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Welcome to THE

channing-murray foundation

who are we?

The Channing-Murray Foundation is a non-profit art and social justice campus center rooted in Unitarian Universalist values. 

We believe that everyone has inherent worth and dignity, people and planet are interconnected, and we all have a role to play in creating networks of care.

Incorporates as a UU student ministry in 1954, CMF has evolved into a performance venue, and activist meeting space, and a home to the Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant.


We are ready to complete construction for a main-floor ADA bathroom, but we need the community's financial support to do it!

Sparks fly when the community comes together on making accessible gathering spaces.



Channing-Murray Foundation offers unique spaces for rental for your event, celebration, class, or workshops, weddings, and celebrations of all kinds. Our historic chapel is a beautiful backdrop to any occasion and we're happy to offer set-up and clean-up services for your event, for an additional fee. Come see what we offer!


  • Tango Classes


  • TaiJi & Qigong

  • Illini Folk Dance


  • SECs Meeting

  • Living History

  • Social Justice Movie Night


Every week Channing-Murray, the Cunningham Township, and friends work to serve the most vulnerable in our community during this global crisis via our Emergency Hotel Kits. If you live in Champaign-Urbana and are having difficulty securing food, our Emergency Hotel Kits service brings groceries and household supplies straight to your doorstep.


This is our call to action; we live out our mission by meeting the basic needs of our neighbors.

the red herring

UIUC Campus's Vegetarian Restaurant

The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant has been serving up delicious vegan/vegetarian food to the Urbana-Champaign community for over 30 years. 

Visit our website and Facebook page for all the up-to-date information.

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Radically Inclusive, Social Justice Centered, Spiritually Alive.

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