" 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

  • High Speed Rail
    High Speed Rail: This is the next major project in Illinois coming down the pipeline! In the Metro-East, Alton already has a station that will be used along the High Speed Rail. IDOT is looking at potentially having one in East St. Louis, but they need to […]...
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  • Fire of Faith – 2014 Public Action Meeting
    On August 14th, United Congregations of Metro-East (UCM) will be host to the first ever Gamaliel of Illinois (G of I) statewide Public Action Meeting, being joined by Gamaliel of Metro Chicago (GMC), Faith Coalition for the Common Good (FCCG) of Springfield, and Quad Cities Interfaith (QCI) […]...
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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.”