Missions and Justice

  • At First United Methodist Church, we like to think about Mission projects on three levels: Local, regional, and global.  We have shared the love of God with our neighbors in a variety of ways:



> Supporting a number of charities in the Greater Oak Park area that address concerns related to housing and food insecurity, domestic violence, mental health, parental support, and services for women and children.

> Sending teams to Habitat for Humanity Build Days to construct affordable housing in a community on Chicago's southside.

>  Working with the Community of Congregations to provide Holiday Food and Gift Baskets in the Adopt a Family program.

>  Collecting various items to contribute to those in need like school supplies, diapers and baby care items, hygiene kit supplies for Asylum seekers

> Contributing funds for the United Methodist Commission on Relief to aid in assisting those impacted by various natural disasters


We find ways to involve the congregation and community, from the youngest to the eldest, in service opportunities that arise in our community and beyond.


See our Events page for upcoming projects.


Thanks so much for your support!  Got a new idea?  Let us know and we can work on it together!

At First United Methodist Church, we are committed to standing with the oppressed and marginalized in our community and around the world.  Our Justice Team works with our Missions Team to address needs as we become aware and as resources are available.


We are providing leadership in the Oak Park community to convene a Congretional Network for Social Justice.


The mission of this group is to support social justice initiatives by promoting anti-oppression and anti-racism learning while building relationship among West Cook neighborhoods and faith communities.



Our Goals:


> Identify individuals, faith communities, and organizations in West Cook County that are engaged in anti-oppression, anti-racism, and social justice initiatives.


> Open pathways of communication and mutual support among the West Cook faith communities and organizations that are engaged in anti-oppression, anti-racism, and social justice work.  Our intention is to establish communication on a monthly basis and to schedule both Zoom and in-person meeetings on a quarterly basis.


> Provide opportunities for deep, ongoing learning about he history of systems of oppression and about the resulting economic and moral impact on ourselves and on society.


> Establish a database network that can publicize events and ongoing initiatives related to anti-oppression, anti-racism, and social justice within the West Cook communities.


Our Vision:


We envision an inclusive and energized community committed to addressing many areas and topics of historical harm and current concern in an atmosphere of shared leadership.  We extend open invitations, open arms, and open hearts as we gain strength to open doors slammed shut and boarded up for too long.


We Need You!


Are you passionate about justice ministry and want to connect with others who share those interests?  Do you have ideas for ways to take action or get into the community?  Do you have ongoing projects that you think might complement what we are doing?  Let us know.  Partnerships and collaboration are often the way to advance towards shared goals.