The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches is a collaboration of more than 70 churches and other ministries in the Chicago
metropolitan area which welcome and affirm people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We have two
To spread the message of our members' LGBTQ-inclusion across the Chicago metropolitan area, mindful that a positive message about sexual and family diversity is a
gift to all people.
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The 48th Annual Chicago Pride Parade
The Coalition is unit #50 in the Parade!
The parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. The Coalition will be lining up for the parade on Broadway between Sunnyside and Wilson
For answers to the frequently asked questions about the Coalition and the 2017 Parade, click here.
Pride Month in June is the culmination of Chicago's vibrant LGBT community. The energy in the city peaks on Pride Weekend, which falls on the last weekend of June each year in commemoration of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City on June 28, 1969.
As we have for several years, the Coalition will hold a worship service at our line-up point just before the parade steps off. This year the service will begin at 11:15 at 1197 West Sunnyside (at Racine, on west side of Truman garage).
Our brunch was an AWESOME and inspiring success. Heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers, especially the UCE team including Chris Allender, Shirley Adams, and Mike Takada. Also thanks to Sarah Swagler, Steph Youngman, Jossy and the team from Christ Lutheran, Vernon Hills. Thanks to Jenn Peterson and the CCWC Executive Committee for a story-stirring event!
Mark your calendars for our next coalition wide event Saturday, Sept 30 at 9:30m at Holy Covenant UMC, Chicago.
Chicago Equality Rally at Andersonville Midsommarfest
The Coalition is proud to have been a cosponsor of Chicago's Equality Rally.
The Rally gave support to those in our communities who are targeted due to immigration status, ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, or disability.
Thank you so much for your support! EqualityCon 2017 attracted about 2,000 people, and helped push forward several bills on topics related to racial justice, transgender equality, and safety in schools.
For lots of pics and video from the event, go here.
Documenting Your Faithful Journey
How did your congregation become an inclusive, faith community? Is someone in your church collecting the stories and oral histories from your journey to inclusion? The Coalition's communications committee invites our partner congregations and affiliates to preserve and publish the stories of their own path to inclusive ministry. Read more →