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 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.
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.
“Every Healthy Community Has a Safety Net.”
Hyde Park Union Church has actively supported the Hyde Park & Kenwood Hunger Programs since their beginning in 1981. In 2007, our church took over the financial management of the Hunger Programs, under the direction of the Hunger Programs’ board. In this role, we work with other groups and faith communities to collect food, to recruit volunteers, and to raise funds for this important work. The Hyde Park & Kenwood Hunger Programs are supported by people who live in the community.
In 2000, the Food Pantry moved to our church. It is open every Saturday throughout the year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several of our members volunteer and assist each week with the unloading of deliveries from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Church Office, or Jan Deckenbach, the volunteer coordinator. Email Jan Deckenbach
The Soup Kitchen is coordinated by Rev. Leroy Sanders at his church, Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave. It serves a hot meal on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays from Noon to 1 p.m. Once a month, on Missions and Social Concerns Sundays, our church prepares chili after Sunday Worship for 200 to be served the following day at the Open Kitchen. If you would like to volunteer, please email Rev. Leroy Sanders