United Voices for Children is a coalition of congregations, agencies, groups and individuals in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church that speaks and acts on behalf of children, youth and families in need.


UVC Announces Annual Awards

United Voices for Children has announced the recipients of its 2018 annual awards for outstanding advocacy and service for children and youth in Northern Illinois.  The Bishop Jesse R. Dewitt Award will be given to Deacon Wes Dorr of United Church of Rogers Park (Chicago). The Katherine B. Greene Child Worker Award goes to two recipients: Karen Klaus of First UMC Crystal Lake; and to Chana UMC. The Rev. Margaret Ann Williams Service Award will be given to Licia Knight of St. Mark UMC (Chicago).

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Fr. James Swarthout to Speak at Annual Breakfast

The Rev. James E. Swarthout will be the featured speaker at the United Voices for Children’s Annual Breakfast on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018.  Fr. Jim is Director of Clergy and Alumni Relations for Rosecrance Health Network. At the Breakfast Fr. Jim will speak on “’The Art of Possibility.”

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UVC Receives Culbertson Bequest

The United Voices for Children (UVC) Board of Directors is both grateful and pleased to announce receipt of a financial bequest from the Estate of Nancy Culbertson.  Nancy Ruth Culbertson of Melrose Park, Illinois passed away February 18, 2016 at the age of 71.  

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Signs of Addiction in Teens: When to Get Your Teen Help

More than 40 percent of American teens have tried some type of alcohol, tobacco or illicit drug, which is half of those who were presented with the opportunity — this is a staggering statistic. Rosecrance wants you to understand the signs of teen addiction, so you can seek help before it’s too late.

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A Role UVC Can Play in our Society

Child advocates have two important challenges--(1) motivating church folk to take to the streets to work with vulnerable youth and children... and (2) working with your legislators and community leaders to see that resources become available through prevention-oriented programs that will motivate these youth in becoming upstanding men and women in their communities.

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Who is my neighbor? Easy answer.

Jesus lives and dies for neighbors I don’t want to hang with. I may share a common communion cup with them or open a soup kitchen on their behalf. I will even support a treatment center for God’s sake or my safety’s sake, so they can kick a habit. But don’t ask me to love them. Let them be mission projects.

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