Press

We strongly believe in the mission of our ministry to fuel young adults through Jesus rooted soul work. We are co-creating a world that is more just and inclusive and we are so honored and blessed to have had our ministry featured in the press. Here are a few of our favorite highlights.

 

Forum For Theological Exploration
“Healing Communities: the Inclusive Collective”

“What happens when a campus ministry that almost ceased to exists decides to create a Christ-centered, radical space that is truly inclusive—transformative healing. Meet Rich, Zoie and Tito, members of The Inclusive Collective, a ministry on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. The Inclusive Collective gives students the opportunity to ask big, theological questions and wrestle with scripture. Watch their story and learn how this campus ministry helps its students heal the wounds of ministry malpractice.”

 

Restorative Faith Podcast
“Stop Talking!” (S1E6)

“In the final episode of Season 1, after exploring all the various ways that the Christian faith has fallen short when it comes to defining evil, we ask the question: does Christianity still have something to offer when it comes to our understanding of right and wrong as we enter into a future where organized religion is becoming less and less relevant? … we talk with Rich Havard, the founder of the Inclusive Collective, a group that draws on college students from several academic institutions around the city of Chicago, who is in the process of building the church of the future…”

 

Reverb: UMC Young People's Podcast
“231 The Inclusive Collective”

“Rich Havard joins us to talk about the Inclusive Collective campus and young adult ministry centered at the University of Illinois Chicago…”

 

Feeding People (Amy DOlan)
“Episode 2: Rich Havard”

“Rich Havard, Executive Director of the Inclusive Collective, discusses how his mom’s southern cooking influenced his love of food and caused him to create environments for people to eat. In his work hosting beautiful dinners every Sunday night for people experiencing homelessness, he shares the importance of connecting and having fun around the table as you eat with people of different ages, ethnicities and socio-economic status.”

 

Crain’s Chicago Business (DANIELLE BRAFF)
“Millennials flocking to nonconventional churches”

“For these young people, worshipping doesn't mean long sermons, organ music or even Sundays. Bring on the podcast sermon and small-group discussions on social justice, sex and other modern-day topics.”

Elise Stien is a parishioner at Free Church in Oak Park.

Elise Stien is a parishioner at Free Church in Oak Park.

 

Chicago TribuNe (Nicole Blackwood)
Church in a gay bar: Queer Chicagoans find ways to merge religion and identity

“…Sometimes reconciliation isn’t possible. Rich Havard, pastor and executive director of The Inclusive Collective, said that religion delayed his coming out. It also gave him the spiritual desire to come out at all…”

Kelli Harrison, from left, Bob Niehaus, Kelly Ravenscraft, Jennie Garcia, and Alex Aivars, pray during the Affirming Worship service at Atmosphere Bar on Aug. 13, 2019, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Kelli Harrison, from left, Bob Niehaus, Kelly Ravenscraft, Jennie Garcia, and Alex Aivars, pray during the Affirming Worship service at Atmosphere Bar on Aug. 13, 2019, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)