The Community of Congregations is an interfaith organization serving the greater Oak Park - River Forest, Illinois area. We support PADS [Public Action to Deliver Shelter], the Cluster Tutoring Program, the annual Crop Walk, the Walk-in-Ministry, the Oak Park/River Forest Food pantry, and the Holiday Food and Gift Basket program, under a grant provided by Youth Services of Oak Park and River Forest Townships. In addition to these ministries we sponsor a variety of programs including the community's annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, one of the oldest such programs in the Chicagoland area.
Community meetings and programs are held in October, January, March and May.
Visit the new Walk-In-Ministry web-site.
Visit the West Suburban Pads website
A Community of Congregations Thanksgiving Service
Visit the Community of Congregations Photo Album
The following materials are available online:
The Community of Congregations has initiated an ongoing series of programs designed to explore the richness of our architectural and liturgical heritages. Each Community Meeting is proceeded at 7:00 p.m. with an introduction to architectural features or liturgy of the host congregation.
Community Meetings are held regularly throughout the year. In addition to the Sacred Space program and reports relating to the various ministries sponsored by the Community of Congregations, representatives of community congregations with active ministries and community service programs are invited to make presentations.
The public is invited to participate.
A time is also provided for participants to ask questions, and share traditions and stories from their own faith traditions in order to strengthen and deepen our sense of community.
If you have issues you would like to see raised or a program you would like to present please contact a member of the executive committee.
The Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry has recently added an evening shift to its current hours. The Pantry is open now on every Saturday from 9am-12pm, the 1st Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30pm and the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 3-5:30pm.
The work of the Pantry has never been more important. In these times of reduced government aid, more families are increasingly vulnerable.
There are many ways you can assist this vital community service. Please see the Pantry's new website at www.oprffoodpantry.org
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If your congregation is online and is not listed here, please send a note with the link to Leonard Grossman
Called by our spiritual experience to be a Tent of Meeting, we affirm and honor the diverse ways in which the One we call God leads and blesses all peoples and brings us together. This common insight leads us to value a "harmony of respect and individuality" in persons and religious traditions. From this vantage point, we hope to foster community among communities, to speak with a common moral voice in our own community, and to sponsor events and activities which affirm the worth and dignity of all whom God has created.
-Vision statement adopted by the Community of Congregations, May, 1996.
Enjoy brilliant images of scenes from Genesis: The Gropper Windows
The image used as the left border of this page is the "Window of Creation" from the Gropper Windows at West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest. Used with permission. Digital Image Copyright West Suburban Temple.
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