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Pilgrim Church is connected to the wider community in multiple ways.

We are an active participant in the work of our denomination, the United Church of Christ, and are institutionally engaged with a variety of partners in promoting social and environmental justice. Here we provide notices of actions and activities that, while not specifically undertaken by Pilgrim, provide opportunities for members and friends to live out their faith in action.

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On October 23 at 7pm, the Community of Congregations will hold our Fall Meeting at the First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, located at 324 N Oak Park Avenue. This will be a facilitated conversation addressing the hopes and reactions and uncertainties that have been raised in our community, stemmed largely by America to Me. It will be a time for people of diverse faith to reflect together, to listen, and hopefully identify next steps that we as members of the faith community want to make happen. The facilitator will be Reesheda Graham-Washington, founder of L!VE Cafe and the co-author of recently published Soul Force: Seven Pivots toward Courage, Community, and Change.


The Chicago SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) History Project in consortium with other institutions will be hosting an international conference: “The Global Sixties: Social Movements for Civil Rights, Decolonization and Human Rights, April 4-8, 2019. In preparation for it, there will be a series of workshops that address the themes of the conference. This Workshop, “From Selma to Soweto: Building an International Movement in Solidarity with Freedom, Justice and Equality,” will be held October 27, 2018 at Third Unitarian Church of Austin.

Film Screening of two films: “Skin Deep” and “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,”

Featuring Discussion Speakers: Prexy Nesbitt, Dr. Jane Rhodes and Dr. Brenda Gayle Plummer.

For more information: please visit this link:

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The purpose of West Side Bridge is to bring people together to bridge the gap between the West Side of Chicago and West Suburbs through networking. We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month. The meeting is open to all local professionals, but RSVP is required! Contact Kristen Benford at (708) 613-3306 or Bring your business cards!

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The Leaders Network is a collaboration of clergy and community stakeholders working to expand the kingdom discuss issues of concern to the communities on the west side of the city. The primary goals of the Leaders Network include educational excellence, economic empowerment, and leadership development. The group is led by Co-Chairs, Dr. Marshall Hatch of New Mount Pilgrim Church and Dr. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church. Rev. Cy Fields of New Landmark Church serves as President. This group also organizes voter registration drives, press conferences, marches and rallies for justice. We are grateful for the work they do. Pilgrim Church is a corporate sponsor of the Leaders Network. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 9:30 to 11 am at the Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson, Chicago.

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Men coming together to connect and grow business opportunities through networking.   The West Side Men meet the 3rd Friday of the month at noon for lunch at MacArthur's Restaurant 5412 W. Madison St., Chicago.  $10 per person includes lunch (cafeteria-style soul food).

RSVP is appreciated but not required to Dawn Ferencak at ( or call 708-613-3329


School supply time again!

Pilgrim will be collecting school supplies for Cluster Tutoring from mid-August through September.  Especially needed: pencils, crayons, washable markers, glue sticks/glue, rulers, scissors for young children, post-it-notes; 2 inch and 3 inch binders, supply boxes, pencil bags and 3 ring binder paper.  Please put your donations in the box  which will be at the back of the sanctuary 

You can learn more about Cluster Tutoring, including how to volunteer at

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Call for volunteers!

We need people to help staff Pilgrim's shift at the PADS Homeless Shelter at First United Methodist Church on the fourth Friday of the month, from 5:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m., between September and April.  We also need people to prepare and serve dinner on the fourth Thursday of the month.

This is an excellent opportunity to serve those in our community in need of food and shelter.  No experience or special skills needed.  No long-term permanent commitments needed -- pick one or two months.  Please contact Rev. Gloria Cox at if you are interested in volunteering.


Investment for Good - Individual and Institutional Investors

Thursday, November 8, 7-8:30 pm Oak Park Library Veterans Room

Panel Discussion:

  • Matthew Blume, Appleseed Capital, an advisor for on Divestment strategies

  • Kristin Carlson Vogen, Senior Director of Development and Donor Services at The Chicago Community Trust with a focus on giving for impact and developing collaborative philanthropy strategies

  • Jake Barnett, Institutional Consultant with the Chicago office of Graystone Consulting of Morgan Stanley.

Questions: Richard Alton, or 773.344.7172