Purpose of the Coalition

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 goals:

  • 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.
  • To connect the leaders, members, and guests of our partner churches for fellowship and education, enabling support and resource-sharing for the practices of faithful welcome.

49th Annual Chicago Pride Parade

Photo from the 2018 Pride Parade.
Photo from the 2018 Pride Parade.

Hundreds of Coalition members joined together to march in Chicago's Pride Parade on June 24th. We made a loud, happy, BIG public witness of our congregations' welcome to all people.

See many of the photos our members and the secular press took at the parade on the Coalition's Facebook site.

Pre-Pride Parade Worship

Pre-Pride Parade Worship.

The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches was excited to gather for our Pre-Parade Worship Experience. It's the way we get ready to march in the Annual Pride Parade!

We met in Lighthouse Church's worship space, Uptown Underground, 4713, North Broadway, Chicago.

More details of the service will be available here soon.

The Pride Parade Is Over. What Now?

Stacked Signs at the 2018 Pride Parade.
Stacked Signs at the 2018 Pride Parade.

The Pride Parade is over. The streets have been cleaned. Halsted and Broadway are back to normal. (or at least back to what we've come to accept as normal there.) What do we do now?

Stay tuned to this website. We have some suggestions on how to extend Pride beyond June.

Coalition Calendar

2018 Pride Brunch

Our brunch was an AWESOME and inspiring success. Special thanks the the welcoming people of Irving Park United Methodist Church for hosting us.

You can see photos from the event here.

2017 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.

EqualityCon 2017

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.