It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

~ Robert F. Kennedy


Sunday Fair Trade Sales

Once/month, we offer fair trade coffee, tea, olive oil, chocolate and snacks for sale. In recent years we have paid for, and continue to pay for, the cost of supplying our local PADS shelter (Presbyterian Church of Palatine) with all the organic fair trade coffee it needs during its full 7-month commitment to the community.

Fair Trade Bazaar

Annually, on the 1st Sunday in December, the Social Action Committee organizes a Fair Trade Bazaar, in which area fair trade businesses are invited to sell their products to the congregation and to the community.

Social Action Meetings

Meetings scheduled thus far for 2017-18: Sept 17th, Oct 29th, Nov 19th, Dec 17th

Please email with questions.

Countryside’s Monthly Meal for PADS

Every Wednesday, October through April, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine hosts a PADS shelter for the community’s homeless. In conjunction with PADS, they provide a hot cooked meal in the evening and a warm, safe place to sleep. In the morning, breakfast, coffee and tea are provided as well as a sack lunch for each client to take with them for the day. Countryside Church UU participates in this program by providing the evening meal on the fourth Wednesday of the month. When the month’s menu is available, CCUU members can sign up online to provide part of the meal. For further details, contact Angelina Huntsha or 847-845-9581.

Social Action Kiva Initiative

Countryside Church has made 534 loans to date, including private loans by 22 members of the Countryside Church Lending Team. Among the members of the team, each person has made an average of 23 loans. Between money given by the Social Action Committee to Kiva and money loaned by individual Countryside Team members, we have loaned $31,850. Microloans have been made to people in over 45 countries around the world! Plus, when the money is repaid, it is lent out to new people. This way, we can keep making a difference in the lives of others who are less fortunate.

We invite more church members to lend via Kiva and join the Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist Kiva Team. To make individual loans associated with Countryside Church, go to the Teams tab and request to join the Countryside Unitarian Universalist Team. Then you choose the Countryside Team as the one that gets credit for any loan that you make. Click this link for more details about Kiva and how to join our team:

The Social Action Committee recently made KIVA loans to the following individuals:

  • Maytham, a 27-year-old married Iraqi man who owns a small grocery store.
  • Rosa Maria, a 30-year-old married woman with children from El Salvador who sells caramel and coconut from her home and from place to place.
  • Mr. Erdenebileg, a 42-year-old Mongolian who lives with his family in a yurt and wants to pay off a loan for a hybrid car for his transportation business.
  • Baxtiyar, a 61-year-old married clothes shop owner in Azerbaijan.
  • Mohammed, a 34-year-old single man who owns a fire extinguisher business in Yemen.