skits, laughter, food, and fun
Saturday 24 August.
Held in the Peace Garden.
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Suggested donation $5.00 to serve the needs of the community.
There will be hot dogs and hamburgers available to purchase
If weather not cooperating, held inside Overdear Hall.
Showcase with one of our very own at Art Institute
UCRP’s very own Edvette played a part of the fashion show of the Envisioning Justice Initiative. Putting on this showing is Illinois Humanities, a group who exams what it means to be human through all forms of interpretation and expressions.
Edvette is one of the visual artists on the project. He captures and help shape the narrative of each event that showcased Circles and Ciphers contributed to this project through his photography. He also worked closely with the writer to properly narrate the story of each event for the visuals.
This exhibit is open to the public and runs till 12 October at
Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
33 South State Street, Chicago
Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
For more information: click here
Farewell to our Student Intern Lisley
On Sunday 4 August 2019, we said good-bye to our Student Intern Lisley Jaegar.
They oversaw the 10-week book study on "Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again" by Rachel Held Evans. This Book Study Group seemingly grew in numbers due to Lisley’s leadership.
Lisley greatly helped with UCRP Summer Camp’s 3rd and 4th graders.
While the intern was a short while, but both the congregation and Lisley learned and grew together.
UCRP wishes Lisley a path of continuing to seek justice.
After work on the water main the City of Chicago informed United Church of Rogers Park that we need to upgrade our plumbing connection to be in compliance. Unfortunately this work is fairly extensive and expensive and needs to be done quickly so that our water is not shut off.
United Church of Rogers Park has always been a safe place for the most vulnerable, from our free after school and summer kids programs, the restorative justice work of Circles and Ciphers, our work for LGBTQIA justice and the many, many community organizations that come through our doors, this building has played a part in making our community healthier and safer for decades.
But we can’t be a safe space without safe, drinkable water so we are asking the community to help us, please donate whatever you can so that we can continue the important work of love and justice on the corner of Morse and Ashland.
This water work project is $10,000. Every cent helps. Click here to donate
PROTECT ROGERS PARK
July 11, 2019 - Many of us have heard rumors of ICE raids this weekend or soon.
We know this administration relies on rumor, lies and terror to get their way, and they often say things they don't mean. We also know that we are safer together.
With all this in mind, we ask all of you to be vigilant, to be careful with your neighbors, and whenever possible to be out and about. Take a walk, have a picnic, talk to your neighbors, check on a friend, make a new one. And always carry Protect Rogers Park** number - 773-917-4505 - in your phone. We are safer together. So let's be together.
We are grateful to be in this neighborhood with all of you!
**Protect Rogers Park is a group of Rogers Parkers committed to protecting our community, especially those among us targeted due to race, immigration status, national origin, religion, or gender expression.
**Protect Rogers Park es un grupo de Rogers Park organizado para proteger a nuestra comunidad, especialmente a aquellos entre nosotros que son perseguidos por causa de nuestra raza, estatus migratorio, nacionalidad, religión, o expresión de género.
ALABAMA METHODISTS SIGNED AN APOLOGY LETTER TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY
Both clergy and laypersons, 548 Methodists in all, from all over Alabama came together to sign a letter apologizing to the LGBT community and condemning the national church's position against marriage equality and gay deacons. Though not an official act by the North Alabama Conference, most of the signatories were from the state.
"For every time that someone in the church has hurt you because of who you are or who you love, we are deeply sorry; we hurt with you, and we are committed to pursuing God's love and justice with you," the letter, posted Thursday 8 August 2019. To see the full letter, click her on ApologyLetter.info.
"We are grieved that our conference failed to do the right thing and apologize for the harm we have inflicted. We also wish to do more than apologize. We hope to deeply and loudly affirm your sacred worth," the letter continues.
"We should have done more to follow the movement of God's Spirit, and we are sorry for our failure. We are sorry for the harm of General Conference 2019, but we are convinced it is not the last word for the people called Methodist. ... The church is incomplete until it welcomes all."
Monday 2 September
Tell Congress and President Trump: End child detention and family separation.
Across the United States, news headlines are laying bare the horrific and fatal conditions migrant children, families, and adults are facing in detention centers, at the border, and on their way to the border. Many families have fled violence and poverty in their countries of origin to seek asylum in the United States, only to have U.S. immigration officials tear them apart.
Children are spending weeks or months in inhumane detention, lacking access to basic necessities and facing abuse, sleep deprivation, illness, and moare.
These policies are immoral and contrary to our Gospel mandate.
The United Methodist Church opposes “immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children” (Social Principles, ¶162.H). For years, the Church has called on the government to eliminate “indefinite detention, [and the] incarceration of children” and to establish “an immigration system that is rooted in the inherent worth, dignity, value and human rights of migrants.” (Book of Resolutions, 3281)
Today, we call on you — United Methodists.
The United Methodist Church directs its local churches, congregations, and members to: “call the United States government to immediately cease all arrests, detainment, and deportations of undocumented immigrants, including children, solely based upon their immigration status until a fair and comprehensive immigration reform is passed.” (Book of Resolutions, 3281)
Church and Society, in partnership with other faith-based organizations and community groups, is calling for an immediate end to child detention and family separation. Join us. Help young people send letters and drawings to Congress and President Trump, and send your own.
Now is the time to lift up your voice. Now is the time to take action.
Have children and youth write letters to Congress and President Trump, urging these leaders to do everything they can to immediately end child detention, unite immigrant children with their families, and prevent other detention centers from opening.
Let your members of Congress and President Trump know that you’re a United Methodist, a follower of Christ, and that separating and detaining children is bizarre, cruel and immoral. You can use our website to send an email right now to your representative and senators.
Worship Committee Meeting after worship on 22 September
We need you!
Do you have a car? Would you be willing to give rides to those who need assistance getting to worship on Sundays? Would you be able to pick up before service or give rides home after? Even if you can only commit to helping every once in a while, please let Pastor Hope know.