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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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First United Methodist Church-Chicago Temple

77 West Washington (Washington and Clark)
Chicago, IL 60602

Rev. Dr. Phil Blackwell, Senior Pastor
Rev. Cerna Castro Rand, Pastor
Rev. Dr. Darius Thomas, Pastor
Rev. Dr. Cheryl T. Magrini, Minister of Christian Education

Phone: 312-236-4548

Schedule of Activities

8:30 a.m. Early Worship Service, Holy Communion weekly
9:30 a.m. Church School for All Ages
11:00 a.m. Late Worship Service Holy Communion on the first and third Sundays of each month

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m - Sacrament of Holy Communion, come when you can, leave when you must
12:10 p.m. - Midweek Noon Worship Service

5:00 p.m. - Worship Service in Dixon Chapel (2nd floor)

Please note: Our Sanctuary is open to the public for private meditation during the daytime. Tours are given of this historic church, including the world-famous Sky Chapel, each Sunday morning following the conclusion of the worship services.

Volunteer with tutoring fourth graders at the Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington, Wednesdays from 5-6:15 p.m. The Tutoring Center at Chicago Temple opens on March 1 and there are more placements for tutors. All volunteers are screened. The application and detailed information is available at or contact Dr. Magrini at

Statement of Welcome and Inclusion

First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple
We welcome all people to the life of this congregation. We believe that we are all in need of God's love and grace and that God, through Jesus Christ, intends the church to be a community which incarnates love, grace, and justice for all people. Holding true to that belief, we welcome and encourage all persons, including persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, in every aspect of our Christian life together.

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