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Steering Committee

Claudia Austin, NP, President

Church Women United of Illinois

The Illinois Chapter of a national movement of Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian Women. Church Women United is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice.

Jennifer DeLeon, Assistant Regional Director

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), & Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is a not-for-profit social services agency of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It serves people of all faiths and all walks of life, including children, families and adults of all ages. Responding to the Gospel, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois brings healing, justice and wholeness to people and communities.

Reverend Dr. Richard Ellerbrake, Member

United Congregations of Metro East

Twenty-six congregations share a strong desire for lasting social change that benefits all citizens, and share a duty as citizens and people of faith to protect the well being of our families, neighborhoods and communities. We believe that healthy communities are necessary to develop and nurture healthy citizens.

Illinois South Conference of the United Church of Christ

The Conference is a community of faith comprised of eighty-five congregations in 33 counties, engaged in the nurture of churches and their leaders, serving in the name of Jesus Christ. It is to be the expression of the United Church of Christ in southern Illinois, and is to reflect and relate the nature and character of the local church to the denomination, and to relate the church’s denominational and national character to the local church.

Reverend Dr. Larry Greenfield

American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago

A multi racial/ethnic and theologically diverse association of 65 American Baptist congregations committed to being evangels of the Evangel of Good News about God’s Beloved community — a Community of all embracing love that finds expression in reconciliation, compassion, justice, and peace.

Debbie Griffith

Evangelical Covenant Church, IL/WI Region

The ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.

Reverend Al Sharp, Executive Director Protestants for the Common Good

Protestants for the Common Good educates and mobilizes people of faith to participate in political democracy for the sake of social justice and the beloved community.

Reverend Gary McCants, Chairman, Public Policy Team

Illinois Conference of Churches

The ICC is a state-wide ecumenical organization of 28 member Judicatories of 14 denominations representing the Protestant, Anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian traditions, which seek to be an inclusive community that celebrates and makes visible our sacred bonds of unity in Christ. The Public Policy Team assists the ICC in “making public, prophetic witness to Christ’s love for all people,” by discussing and determining specific ways the ICC can vocalize and become visible on matters of concern that impact the lives of those it represents.

South District, Illinois Conference, African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Mission of the South District, Illinois Conference, African Methodist Episcopal Church, is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel through word and deed. Every one of the twenty-five congregations in the South District shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and serve the needy.

Imam Kifah Mustapha, Imam & Associate Director

The Mosque Foundation

The Mosque Foundation serves the spiritual, religious and communal needs of area Muslims by means of nurturing their faith, upholding their values, and fostering the wellbeing of the community around it through worship, charity, education, outreach, and civic engagement.

Mohamad Nasir

Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

A federation of Islamic Centers, mosques, and social service groups in the Greater Chicago area representing the cross-section of over 400,000 Muslims, with the goal to provide effective advocacy on critical civil liberties and social justice issues impacting American-Muslims; and educate fellow Americans about Islam as a religion and a way of life.

Reverend Dr. Thomas Parrott-Sheffer

Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ

Our mission is to strengthen local churches in the worship of God, in the ministry of Christ, and to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. We covenant to celebrate and respect one another and to discover our common identity in the richness of our diversity, to confront injustice and to promote justice, to invite all people to become disciples of Jesus the Christ, to engage in mission as partners with the whole church and by example of Jesus the Christ.

Reverend Larry Ulrich, Former President

Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago
Church of the Brethren, Illinois & Wisconsin District

Reverend Walter Wilkins, Member, Board of Church in Society

United Methodist Church Board of Church and Society

The message of salvation brought by Jesus Christ binds us together as a people and sends us forth to bring healing in the midst of strife, justice in the midst of brokenness, and love in the midst of hate. As United Methodists, we are called to invite people to enter into a community of faith responsive to a vision of justice ministries that is biblically and theologically grounded, and to invite United Methodist congregations to play a prophetic role in bringing God’s vision to reality. Our mission is to advocate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the church and society.

Bathsheba Wyatt-Draper

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

The RainbowPUSH Coalition is a progressive organization fighting for social change. As a mighty coalition of conscience; workers, women and people of color have the power to make the American Dream a Reality!

Rabbi Michael R. Zedek

Emmanuel Congregation

Senior Rabbi of Emanuel Congregation of Chicago. He began in 1976 serving for 26 years leading Congregation B’nai Jehudah in Kansas City, Missouri, a “giant” congregation making him the youngest rabbi to do so. He is also the youngest man to ever receive the alumnus-in-residence award at the Cincinnati and Los Angeles campuses of Hebrew Union College. He is also the recipient of the Danforth Graduate Fellowship, a Fulbright-Hays Grant and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate. In addition to his spiritual activities, he serves on a number of civic affair boards, hosts a radio show, and has numerous speaking and teaching appointments around the world.