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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.
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Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB)

PO Box 259257
Madison, WI 53725

Staff: The Rev. Ken Pennings, executive director

Phone: 608-255-2155

Schedule of Activities

Annual ecumenical gathering (summer)
Monthly regional gatherings throughout the US
Annual retreat (fall)


The InSpiriter (free quarterly newsletter, subscribe to address above)

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Mission Statement

AWAB is an association of churches, organizations and individuals working for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the life, ministries and leadership of the church.

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