UCM History

UCM was established in early 2000 with six churches. With technical assistance and training from the Gamaliel Foundation, we have grown to represent over 34 congregations with approximately 27,000 members.

Our member congregations represent the full range of communities in southwestern Illinois: older urban communities and new suburban areas, white, African-American and Hispanic, wealthy and impoverished.

Our coalition is unique: we are faith-based, and yet we transcend the often narrow range of people in individual congregations and communities. We are multi-cultural, made of up many faiths, and inclusive of all ethnic groups and economic classes in the area.


Who is UCM?

UCM is a group of pastors and church members from different congregations throughout the metro east area who work together on social justice issues. UCM is divided into 5 clusters or “groupings” of churches based on location. They include: Alton cluster, Granite City cluster, O’Fallon cluster, and East St. Louis cluster.


What is UCM’s Mission?

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.


What does UCM do?

UCM provides training and resources to help people uncover their power and come together to change their circumstances.


What is UCM working on now?

  • Integrated Voting Engagement

  • Stopping EPA from limiting testing guidelines for Veolia

  • Helping  East St. Louis change from a Council to Mayor-lead government.

  • Stopping the high school to prison pipeline of young African-American males

  • Creating jobs in the Metro East area through UCM's Job Task Force

Quick Contact

UCM Main Office:
113 Church Street

Cahokia, IL 62206  OR

P.O. Box 1648
Cahokia, IL 62206

Phone: 618-646-9712
Fax:    618-646-9714

E-mail: ucmetroeast@gmail.com

What We Do:

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.

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113 Church Street
PO Box 1648
Cahokia, IL 62206
Phone:  (618) 646-9712
Fax:      (618) 646-9714

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