April 2020 RDC Update

An Update from the Riverside Development Committee

Psalm 23:1-4 says: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not [a]want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the [c]still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

We have all been impacted in some way by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. While we are all pivoting to balance our new realities, The Riverside Development Committee (RDC) continues to set the stage of imagining the art of the possible with “The Next 90” – our campaign that joins up the critical paths that facilitates the development of the plan that best leverages our real estate, assets and resources. Like much of the world, we’re moving our efforts to virtual platforms for the time being. We are committed to developing a plan that combines money with mission and achieves both social justice objectives and financial sustainability. Here are some important updates as we march forward towards delivering a plan to the congregation by the end of 2020:



Sunday, April 19
Main Service Followed by a Talkback Session
Online Only

Jim Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, author and public theologian. He serves as Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Antal’s book, CLIMATE CHURCH, CLIMATE WORLD, was featured in the Chicago Tribune on Earth Day 2018, and in Christian Century Magazine on Earth Day 2019. Antal received the 2019 Steward of Creation award from the National Religious Coalition for Creation Care, joining the Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley and Prof. Katharine Hayhoe, and previous awardees HAH Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Bill McKibben, the Sioux Nation, James Hansen and Wendell Berry.


We kicked off our monthly Next 90 Speaker Series in February with Pastor Jonathan Brooks, “Pastah J”, senior minister of Chicago’s Canaan Community Church. Pastah J, led a dynamic session where he outlined the steps Canaan took to become a sustainable community church. If you were not able to attend, no worries, you can view the replay here.