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:

Joan Retzloff                                         jr1100@comcast.net

Sarah Vanderwicken                           vanderesq@mindspring.com

Martha Holman                                    holman.martha@gmail.com

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

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

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