Who We Are
We are a start up faith-based intergenerational 501(c)(3) nonprofit initiated by the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. Off the Pews: Faith in Action, Ltd. was birthed out of a community based call to action focused on reducing youth violence.
To serve the community through the use of an intergenerational faith-based social justice model designed to embrace inclusion and reduce the impact of trauma resulting from systemic violence.
To pair young people with adults to increase youth leadership development, critical thinking and problem solving skills through the use of focused social justice strategies.
Violence is often the outward expression of social injustices of under-addressed racism, poverty, mental and physical health challenges. We believe trauma is the long-term result of systemic violence. It will take a village of community partners committed to a love ethic that is collaborative, inclusive and expansive to heal and transform our neighborhoods.