Who are the Council of Religious Leaders?
The Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC), a non-profit organization, is comprised of the head religious leaders of practically every major religious tradition in the broader Chicago area, representing nearly six million people. Through its work, the CRLMC speaks with a unified moral voice on issues of the day; creates a climate of better interfaith understanding and cooperation; and participates in programs which advance its work.
CRLMC was founded more than 30 years ago, at a time when racial tensions and social injustices were on the rise. The organization began when a group of religious leaders in Chicago recognized the growing need to understand cultural and religious differences and learn how to work with one another.The Council is a microcosm of American religion as it exists in a great city and urban area in the American heartland.
What Does the Council Do?
As the members of the Council meet together, they strive to create a climate of understanding by sharing the insights of the various religious faiths on issues affecting the common good. The Council seeks to act with a unified voice on social issues affecting the people of Chicagoland.
The Council is a reliable, readily available source for media inquiries. When reporters are looking for an insightful comment for a story -or need background on the religious community's approach to a social issue- the Council is responsive to the media's needs and deadlines.
The Council makes it easy for reporters to take the pulse of Chicagoland's faith communities on a wide range of social issues. We serve as an easily accessible resource, ready to assist reporters and producers promptly and thoroughly.
For more information on what we do, please see our 2015 Year In Review!
CRLMC leaders from diverse faith communities remain active in a spectrum of public speaking engagements covering faith matters and inter-religious topics of current interest. Contact us if you require recognized and qualified religious leadership representation at an upcoming event.
Can an Individual Donate to CRLMC?
The Council is a non-profit 501(c)(3)corporation. Tax-free donations may be sent to:
Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago
5401 S. Cornell Avenue, Suite 223
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 595-4012 or (312) 213-7440
Please send your check or money order payable to: CRLMC