Religious Leaders Support Workers’ Rights

Arise Chicago, established in 1991 by religious leaders, is an interfaith non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic and social justice in the workplace. All religious traditions believe in the rights of workers to have their dignity in the workplace. Drawing on our sacred scriptures that proclaim that each person has been created in the image of God and therefore deserving of respect, we believe that all workers should be: 

  • Paid a living wage that allows them to meet the basic needs of their families;
  • Provided with full healthcare benefits for them and their families;
  • Employed by companies that abide by all applicable laws – including proper minimum wage and overtime payment;
  • As stated by law, able to freely join a collective bargaining unit without harassment, intimidation, or retaliation;
  • Treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.

 

Signatories include:

Rabbi Alison Abrams, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Chicago

Rev. Jose Acevedo, Jr. Church Monte De Zion, Chicago

Rev. David K. Antieau, St. Nicolai United Church of Christ, Chicago

Rabbi Batsheva Appel, KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, Chicago

Rev. Rufino Arce, Church Of God, Chicago

Bro. Bede Baldry, DeLaSalle Christian Brothers, Chicago

Rev. Thomas A. Barclay, Intl Presiding Elder, United Pentecostal Council, Assemblies of God

Rev. Jesusa Barreto, Inglesia de cristo Misionera, Chicago

Fr. Jim Barrett, St Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Chicago

Rev. Bonnie Beckonchrist, First United Methodist Church, Arlington Heights

Rev. Betty Jo Birkhahn-Rommelfanger, Church of the Incarnation, Arlington Heights

Rev. Dr. Phil Blackwell, First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, Chicago

Fr. Charles Bolser, C.S.V., Saint Viator Catholic Church, Chicago

Sr. Pat Borchardt, Congregations of St. Joseph, LaGrange

Fr. Corey Brost, Clerics of St. Viator, Arlington Heights

Rev. Dr. Norval I. Brown, Thornton United Methodist Church/Grace Church, Thornton

Rev. Erik Christensen, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, Chicago

Sr. Benita Coffey, Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, Chicago

Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, Temple Sholom, Chicago

Sr. Carol Cook, Sisters of Charity, Blessed Virgin Mary, Chicago

Rev. Jason Coulter, Ravenswood United Church of Christ, Chicago

Sr. Carol Crepeau, Congregations of St. Joseph, LaGrange

Fr. Brendon Curran, O.P., St. Pius V Catholic Church, Chicago

Fr. Charles Dahm, O. P., St Pius V Catholic Church, Chicago

Rev. Dan Dale, Wellington Community Church, Chicago

Rev. Lillian Daniel, First Congregational Church, Glen Ellyn

Rev. Roger Dart, United Church of Christ, Lake Forest

Cantor Michael Davis, Lakeside Congregation, Evanston

Rev. Stanley Davis, Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago

Bro. Halil Demir, Zakat Foundation, Bridgeview

Sr. Kathleen Desautels, Eighth Day Center for Justice, Chicago

Rev. Richard Diaz, Higher Power Community Church, Chicago

Fr. Larry Dowling, St. Agatha’s Catholic Church, Chicago

Rabbi Ellen Dreyfus, B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, Homewood

Rabbi Laurence Edwards, Congregation Or Chadash, Chicago

Rabbi Bruce Elder, Congregation Hakafa, Winnetka

Sr. Dorothy Gartland, Sisters of Providence, Chicago

Sr. Joanne Gintre, Sisters of the Living Word, Arlington Heights

Rev. Alejandro Gonzalez, Iglesia, Centro De Restauracion En Cristo, Aurora

Bro. Michael Gosch, Viatorians, Chicago

Rev. Dr. Larry L. Greenfield, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, Chicago

Fr. Dominic J. Grassi, St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Chicago

Sr. Jeanette Halbach, Our Lady of Victory Missionary, Chicago

Fr. Daniel Hall, Clerics of St. Viator, Arlington Heights

Bro. Gerald B. Hankerson, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Chicago

Rev. Alice Harper–Jones, Kenwood United Church of Christ, Chicago

Fr. Kurt Hartrich, O.F.M., St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Chicago

Rev. C. J. Hawking, Arise Chicago and Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, Oak Park

Rev. Isabelino Hernandez, Church of God, Chicago

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Mishkan Congregation, Chicago

Fr. John Hoffman, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, La Grange

Rev. Blair Ann Hull, Congregational Church, Deerfield

Rev. Matthew Johnson, Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, Chicago

Rev. Monte Johnson, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Chicago

Rev. Robert Jones, Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago

Fr. Tom Joyce, Claretians Missionary Fathers, Chicago

Sr. Rose Ann Kaiser, Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, Chicago

Fr. Mark Kalema, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Chicago

Rev. Fred Kinsey, Unity Lutheran Church, Chicago

Sr. Martha Marie Kirbach, Dominican Sisters, Chicago

Rev. Jonathan Knight, IL Conference of the United Church of Christ, Westchester

Sr. Donna Kustusch, Dominican Sisters, Chicago

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston, Mission of Faith Baptist Church, Chicago

