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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Northbrook United Methodist Church

1190 Western Avenue
Northbrook, Illinois 60062




Our Reconciling Congregation stained glass.
Our Reconciling Congregation stained glass.

Other Information

The stained glass window shown above was created specifically for Northbrook United Methodist Church by the artist, Paul Holzman, in celebration of Northbrook UMC becoming a Reconciling Congregation.

Read the artist's introduction to the symbolism in the stained glass window.

Our welcome knows no boundaries of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic reality, education, family status, physical or mental ability. We welcome all into full participation in the life of our congregation.

The Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) is a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full inclusion of all people in the United Methodist Church. Currently close to 500 communities nation-wide have voted to become Reconciling Congregations. For more information, please go to the Reconciling Ministries website.

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