Radically inclusive, social justice centered, spiritually alive.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting Channing-Murray Foundation. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of events and programs available. Please feel free to read more about our campus center on this site, or come in for a visit. We look forward to providing you unique opportunities to explore the Unitarian-Universalist values of inclusion, social justice, and community-building.
Support the Red Herring
The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant has been serving up delicious vegan/vegetarian food to the Urbana-Champaign community for over thirty years. We've often struggled to keep it afloat and are now working on a new sustainable model that keeps us in tune with our activist roots! We are seeking donations to make capital improvements and improve our operations!
Join Our UU Young Adult Groups!
Our Unitarian-Universalist Young Adult Groups are opportunities for young adults to come together around a meal to discuss what's on their minds and hearts in an open, nonjudgemental, and communal space. Tuesdays UUYAG meets at 5:30pm. YAG group members are invited to partake in a vegan meal. YAG is designed to encourage unity, dialogue, and spiritual growth.
Events + Programs
The Channing-Murray Foundation is featuring ongoing social justice programs and much activity at the Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant including open for lunch 11am-2:30pm Mon - Fri. and Wednesday night Vegan Farm to Table Dinners 5-8pm! Come join us for fresh organic, vegan food!
UU Young Adult Group meets during the fall and spring academic semesters every Tuesday at 5:30pm. Come check out our YAG opportunities for deep listening.
Our center relies on the generous donations that members of our community make to keep providing vibrant programs and events--please donate here.
A word from our Executive Director, Emily McKown:
We are sorry to announce we are discontinuing programming for the chapel for the time being and we are in discussion about a game plan for the The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant. We are in deep discussion to find ways to meet needs of staff and the community in a way that is safe for all. Stay tuned!!!
The mission of the Channing-Murray Foundation is to provide educational opportunities to explore Unitarian-Universalism spirituality, reflect our concern for social justice, and affirm diversity through outreach to the campus community of Urbana-Champaign.
The tradition of Channing-Murray is not only to provide artistic, social, educational, and religious programming, but also to be a haven for those who dream of a better world, who try to make a better world, who need a place to express and discuss their ideas and to understand the spirituality of Unitarian-Universalism.
Racial Stereotypes Dehumanize
Channing Murray stands in solidarity with the Indigenous People of this land and does not permit anyone to wear or display images of native mascots in this building or on our grounds. Individuals in violation of this policy will be asked to cover or change out of attire displaying such images. Anyone who does not wish to follow this policy will be asked to leave.
Channing Murray Foundation is thrilled to announce we have hired Emily McKown as our new executive director. Emily McKown currently works as the Youth Coordinator at Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign, and she is thrilled to continue her work as a U.U. She was the first baby born into the Dakota U.U. Church in Burnsville, MN, where she attended each week, and as a young adult she taught Religious Education. Emily completed her first bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where she studied social pedagogy and political economics. Her Evergreen experience bolstered her resolve for social justice, and one of the biggest issues for her was dismantling mass incarceration. During and after college Emily managed an organic bakery all the while writing and performing her own music. Emily moved to Urbana in 2018 and worked for the Cunningham Township piloting their garden program. Emily continues to invest in the local folk music scene with her own music and lifting up others on the booking committee of the Folk and Roots Music Festival. She is very happy to call Urbana home.
Overview of the Channing Murray Foundation:
What is the The Channing Murray Foundation (CMF): The Channing Murray Foundation is a member organization of the Unitarian-Universalist Association and part of it’s religious tradition. CMF functions as a home for artistic, social, educational, and religious programming. It is a haven for those who dream of and want to work toward a better world, people who need a place to express and discuss their ideas and to understand the spirituality and values of Unitarian-Universalism.
What are Unitarian Universalist Principles: The UU tradition is based on the following seven principles:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
What do we value: The mission of the Channing Murray Foundation is to provide educational opportunities to explore Unitarian-Universalism spirituality, reflect our concern for social justice, and affirm diversity through outreach to the campus community of Urbana-Champaign.
We do this by actively welcoming and supporting members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Black Lives Matter, Justice for Palestine, Immigrant Rights and Inclusion, Racial Stereotypes Dehumanize, and all other groups seeking a radically inclusive, intersectional, social justice centered world.
Overview of the Executive Director Position:
Reporting to the Board of Directors, a part-time Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Channing-Murray's staff, programs, budget, and the execution of its mission and vision.
Channing-Murray Foundation is now a Covenanting Community!
A covenanting community:
- Claim Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources, advance UU values
- Committed to being in covenant with the larger UU movement,particularly surrounding
- Following the patterns of our polity, communities are self-governed and freely associate
with the UUA