Annual Breakfast 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018   6:45 a.m.    at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles

The United Voices for Children (UVC) Annual Breakfast will be on Tuesday, June 5th, at 6:45 a.m. The guest speaker will be Rev. James Swarthout, Director of Clergy and Alumni Relations for the Rosecrance Health Network.  Recipients of UVC’s annual awards for outstanding ministries with children and youth will be honored: Deacon Wes Dorr; Chana UMC; Karen Klaus, and Licia Knight.  (Click here for more information on the awards.)  In addition, United Methodist congregations in Northern Illinois will be recognized for their financial support of UVC and its affiliated agencies–ChildServ, MYSI and Rosecrance–through its Fifth Sunday Appeal.

The Breakfast is being held during the Northern Illinois Annual Conference session at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.  Make your reservation–by Friday, May 25th–for the Breakfast either as part of your registration for the annual conference session or by emailing unitedvoicesforchildren@gmail.com  Cost is $20.  

Annual Breakfast 2017

The United Voices for Children (UVC) Annual Breakfast drew 125 friends and supporters for a time of sharing, listening and celebrating on June 6, 2017.  The Rev. Dr. Reggie Blount, Assistant Professor of Formation Youth, and Culture at Garrett Theological Seminary urged those present to remember the covenant made at a child’s baptism— “to increase their faith, confirm their faith, and perfect them in love.”  In living out that covenant with children within the congregation and in the neighboring community, congregations can truly embody “compassion and justice to young people yearning to experience the love of Jesus that cares, that nurtures, that empowers, that loves, that heals.”  (See below for full text of this address.) 

Rev. Dr.Reggie Blount with UVC President Kim Coffing

UVC also honored two persons for outstanding ministries with children, youth and families in Northern Illinois with the 2017 Bishop Jesse DeWitt Child Advocacy Award.  Lorena Corey, of First UMC Arlington Heights, was recognized for founding and leading Pinwheels, a ground-breaking ministry for families with gender-creative children.  The Rev. Dr. William Lenters was honored for years of faithful service as chaplain at Rosecrance serving youth and young adults struggling with substance abuse and for his inspirational writings for church leaders responding to persons with addictions. 

“This Annual Breakfast is the opportunity for UVC to lift up before our friends and colleagues in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference the many ministries that serve and advocate for at-risk children and youth,” noted board president Kim Coffing.  “We are reminded that by working together we can truly make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.” 

UVC also recognized the 68 United Methodist congregations that participated in the Fifth Sunday Appeal in 2016, providing over $29,000 in financial support for UVC and its affiliated agencies: ChildServ, MYSI Corporation, and Rosecrance.  Recognition was given to congregations contributing for the first time: Brookfield: Compassion, Chicago: St. Mark, Earlville, Erie, Mt. Hope, and Wilmette: Trinity. Congregations whose giving increased the most were: Chicago: First (Temple), Durand, Evanston: Sherman, Lake Bluff: Grace, Oregon and Western Springs.  Congregations honored for the largest amount given were: Chicago: First (Temple), Downers Grove: First, Elmhurst: First, Lake Bluff: Grace, Rockford: Christ, and Wheaton: Gary.

At the close of the Breakfast, several participants responded to the invitation to step up and commit to becoming a Child Advocate with UVC.  Persons were also invited to attend an August 19th workshop, “Skin in the Game: Equipping Congregations to Challenge Racism.”  More information on UVC and its programs can be found at www.unitedvoicesforchildren.org

The full text of the Rev. Dr. Reggie Blount’s address, “”Keeping Covenant,” can be found here:  2017 Blount Address–Keeping Covenant