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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First United Methodist Church

This congregation contributed to the CCWC during 2023!

1903 East Euclid Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004




Welcoming Statement

Here at FUMCAH, we’re committed to the belief that God welcomes all and unconditionally loves all people. That may sound counterintuitive to some, especially in such a divided society, but we know that through worship, prayer, work, sacrament, and mission there’s a place for you-–and all you bring-–here in our community. As a reconciling community, we say with one voice that:

"We celebrate humanity’s diversity of age, racial and ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, special needs,
socio-economic conditions, and family status.
Created in the image of God, all persons are worthy of God’s love and grace and are welcomed into full participation in the life of our congregation."

And we mean it, too! So come with all who you are. Bring your political beliefs, your orientations and identities, your histories and your baggage and we guarantee you’ll find a place that will love you right where you are. Even more importantly, we want to help you connect your life with God. So whether it’s looking for a place to serve, learn about faith, grow in discipleship, or build a network of friends who’ll journey this life with you, we’re here for you

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