Founded 103 years ago, we are proud to be the oldest African-American UCC congregation in Chicago. We currently have 100 members. We host an exciting, spirited Sunday worship service (11:15am-12:30pm), along with an enthusiastic Tuesday Evening Book Club from 7-8:30pm (our version of a fun Bible Study). Every summer, we host “God at the Movies,” on Tuesday evenings in which we watch a new, popular movie and explore the theological implications/underpinnings of the scenes, cast and plot. Aside from worship services and events, our largest focus is promoting social justice and community outreach. Therefore, we value our Girls and Boys Outreach Mentoring Programs. We are currently implementing a Free Food Program via the Chicago Food Depository and G.E.D. tutoring program. In line with the tenants of our UCC faith tradition, we value meeting the needs of the “differently-abled” community. We recently hired a sign language interpreter and began a Hearing Impaired Ministry. Our church is accessible for the walking impaired via a chair lift. We love ALL people regardless of race, gender, economic status or sexual orientation and we love connecting with other people who love ALL people!
We currently are a predominately African American and middle-class church. Most of our members hold masters-level degrees. Most of our members are biologically related. Our church is very family oriented. Most of our members are professional-working business people serving in the areas of education, government administration, law, and civil service. Most of our members reside in Kenwood, Hyde Park, and the South Suburbs.
Learning and Serving Opportunities include: worship leadership, preaching opportunities, girls and boys mentoring program volunteer, participant in Tuesday evening Bible studies and assist senior pastor with visiting sick members (hospital, nursing facility and home).
Rev. Danielle J. Buhuro, an adjunct faculty member at McCormick Seminary, has been serving Lincoln Memorial since 2012. She is also an Associate CPE Supervisor and Chaplain at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. She is also an adjunct instructor for SCUPE, teaching master-level courses on “African-American Pastoral Care and Counseling”, “African-centered Family Systems Theory and Pastoral Care”, “Gang Violence and Pastoral Care”, and “Pastoral Care for Parishioners of Chronic Illness”.
As senior pastor at Lincoln Memorial, she develops, implements, and facilitates community outreach/social programming, provides pastoral care and counseling to parishioners; facilitates worship services; preaches sermons during Sunday worship, leads weekly Bible study sessions, offers consultation to church council and trustees regarding administrative decision-making issues/concerns.
We are located next door to the Hyde Park neighborhood, in the heart of the Woodlawn community. We are 10 minutes from McCormick Theological Seminary via personal mobile transportation and 20 minutes away via public transportation. Starting at McCormick, most commuters can visit us simply by riding the 55th Street bus westbound and exit at 55th and Cottage Grove. Then ride Cottage Grove bus southbound and exit at 63rd and Cottage Grove. Finally, take 63rd street bus westbound and exit nearest Chaplain Ave. Walk one block southbound on Champlain Avenue and arrive at 6454 South Champlain Avenue.