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, June, 24th

Photo from the 2017 Pride Parade.
Photo from the 2017 Pride Parade.

We invite all Coalition members to join us as we march in Chicago's Pride Parade. Carry signs, Make a public witness of your congregation's welcome to all people. Here's a map of the parade route.

The Coalition will be marching in position #47. We line-up on the west side of Broadway north of the Target/Aldi driveway, behind the WGN Radio with Jewel float.

Pre-Pride Parade Worship

Pre-Pride Parade Worship.

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

Join us from 10:30am - 11:30am in Lighthouse Church's worship space, Uptown Underground, 4713, North Broadway, Chicago. The building has an elevator, so it is handicap accessible.

Step off for the parade is at 12 noon! Gilead Church and Lighthouse Church are teaming up to lead this worship experience. See you there!

Doors open at 10. Coffee and light breakfast items will be available.

PUBLIC TRANSIT: Located one block south of the Lawrence Red Line stop. #36 Broadway and #81 Lawrence bus stop at the intersection of Lawrence & Broadway.

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.