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Radically inclusive, social justice centered, spiritually alive. 

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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.

Our Calendar
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



Mission Statement

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
Executive Director Position Opening

A word from our Executive Director,  Claire Szoke

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.


We are seeking someone who deeply understands our values and mission, will find joy in building and connecting with our community, and is able to enrich our organization by learning from its past traditions and linking them to our action and place in a changing world. 


Specific Responsibilities Include:

  1. Leadership & Management:

    1. Actively engage and energize the Channing-Murray Foundation staff, volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.

    2. Support a strong Board of Directors; serve ex-officio on committees; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction.

    3. Lead, support, coach, and develop Channing-Murray's staff.

    4. Support the management of the Red Herring Vegan Restaurant as a major program of the Foundation

    5. Track functionality of the Channing Murray and regularly report to the board

    6. Provide visionary and structural leadership to support the Channing Murray living into its values

    7. Address any emergent problems that threaten the organization or its ability to accomplish its mission/vision

  2. Finance & Communications:

    1. Expand local revenue to support programming and vision and the maintenance of the property through fundraising, grants, and other revenue generating sources

    2. With the support of an Office Manager, ensure all organizational files are orderly and any necessary taxes and reporting are completed

    3. Deepen and refine all aspects of communications, website, social media, board and committee transparency

  3. Mission and Vision 

  1. Provide leadership to Channing Murray’s involvement in crucial local and global community building. 

  2. Build relationships to University and Community groups

  3. Promote Unitarian Universalist values through CMF’s social justice work and community action. 

  4. Maintain a working relationship with the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign, our local sister church 

  5. Investigate, refine, and put into action the cooperative goals of the Channing Murray membership and participants 


Qualifications Overview:

The ED will be thoroughly committed to Channing-Murray Foundation's mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills

  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred

Salary and Benefits:

  • This is a part-time, 10 month position (August-June) with a two week vacation over the holiday season and open to some negotiation within the confines of the budget and organizational direction. The pay rate is set by the Board of Governors 


How to Apply: 

Please send a resume, cover letter, two references, and an optional 1 page letter of recommendation to channingmurrayboard@gmail.com.

2019-2020 Internship Application

⇒ Job Summary- Channing Murray Foundation is searching for an intern for the 2019-2020 academic school year. This intern will manage the Foundation’s and Red Herring’s social media platforms, organize volunteer events, promote events held at the foundation, and participate in board meetings.

   ⇒ Location- Channing Murray Foundation, 1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL 61801

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

    UU communities

-  Following the patterns of our polity, communities are  self-governed and freely associate

    with the UUA

Covenanting Communities at UUA General Assembly 2016

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