Racial Equity Action Leadership Team 2017-07-05T16:28:22+00:00

Racial Equity Action Leadership Team

We are the REAL Team, Racial Equity Action Leadership.  We are all in this together, as many of us UCE members and friends who want to work together to fight racism in our hearts, our church and in our communities.   There is a small planning committee bringing educational and action programming to UCE and the community, with the help and support and ideas of many!  To share your ideas or offer to help, contact one of the following planning team members:

Betty Walker                                          [email protected]

Lynn Kendall                                         [email protected]

Sarah Vanderwicken                           [email protected]

Martha Holman                                    [email protected]

Karen Courtright                                 [email protected]

Click here for some things you can do to help fight racism.

“Diversity is sometimes about counting people. Inclusion is always about making people count.”

– Steve L. Robbins

A Great Evening to end Women’s History Month at UCE!

On Saturday, March 25, the REAL team presented a program titled “Women Making Change” to focus on the accomplishments and the stories of the African American women in this community. It was attended by at least one hundred twenty people who enjoyed a hearty meal and engaged in lively discussion.

The program was designed to offer a chance for all citizens in Evanston to join together in sharing a meal, which was the particular goal of Gretchen Brewster, to discuss their ideas about the issues facing women and to hear the ideas and experiences of local African American women of note.

Dino Robinson, of Shorefront Legacy Center, opened the program with a brief history of some of the Black women leaders in Evanston. Dr. Cheryl Johnson-Odim, a prominent activist and educator, then expanded this history to a wider community and time. She was joined by JoAnn Avery of Family Focus, and Karli Butler of Curt’s Café, who shared their experiences and ideas for change in a panel discussion. Following their presentations, Representative Jan Schakowsky joined them and offered a few comments.

Information about various community programs and their needs are available for the asking. Check out the REAL bulletin board above the Lending Library cart for some ideas, or ask a REAL team member.

As always, we are indebted to the staff (who went above and beyond) and volunteers at UCE who helped make the program a success. They are: Liz Eason and Kathy Talmage, Kristi Anderson, Jane Bannor, Dana Deane, Heike Eghardt, Liz Goodwin, Paula Giroux, Lynn Kendall, Jeanne Kerl, Shannon Lang, Gay Menges, Jinny Niemann, Chris Peterson, Kate Poole, Gini Sayad, Michael Skilton, Joan Taylor, Jan Valukas and Betty Walker. Thank you!














































By | April 7th, 2017|Categories: Racial-equality|0 Comments

The REAL team asks you to consider supporting these local, black-owned businesses

The REAL team asks you to consider supporting these local, black-owned businesses:

Claire’s Corner
Hecky’s Barbeque
Jamaican Jerk
Jennifer’s Edibles  (catering)
Just Turkey
Kingston Grill
Yo-fresh Yogurt café

Dental Art Specialists
Carl E. Hill, MD
Generation Copy
Good News Laundry
Smitty’s Auto Repair and Towing
Turf Care Landscaping, 847.475.1677

African-American Black Gifts (online store)
Brown Baby Reads (online store)

Body Science personal fitness training
Fitness Avenues
Hip Circle Studio
The Fitness Matrix

Ashley Lauren
Executive Studio Hair Salon
Ikandi Hair Studio
Wesley’s International Hair Salon

Classy Closet Consignment
Minouchic Boutique resale
Stepping Out on Faith consignment

Honeycomb insurance
Jim Lee- State Farm insurance
Robert Reece Insurance/Financial Services

American Defensive Driving school
Paige and Paxton  (STEM curriculum for young children)
Davis Transportation (vans, busses)
Shorefront Legacy Center


By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Racial-equality|0 Comments

News from the REAL Team

A core group of leaders created the Racial Equity, Action and Leadership Team in early 2015 to create, sponsor and implement programs, activities and workshops for the UCE community.  REAL is organizationally part of the Social Action Council and is focused on providing education about racism and what it means to be white in our work for racial justice; and to provide channels for direct action by members of the congregation.

After two years of successful programming, the REAL Core Team (Martha Holman, Joan Retzloff and Sarah Vanderwicken) is now defining a broader committee of UCE members and friends to be REAL Activators. Several UCE members have been invaluable in the execution of programs and activities REAL has sponsored, and have in fact initiated projects themselves. These contributors are the first new Activators: Heike Eghardt, Karen Courtright, Betty Walker and Shirley Adams. These newly designated team members will participate in planning, implementing and promoting new initiatives in 2017 and beyond.


By | December 15th, 2016|Categories: Racial-equality|0 Comments