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.

Coalition News and Events


The 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.

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

Flier Advertising Our Pre-Pride Parade Worship.
Flier Advertising Our Pre-Pride Parade Worship.

The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches was excited to gather for our Annual Pre-Parade Worship. It's the way we get ready to march in Chicago's Pride Parade! The worship was sponsored by the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches with the Lighthouse Church of Chicago and Gilead Church.

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

Pre-Pride Parade Brunch

Inspiration and refreshments at the 2018 Pride Brunch.
Inspiration and refreshments at the 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 more photos from our brunch on the Coalition's Facebook site.