In 2017 the PR/AR Committee has given grants to:
Fifteenth Ave. Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rock Island for Rise Up – a garden program for juvenile refugees at risk for incarceration.
Rise Up is a ministry of Fifteenth Avenue Christian Church that is designed to teach gardening and life skills to youth who are at risk for incarceration. These youth are given the opportunity to develop relationships with healthy and affirming role models as they are learn employment skills and develop an increased understanding of community resources. The program addresses cultural biases and barriers to refugees and immigrants becoming a part of the Beloved Community
University Church in Hyde Park for ‘Sanctuary Café”
Sanctuary Café located in University Church in Hyde Park brings together art/ food/ justice over a cup of coffee. The Café invites artists to display their art that addresses current and historical justice issues. Singers, poets, actors and others are provided a stage to inform, entertain, and teach about justice. The Café features home baked goods and coffee. It is dedicated to justice and human rights organizing.
Parkway Gardens Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Chicago for the MOMS Summer Program
MOMS or Mothers a Mission is a ministry of Parkway Gardens Christian Church that provides a safe haven for community children each day from 3 PM – 6 PM. Activities occur both inside and outside the church building for the 50 – 60 children can come and truly enjoy being a child in a safe and nurturing environment.
Seed money to LGBTQI Team
The Vision Statement of the Christian Church in Il/ WI calls for us to be a radically welcoming region. In effort to live into that reality, individuals have been invited to be a part of a new task group for the purpose of offering radical welcome and inclusion to members of the LGBTQI community. The PR/AR Committee has provided a grant to support establishment and early efforts of this task group so that all may be fully welcomed and part of the Beloved Community.
2018 Grant Applications will soon be available on the website. Congregations engaged in the work of educating the community about racism, advocating for individuals who are harmed by racism, and ministries intended to organize for human rights and the radical welcome and inclusion of all in the beloved community are invited to apply. Typical grants are between $1000 and $2000.