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May 1, 2011

Congratulations to the First Unitarian Church of Chicago
upon its 175th Anniversary

To the Board of Trustees and Members of First Unitarian Church,

On the 154th anniversary of the First Unitarian Church of Chicago, we look back with gratitude for its role in the formation of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC).

HPkCC was formed in 1949 by a group of church leaders, community members and business leaders to formulate an answer to the social upheaval occurring in and around Hyde Park at that time. Through the leadership of Rev. Leslie Pennington, First Unitarian Church brought its beliefs of racial integration, openness, inclusivity and fairness to bear on the formulation of public policies that directly affected the stabilization and growth of the area, and shaped the enduring mission of HPKCC.

The ideas of community involvement, the ability of ordinary citizens to chart a course for their lives and that of the surrounding community are foundations upon which the Conference continues to build. We congratulate First Unitarian church on this anniversary, and share in the fruit that their founders and early promoters planted.

Sincerely, Jane Ciacci, President, for the Board of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference