July 21st, 2019

Person ≠ Mental Health Obstacle – People living with mental health obstacles are but one group who desire the visibility of the individual. We live in a society that is fascinated with labels. One could imagine that labeling is a way of our culture that aims to provide a comfort zone for the unknown. Nevertheless, many individuals want family, church, work, and society-at-large to see them beyond such labels.

     Jon Gilbert Martinez is a recent graduate with a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is originally from Deep South Texas along the US/Mexico border and a multi-generational Tejano and Chicano. His home church is First Congregational Church of Evanston a part of the United Church of Christ where Gilbert is a member in discernment on track for ordination. Currently, he serves as the Community Pastoral Care Minister at San Lucas UCC in Humboldt Park. He also serves on the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network Board of Directors. Gilbert lives in Chicago with his husband, infant son, two nieces, sister, and several fur-children.


We Have a New DLRE!

The Search Team for the new Director of Lifespan Religious Education, along with Rev. Eileen, are thrilled to announce that a highly qualified candidate has accepted the position of Director of Lifespan Religious Education at UCE.  Kathy Underwood will be starting her new position at UCE on August 4.  Kathy, a third generation Unitarian Universalist, comes to us from Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist, where she has been the Interim Director of Religious Education for the past year. Click here to learn more!

Accepting Shared Offering Nominations 2019-2020

To see more information about the Shared Plate Selection Process and to access a nomination form,
Click Here.

We encourage you to nominate between 1 and 3 organizations that you respect and that could
benefit from our
Share the Plate program Nominations must be
submitted by July 31, 2019. 

UCE Capital Campaign

As of July 16, our gift total is:


Thank you!

If you haven’t yet heard from the Campaign Leadership team, someone will reach out to set up a meeting with you between now and the fall.