" UCM is a powerful organization committed to combating the root causes of systemic injustice in our region by uniting people of faith in transforming our communities."

UCM News

  • UCM Fire of Faith Banquet 2015
    “UCM Fire of Faith Banquet” November 14, 2015 starts at 6:00 PM (doors open at 5:00) $45/ticket, There will be a silent auction. Venue:  Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, 442 S. Demazenod Dr. Belleville, IL   62223...
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  • Good Jobs for All
    Info: All that we ask for is a fair chance. On April 21, 2015, UCM leaders and workers joined faith leaders and advocates from all over the country in DC to hand deliver thousands of petitions from people who want these hiring regulations updated. They met with […]...
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  • UCM Dives Into Water Contest
    United Congregations of Metro East joined with the Laborers Union and O’Fallon Citizens for Action to fight a water privatization scheme, drafted by the mayor of O’Fallon, Illinois, Gary Graham. With little public notice, the mayor said that he wanted to sell O’Fallon’s public water department. After […]...
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  • The Conversation
    The Conversation is a 2 part community dialogue that is free and open to the public. We will bring together Alton-Area Chiefs of Police, Mayors, Clergy and youth to hear their stories and learn about life through their eyes. We will have an open and honest dialogue […]...
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At UCM, we are of people of faith from different congregations throughout the metro east area. We put our faith into action by working together to better our communities. We understand that together our voices are louder and we can more powerfully impact positive change. Since our foundation in 2000, we have grown to represent over 30,000 members. Member congregations represent the full range of communities in Southwestern Illinois: older urban neighborhoods and new suburban areas; Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic; wealthy and poor.


At UCM, we focus on a wide range of issues including: Providing leadership training for all UCM member congregations to keep them vital and healthy, Increasing educational opportunities for all children by seeking equitable funding for schools, Developing new affordable housing in all communities, Promoting improved transportation.

Supporting workers seeking decent employment throughout the Metro-East, Participating in activities that foster racial reconciliation, and Exploring eco-justice options that invite people to worship, learn, cooperate and advocate for environmental sustainability. Take a look at each individual cluster to find out more and attend their next meeting!


To get involved, check out our events calendar and come to a meeting. We always have meetings, events, rallies, and many more ways to get involved. We accept new church congregations as well as individuals. We welcome all denominations, colors, and ages! You can contact our office for more information at 618-451-1458. Let us help you start helping others in a big way. We look forward to hearing from you! Remember, “UCM is an interfaith and multiracial organization designed to address social injustice in our region by bringing together participants to make an impact on our surrounding communities.”