Serving Our Community

Hyde Park Union Church has a distinguished history of leadership and service in our community and on the south side of Chicago. We take seriously our commitment as Christians to follow Christ’s example in loving and serving others; ministering to the sick, the poor, and the vulnerable; and working for peace, justice, and mercy.

Feeding the Hungry:  We house the Food Pantry, support the Soup Kitchen, and manage the finances and fund-raising for the Hyde Park–Kenwood Hunger Programs.

Ministering to the Sick and the Suffering:  Since 2002, we have provided the spiritual care and have trained chaplains at Jackson Park Hospital, where we have ministered to the sick, the poor, and those afflicted with addiction and mental illness.

Housing the Homeless, Protecting the Vulnerable:  We support the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project, and Jazz Christmas benefits Centers for New Horizons, a social services agency on the south side. We support Saint Martin de Porres House of Hope, a shelter for women and children in Woodlawn, with a school supply drive and a Thanksgiving offering of food and money collected by our children.

Agents of Peace and Mercy:  Since the early 1990s, under Pastor Susan’s leadership, we have worked to raise awareness about the shocking level of violence against youth in our city. These efforts have included Urban Dolorosa and our current partnership with Chicago’s Citizens for Change.

Advocates for Justice and Social Concerns:  The Missions and Social Concerns Committee plans presentations and forums to keep the congregation and broader community well informed of important areas of social concern. When appropriate, they encourage the congregation to write letters on these issues, and we work with Protestants for the Common Good to advocate for peace, justice, and mercy in our city and state.