Rev. Sherrie Lowly, Berry Memorial United Methodist Church, Chicago

Rev. Tomas Lozada, Iglesia De Dios Fuente de Amor, Chicago

Rev. Franciso Lozada, Iglesia De Dios Fuente de Amor, Chicago

Cantor Arik Luck, Beth Emet: The Free Synagogue, Evanston

Rev. Janet E. MacLean, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Oak Park

Rev. Michael Mann, Northern Illinois Conference of United Methodist Church, Elgin

Rev. Dr. Ben Manso, Prinera Iglesia Bautista Hispanic De Elgin, Elgin

Rev. Claire Marich, First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove

Sr. Mary Martin Colbert, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Homer Glen

Sr. Barbara Mass, Sisters of the Living Word, Arlington Heights

Rev. Lois McCullen Parr, Broadway United Methodist Church, Chicago

Sr. Francesca McGarry, Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, Chicago

Bro. Brian McLaughlin, SVD, Divine Word Missionaries, Chicago

Rev. Kevin McLemore, Epiphany United Church of Christ, Chicago

Rabbi Rachel S. Mikva, Ph.D., Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago

Rabbi Victor Mirelman, Rabbi Emeritus, West Suburban Temple Har Zion, River Forest

Rev. Dr. Jorge L. Morales, Illinois Conference United Church of Christ, Westchester

Rev. Mary Beth Moran Cross, Chicago Metro Assoc. of United Church of Christ, Westchester

Rev. Richard Mosley, Jr., Hemenway United Methodist Church, Evanston

Deacon Dennis Mudd, St Joseph Catholic Church, Libertyville

Rev. Craig Mueller, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicago

Rev. Liz Munoz, St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago

Rev. Luis Nater, El Sendero De Uerdad, Chicago

Sr. Rose Therese Nolta, Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, Northfield

Fr. Robert H. Oldershaw, St. Nicholas, Evanston

Rev. Dr. James Olson, United Church of Christ, Chicago

Rev. Bonnie Osei-Frimpong, Disciples of Christ, Chicago

Fr. Tom Pelton, Maternity Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Chicago

Rev. Dr. Rex E. Piercy, Congregational Church, Arlington Heights

Rev. Jeffrey Phillips, St. John United Church of Christ, Arlington Heights

Sr. Lisa Polega, Sisters of the Living Word, Chicago

Msgr. Patrick J. Pollard, Notre Dame De Chicago Parish, Chicago

Rev. Richard J. Prendergast, St. Jospahat Church, Chicago

Rev. Luis P. Ramirez, Teeray Life Church, Chicago

Rev. Freddy Ramos, Christian Family Church, Dimension De Gloria, Wheeling

Sr. Rita Ramos, Sisters of the Living Word, Arlington Heights

Rev. Rodney Reinhart, St. Clement’s Epis, Harvey, St. Joseph/St. Aiadan’s, Blue Island

Rev. Leslie Ritter-Jenkins, First Congregational Church, La Grange

Rev. Larry Roberts, Sr., Trinity All Nations, Chicago

Sr. Helen Rodriguez-Marin, Julia Center, Chicago

Rev. Erma Lou Roller, Northern IL Conference of the United Methodist Church, Downers Grove

Rev. Fransico Rosario Igl. De Dio Pentecotol Mi. Monte Cormelo, Chicago

Rabbi Brant Rosen, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston

Rev. Dr. Paul Rutgers, President Emeritus, Presbytery of Chicago

Sr. Joellen Sbrissa, Congregations of St. Joseph, LaGrange Park

Sr. Marlene Schemmel, Congregations of St. Joseph, LaGrange Park

Rev. Marti Scott, Euclid Ave. United Methodist Church, Oak Park

Ms. Elena Segura, Office of Immigrant Affairs and Education, Archdiocese of Chicago

Rabbi Isaac Serotta, Lakeside Congregation, Highland Park

Fr. Michael Shanahan, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Chicago

Rev. Stephen H. Swanson, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Villa Park

Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan, Congregation of Notre Dame, Chicago

Sr. Brigid Tembo, Sisters of the Living Word, Arlington Heights

Rev. John Thomas, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago

Fr. Raymond Tillrock, St. Barnabas, pastor emeritus, Chicago

Fr. Jason Torba, Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church, Chicago

Rev. Dr. Oscar L. Varnadoe III, Trinity United Church Of Christ, Gary

Sr. Kristine Vorenkamp, Sisters of the Living Word, Arlington Heights

Rabbi Michael Weinberg, Temple Beth Israel, Skokie

Rabbi Max Weiss, Oak Park Temple, Oak Park

Rev. Warren Wiggins, United Church of Hinsdale, Hinsdale

Rev. Dr. Eugene Winkler, United Methodist Church of Northern Illinois Conference, Naperville

Rev. Dr. Janette C Wilson Esq, Rainbow PUSH, Chicago

Rev. Wendy Witt, First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, Chicago

Rev. Sara Wohlleb, United Church of Christ of the Illinois Conference, Chicago

Rev. Tim Yeager, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Chicago

Rev. Moises Zamudio, Puerta Al Cielo, Chicago

Rabbi Michael Zedek, Emanuel Congregation, Chicago

Sr. Mary Ann Zrust, Sisters of the Living Word, Arlington Heights


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