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
Planning for 2020 Pride Month
It is time to begin planning for Pride 2020. We are going through a period of stress and uncertainty, and we also have the opportunity to plan and prepare for the future with courage, thoughtfulness, and the expectation of sunny skies ahead!
Our history of past events provides a foundation, but let's prayerfully consider and discern new ideas and methods of celebrating. We also want to take advantage of the ever growing number of Pride events in different parts of the city and suburbs.
Please identify individuals from your community who can attend the meeting, assist with planning, and bring back information.
Our current plan is to host an in-person meeting at the Christ Church of Chicago, on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. In addition, we are actively exploring virtual meeting platforms and the executive committee will continue to assess options following the guidance of the CDC, local health officials, and scientists & clinicians (prayers of blessing on all of them). See our Facebook event page for more information.
50th Annual Chicago Pride Parade
Hundreds of Coalition members joined together to march in Chicago's Pride Parade last Summer. 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.
Unbound and More Light Presbyterians have partnered to create a Lenten devotional written by queer people of faith and allies. Ashes to Rainbows: A Queer Lenten Devotional features an array of voices and perspectives, thought-provoking theologies, and a new way to think about Lent.
Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) has a blog with devotionals keyed to the seasons. Check it out here.