Purpose of the Coalition


The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches is a collaboration of more than 80 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


50th Annual Chicago Pride Parade

Photo from the 2018 Pride Parade.

Hundreds of Coalition members joined together to march in Chicago's Pride Parade last month. 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 last year's parade on the Coalition's Facebook site.

ELM Pride 2019 Devotional

people at tables. Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) has a Pride 2019 devotional series. Check it out here.