Coalition History

CCWC was born in August 2000 following the WOW2000 conference, the first nationwide conference of the ecumenical Welcoming Churches Movement. Held in DeKalb, Illinois, the conference planning was led by a number of Chicago-area LGBTQ people and their allies who committed to nurturing further local collaboration. Since its founding, the Coalition has grown from those first few member congregations to a list of over 60 churches and affiliates.

CCWC Program Update

May 2012

Mission Priorities


  • Ongoing Listserv: exchange of news and ministry resources
  • Annual: Coordination of Pride Month worship opportunities
  • Occasional: Collaboration on educational series, retreats, worship


  • Ongoing: Website for visibility and referral
  • Annual: Coordinating registration for Pride Parade contingent and member signs
  • Annual: Pride Month worship opportunities among our churches
  • Annual: Coordinated calendar of member events (Pride Chicago; member churches)
  • Annual: Booth at North Halsted Street Market Days (Under reconsideration)
  • Occasional: Paid advertising (holidays; crisis messaging)
  • Occasional: Interviews with media


  • Occasional: Educational series, retreats, worship


  • Occasional: Signing on to petitions and advocacy letters
  • Occasional: Joining Justice Protests

Snapshot of Recent Years


  • “Steadfast Love” Holy Relationships Retreat
  • Four Pride Services in June
  • Pride Parade
  • Halsted Days Booth
  • No annual dues appeal


  • “Preaching What We Practice” (Post-Parade Forum)
  • Pride Parade
  • Four + Pride Services in June/Joint Calendar
  • Halsted Days Booth
  • No annual dues appeal


  • “Preaching What We Practice” Fall Series (3 sessions)
  • First business meeting in more than three years
  • Pride Parade
  • Four+ Pride Activities/Joint Calendar
  • Halsted Days Booth
  • New “dues and program year” established (Sept.-Aug)
  • Petitions and protests, Various


  • First holiday gathering (Resurrection Lutheran)
  • Responses to Cardinal George: Press Release & Paid Ad
  • Dues reminder/appeal in January (Unprecedented number of responses!)
  • Petitions and Protests, Various
  • Unprecedented Role at Forefront of Pride Parade (300+ marchers!)
  • Volunteer Recruitment for LGBT+ Shelter ("The Crib") during Summer Closure
  • Outreach Booth at Wrigleyville SummerFest