Religious

Website Address
Address
Affirmation, P.O. Box 1021, Evanston, IL
60204
Description

Affirmation: United Methodist is a non-profit, all-volunteer, national activist caucus of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and their family and friends, that advocates full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all areas and levels of the United Methodist Church.

Address
535-A1 Custer Ave, A1 Evanston, IL
60202
Phone Number
847-475-3692
Description

Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA) is a coalition of engaged people who share a commitment to peace through justice. We focus on the issues of: Military Spending, Nuclear Arms Abolition, Climate Change, Nuclear Energy and the U.S. in Conflict.

Public Notes

Hosts several forums a year; publishes a quarterly newsletter.
Schedules meetings with elected officials, provides guest speakers for events.
Maintains a resource library on peace and justice issues.

Address
7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie IL
60077-3335
Phone Number
847-677-3334
Categories
Description

The Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, founded in 1882, is a self-governing, inclusive, caring community­—providing a home to those who seek a rational, compassionate philosophy of life without regard to belief or non-belief in a supreme being. We focus on the ethical values that bring people together, not on the beliefs that keep people apart.

Contact Person
Margo Butler
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-328-2626
Categories
Description

Group of women and men who meet to build spiritual unity through prayer, share fellowship and discussion of their Catholic identity, religious traditions and experiences. Organize the St. Nicholas annual Holy Family/Kwanzaa Mass celebration. Meetings are on the last Sunday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at 838 Grey Ave., Evanston.

Contact Person
Steve Perkins
Contact Email
Phone Number
773-269-4055
Parent Organization
Description

Challenges Evanston’s religious congregations to be active stewards of the environment; provides resource support, workshops and opportunities for joint projects. Usually meets the fourth Tuesday, September–June, 7–9 PM, Evanston Friends Meeting House, 1010 Greenleaf.

Public Notes

Faith in Place encourages people of all faiths to integrate teachings with economic and ecological practices and work together for an economically just and ecologically sustainable shared future.
Encourages people of all faiths to integrate teachings with economic and ecological practices and work together for an economically just and ecologically sustainable shared future.

Address
1615 Lake Street, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Wendy Weaver, Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-833-9764
Description

The Evanston North Shore Community (ENSC) Mass Choir consists of adult singers from various churches throughout the North Shore community who celebrate through the rich tradition of African American religious music, ranging from inspirational spirituals to contemporary gospel tunes.

Public Notes

Auditions are held on Friday Nights from 6:30-7:00PM
Choir rehearsal held bi-weekly on Friday from 7:30-9:30PM

Organization Name
Contact Person
Rev. Patricia A. Efiom (Ebenezer AME Church) or Pastor Clifford Wilson (Mt. Pisgah Ministry)
Phone Number
847-328-1707 (Rev. Efiom) or 847-328-6808 (Pastor Wilson)
Description

Evanston faith leaders and City officials encourage residents to claim ownership of their home, block and community by adhering to the “Evanston Own It” proclamation, which acknowledges that every resident deserves to live in a safe, caring community and take ownership of everything that happens throughout the city despite where they live.

As a part of its commitment, Evanston’s faith-based community will offer support and pledge to work with residents to achieve an “own it” spirit, in addition to spreading the ideology that what happens to one person in Evanston happens to all.

For a list of upcoming events, visit http://cityofevanston.org/evanston-own-it.

Public Notes

Participating faith organizations include:
• Bethel AME Church
• Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church
• Ebenezer AME Church
• Faith Temple Church of God in Christ
• First Church of God Christian Life Center
• Fisher Memorial AME Zion Church
• Friendship Baptist Church
• Mount Pisgah Ministry
• Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church
• New Beginnings North Shore Church
• New Hope CME Church
• Second Baptist Church
• Sherman United Methodist Church
• Springfield Baptist Church

Address
P.O. Box 1414, Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Person
Sue Murphy, Executive Director
Phone Number
847-475-1150
Description

An organization that links members of over 50 Evanston religious organizations and facilitates cooperative work for the hungry and homeless, interfaith dialogue and community building. Outreach projects include soup kitchens, warming centers and the Hospitality Center for the Homeless. Annual Vision-Keeper Dinner for members. Sponsors annual Evanston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at various houses of worship.

Warming Centers are located in the facilities of member houses of worship and are staffed by volunteers. The Centers open in November and continue through March.
Hospitality Center for the Homeless located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, offers social services and referrals weekdays from 7-11 am.
Producemobile provides distribution of free produce on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9:30-11:30 am. at Robert Crown Center.
Soup Kitchens are run by teams of volunteers in several locations.
Overnight Emergency Shelter: The Emergency Overnight Shelter is open every
night from mid November through March, at 6 different faith communities,
from 9pm to 7am.

Organization Name
Contact Person
Eileen O’Farrell Smith, Director
Phone Number
773-325-9388
Description

Resource center providing educational support, mentoring, community, and formation for interfaith and interchurch families, and the clergy and religious communities that serve them.

Special community offered include: Hebrew Naming and Baptism for children, “Under 5’s” for parents of young children to share examples and be role models, The Union School for children
beginning in Kindergarten (Sunday mornings from 10:45-11:45am), and interfaith masses, Shabbats, and weddings.

