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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Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

1100 East 55th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60615



Welcoming Statement

LSTC strives to offer a community and academic experience that is grounded in the good news of the gospel and shaped by our urban, multicultural, ecumenical, global, interfaith and university-related context and commitments.

Our primary mission is to prepare women and men for a complex, pluralistic world in need of faithful and courageous ministers to serve in a variety of contexts. Although a large percentage of students come to LSTC to prepare for ordained or lay rostered ministries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, LSTC is also enriched and transformed by ecumenical and interfaith students in our various master's and doctoral programs, as well as ecumenical and interfaith colleagues.

As a Reconciling in Christ seminary, LSTC seeks to offer hospitality and welcome to all who enter LSTC's academic programs. Following Jesus Christ, whose reconciling love bridged barriers and made strangers friends, we seek to welcome and learn from one another's particularity-including but not limited to one another's race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, social status and theological diversity.

LSTC is always becoming a reconciling community. Reconciliation is an ongoing activity and effort that we do together.

On May 15, 2012, the board of directors voted to make LSTC a Reconciling in Christ seminary.

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