Purpose of the Coalition

Pride Flag.

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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Thank You

First United Methodist Church of Evanston

This congregation contributed to the CCWC during 2024!

516 Church Street
Evanston, IL 60201




Other Information

First Church warmly greets Sunday visitors. We are a vibrant, accepting congregation that welcomes all who seek God, inclusive of age, race, education, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and special needs.

We mean all of that! As a Reconciling Congregation, we affirm and fully embrace LGBTQIA+ persons and support the work of the Reconciling Ministries Network.

First Church has set an ambitious goal that embraces “transformative faith” and charts a course so that we will follow the example of Jesus’ courageous love. All persons, regardless of membership status, are invited and encouraged to participate in worship, get involved as a volunteer in a ministry area, participate in a group, and/or engage in a class or Bible study. The church needs all of us, together.

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