Address
1427 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
847-492-8260
Description

A Christian campus mission, with six different chapters geared toward different groups on the Northwestern campus.

Address
2906 Central St, PO Box 206, Evanston IL
60201
Phone Number
312-409-4845
Description

A predominantly Jewish organization advocating for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Organizes monthly vigils around the Chicago area, provides speakers on Israeli-Palestinian issues.
Facebook Page

Address
Multicultural Center, 1936 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL
60208
Contact Email
Description

Increase awareness of Islamic culture at NU and to provide an Islamic environment for Muslim students. Organizes activities for Muslim students, Islamic Awareness Week, philanthropy food drives, Ramadan dinners, and tutoring. Primary motive is to promote the human values that Islam emphasizes: community, equality, justice, mercy, compassion, and peace.

Address
708 South Boulevard, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Monica Sageman
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-609-2231
Description

NCJC is a warm and open community that shares and teaches Jewish culture and traditions through a secular perspective. Jewish Cultural Sunday School for grades K-7, Social and Religious Holiday Celebrations, community gatherings, teen and adult programs.

Address
1818 Dempster Avenue, Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Julie Heegaard
Phone Number
847-491-1122 ext. 15
Description

The Center offers ongoing classes in meditation and White Tara, Medicine Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha and Avalokiteshvara practices, as well as Tibetan cultural programs.
Donations benefit Tibet Girls School which provides education to nomad girls.

Ösel Ling is a small, community-based Buddhist meditation center, formerly known as Tsogyaling Meditation Center. The center is often described as a peaceful, safe and compassionate place to come and explore the ancient practices of mindfulness meditation. Located at 1814 Dempster Street, meditation classes are held in the beautiful, newly-renovated Heartwood center just next door. Parking is also available, next to Ösel Ling, in the newly acquired parking lot.

Address
1403 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL Mailing: PO Box 171
60201
Contact Person
Latoya Johnson (Social Worker)
Phone Number
847- 866-9770
Fax
847- 866-9784
Parent Organization
Description

Offers a variety of social services targeted toward low income families and individuals.

Emergency Service Schedule: Food Pantry: Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Utilities, Rental/Mortgage Assistance- By Appointment Only

Monday: Prayer Chain – 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer Meeting – 6:00 p.m. Bible Study – 6:30 p.m. Women’s Club- 7:30 p.m. Men’s Club – 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal

Counseling: Christian counseling, substance abuse counseling.
Food Assistance: Food vouchers (redeemable at Jewel on Chicago Avenue), canned goods and clothing vouchers for the needy.
Housing: Rent and utilities assistance (when funds are available).
After School Program:
For children ages 5 – 13, Monday – Friday between 3pm to 6pm. Transportation from Evanston schools,snack and homework assistance provided for a monthly fee. Extended care may be available.
Character Building Program:
Adventure Corps (boys ages 6-12),Sunbeams (girls 6-11),Girls Guards (girls 12-18) and Teen Reflection Cell Group (a drop-in time for teens 13-18). Meets Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Youth Music Program:
Activities for youth include Singing Company (ages 6-10),Junior Choir (ages 10-17),Junior Band (ages 13 and older) and Instructional Band (ages 6-15)
Summer Day Camp:
A day camp is offered for 8 weeks during the summer for children ages 5-12, between 7:30 am – 5:45pm, Monday through Friday.

Women’s Programs also available, including sewing and Zumba groups

Organization Name
Address
2110 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Father Kevin Feeney, Chaplain & Director
Phone Number
847-328-4648
Fax
847-328-4660
Description

Sheil Catholic Center is a faith community of students, faculty, staff, and associates who together offer a welcoming place for worship, celebration of sacraments, and pastoral care. The Center is a good place to study and socialize.

Business Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Center & Chapel Hours:
The Paul V. Galvin Memorial Chapel at the Sheil Center and the Center itself is open 8:00am – 10:00pm during NU’s academic year.

Sunday Mass:
9:30am, 11:00 am, 5:00pm, 9:00pm
Nursery available in lower level at 9:30 and 11:00am.
Weekday Mass: Monday through Friday – 5:00 p.m.

Organization Name
Address
737 Reba Place (basement), Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-869-0660
Description

A free thrift store, offering free clothing, books and household items. Open every Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM. Accepting donations during open hours only.

The Pick is a decades-old institution in South Evanston and serves all who come through its doors. youth and other volunteers learn work skills, build community, and gain confidence from serving their neighbors.

Organization Name
Address
Evanston Vocational School:
2101 Dempster
Evanston, IL 60201

Administrative Offices:
P.O. Box 63
South Holland, IL 60473
60201
Contact Person
Glenn Spoolstra
Phone Number
708-331-3301 x102
Description

Chicagoland Prison Outreach exists to ministers to those who have been incarcerated, and their families by providing chaplaincy services, Vocational training, food assistance, compassionate products such as school supplies, Thanksgiving baskets, and Christmas gifts for the children. The goal of Chicagoland Prison Outreach is to build relationships with those that have been incarcerated to help restore them to society, and assist their families during the transition. We also provide trauma coaching/counseling to support both those that are incarcerated, and their families. This process will help to reduce recidivism.

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