KUC Blog: Unity Within Diversity

Dear Friends of Kenilworth Union Church,

KatieEntering the sanctuary from the narthex, the first stained glass window depicts the World Council of Churches Oikumene symbol: a boat afloat on the sea of the world with a mast in the form of the cross.  This early Christian symbol embodies our faith at Kenilworth Union and connects us to Christians around the globe; it expresses a unity, common witness and commitment to Christian service.  Back in 1948, Dr. Hodgson expressed it this way, “What the World Council of Churches hopes and prays will happen over the next century is already happening here at Kenilworth Union Church—unity within diversity.”

Our Christian witness and service is an extension of that unity within diversity; we love God-in-our-midst when we send mission partners to work with Three Angels.  We love God-in-our-midst when we serve at Family Promise.  We love God-in-our-midst when we eat with formerly incarcerated men at St. Leonard’s.

  • Three Angels Children’s Relief serves orphans and at-risk families in Haiti.
  • For those released from prison in Chicago, St. Leonard’s Ministries provides housing and employment so they have the resources needed to rebuild their lives.
  • For homeless families and young children on the North Shore, Family Promise provides hope, strength and inspiration… and the opportunity to regain self-sufficiency.

Mission, outreach and service are central to the life of our Church, and these are just three of the agencies we partner with to be God’s hands and feet in the world.

November and December are particularly important seasons of service.  We keep our youth service opportunity list full—and it fills up fast.  Adopt-A-Family program is beginning, the Quest service program for youth as young as 7th grade is beginning December 2, our IMPACT reveal night is November 22, and our Kids-For-Kids Club and P*Wee Club are both collecting cans for our Christopher House Food Drive.

That is mission, outreach and service for even the youngest among us.  No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you can, with hope, love and serve the Lord.  God is good, God is at work in this place, and God is calling you to serve with joy.

In God’s peace,
Katie Snipes Lancaster