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Oak Park - River Forest
Community of Congregations

 Oak Park River Forest Community of Congregations

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 Meeting

May meeting

Community meetings and programs are held in October, January, March and May.

Upcoming Events

Save the dates

You can download a copy of the Senior Housing Expo Poster by clicking here.

Visit the new Walk-In-Ministry web-site.

Visit the West Suburban Pads website

2007 Service

A Community of Congregations Thanksgiving Service

Visit the Community of Congregations Photo Album
If you have digital pictures of Community of Congregations events you would like to share, let us know.

Photos of our Annual Dinner are now on line.

The following materials are available online:

Sacred Space - Architecture and Liturgy

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

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.

OPRF Food Pantry Website Launched and New Evening Shift Added

OPRF Food Pantry Logo

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

Ministry Contact Information:

Oak Park - River Forest Congregations On-line:

If your congregation is online and is not listed here, please send a note with the link to Leonard Grossman

Members at Large: Administrative Secretary, Jane Wood
Mailing address P.O. Box 3365, Oak Park, IL 60303-3365

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 Dove Icon

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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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