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  • Youth Exploring Sexuality (Q-YES)

    AGENCY: WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
    ADDRESS: 6011 W. 36th St. Cicero, IL 60804
    CONTACT: Alicia Vega
    PHONE: (773) 426-2406
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    9:15a.m. Adult Sunday School and 10:30a.m. Sunday Worship

    The LGBTQ community has, many times, found conflict with their identity as LGBTQ and their spiritual/religious identity. This organization’s purpose is to help LGBTQ youth find a place where they feel free to express themselves religiously and spirituality while feeling safe and supported.

    Associated Tags: communities , faith-based , queer

  • Jewish Community

    AGENCY: THE AM KESHET COMMUNITY AT TEMPLE SHOLOM
    ADDRESS: 3480 North Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60657
    CONTACT: Cantor Aviva Katzman
    PHONE: (773) 525-3502
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Am Keshet – Hebrew for “People of the Rainbow” – this is a community within Temple Sholom of Chicago of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) men and women, as well as anyone who supports and embraces diversity. The mission of Am Keshet is to foster awareness, outreach, and support for the Jewish LGBT community within the Temple, in our neighborhood, and around the world. At Temple Sholom, there is a continued commitment to LGBT social causes and our Temple Clergy proudly officiate and endorse same-sex Jewish weddings. This group is a natural extension of that welcoming spirit, as the Temple continues to support diversity and welcome everyone in times of celebration or of need.

    Associated Tags: Am Keshet , communitites , faith-based , jewish , