CHANNING MURRAY FOUNDATION
Channing Murray Foundation, a campus/community center rooted in Unitarian-Universalist values providing educational, spiritual exploration, artistic, and cultural programs designed to be radically inclusive, social justice-centered, and spiritually alive. We are associated with the UUA as a UU Covenanting Community and work closely with the UUCUC in promoting UU values especially in the realm of social justice. Our historic 1908 Arts & Crafts building is the original home of the Unitarian Church of Urbana. See the church history section of this site to discover the unique history of both the separate Unitarians and Universalists- and their merger in 1957.
We seek to contribute to a vibrant community life in Champaign-Urbana that values social justice, diversity, and community-building across a diversity of identities and experiences. We are LGBTQ-affirming, and interfaith-oriented. We are known around campus and in the community for our programs and activities on such topics as conflict resolution, immigration reform, racial justice, LGBTQ/marriage equality issues, and labor, income inequality, and environmental issues.
We have something going on here literally seven days a week –
Our young adult group open to UUs and nonUUs alike meets weekly for a free vegetarian meal and lively discussion of topics of interest to young adults. We host theatrical performances, documentary films, a fiction writing group, student open mic poetry readings, musical events, and forums and fundraisers we cosponsor with groups engaged in environmental, racial, immigration and labor justice issues. Our Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant and Coffeehouse, a program of Channing Murray promotes healthy eating, food justice, local music, and building a sense of community. During fall and spring semesters our lay-led Unitarian Universalist services (circle worship style) are informal, participatory, and nonjudgmental. We draw from the beliefs, traditions and life experiences of all who attend, together exploring the interdependent web of life. Also at times we offer classes/groups on yoga, meditation, spirituality and the environment from different religious perspectives, dances for universal peace and more. We also serve as venue for interfaith ceremonies and events organized by others;
Our annual Tagore Festival celebrates the achievement of Rabindranath Tagore and others in working towards fulfillment of our shared hopes for world-wide intercultural and international understanding. Tagore, the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, gave his first public address in the United States on November 10, 1912 at the Unitarian Church of Urbana, now the site of Channing Murray Foundation.
Our website is www.channingmurray.org. To keep informed of what is happening at Channing Murray and the Red Herring sign up for our weekly electronic newsletter, The Common Light, by emailing our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.