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You are Welcomed,
You are Celebrated!

Chicago Coalition of
Welcoming Churches

60+ ministries celebrating
LGBTQ lives

We celebrate Christ's love as a special gift to be shared.

Together,
we are a visible witness to the Good News
he announced -

God's love and acceptance
is the source of any repentance that is truly Divine.

When religion motivates
discrimination, second-class citizenship or bullying,
it does not speak for the God of New Creation.

Living the Great Commandment*
is a joy, not a burden.
When we truly "love our neighbor as ourselves,"
we are guided to work for their flourishing
in opportunity, respect and freedom.

*When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was, he said, "The first is... 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:29-31)

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The Coalition is proud to partner with The NALT (Not All Like That) Christians Project. We heartily endorse the statement from their website that, "The purpose of The NALT Christians Project is to give any and all LGBT-affirming Christians a means of sharing their belief that there is nothing anti-biblical or sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender." We encourage you to check out this group and consider participating in their ministry.

The Coalition Presence at the March on Springfield

Marchers in Springfield, photo by Kim Beckman

The Coalition was highly visible at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality on October 22. We were very glad that our signs and presence testified to our churches' belief in the full inclusion and support of sexual minorities. Thanks to Kim Beckman for this photo.

Ecumenical Pride Worship 2013

This year's ecumenical service entitled, "Draw the Circle Wide," was held at the First United Methodist Church, Chicago Temple on Sunday, June 23, 2013. The theme of the evening was taken from the choir anthem "Draw the Circle Wide" with music by Mark A. Miller and words by Gordon Light. The evening's choir was directed bt Jacqueline Boyd. Special thanks to Tracy Baim for taking this video.

The Coalition recognized the wide and lasting legacy of Rev. Greg Dell's embodied justice-making life, with the presentation of a special gift for him and his family. Special thanks to Tracy Baim for taking this video.

The sermon was presented by Bishop Wayne N. Miller, Bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA (Lutheran), and Bishop Sally Dyck of the Northern Illinois Conference (United Methodist).

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