Programs

Year-Round Programs

We work throughout the year to spread the message of inclusion and to connect our members to one another and to resources of interest to welcoming faith communities.

Weekly Advertisement in the Windy City Times

Justice Witness on behalf of the CCWC, Planning Team members author relevant press releases and letters, and also sign petitions (for example, on marriage equality). In addition, we may encourage attendance in area protests, vigils and other gatherings for social change.

Group Emails delivered to the inbox of all who join the ChicagoCWC Yahoo Group.

Coalition Calendar: The Coalition's calendar advertises events related to LGBTQ inclusion. Partner organizations may contact info@chicagowelcomingchurches.org for access. (Non-members may email the Coalition to submit announcements to the calendar.)

Occasional Gatherings are held three or four times a year. These are usually a blend of fellowship, worship and work.

Annual Pride-Month Events

Coalition Worship Service(s) feature ecumenical and LGBTQ pride themes during the month of June.

Other Events: A wide array of worship and educational events are hosted by our partners and/or cosponsored by the Coalition.

Pride Parade Witness: Each year, we turn out in force for an impressive witness of welcome in the Annual Chicago Pride Parade. For the last several years, 300-400 members of our partner organizations have marched together representing the Coalition.

Our Partner's Events

We are pleased to highlight the events of our partner organizations, as well the work of organizations who share our passion for LGBTQ inclusion and equality.

Partner organizations may promote their events on the Coalition's calendar. Events of other organizations may be posted upon approval.

Unless specifically indicated, events are not co-sponsored by the Coalition.

Coalition History

CCWC was born in August 2000 following the WOW2000 conference, the first nationwide conference of the ecumenical Welcoming Churches Movement. Held in DeKalb, Illinois, the conference planning was led by a number of Chicago-area LGBTQ people and their allies who committed to nurturing further local collaboration. Since its founding, the Coalition has grown from those first few member congregations to a list of over 60 churches and affiliates.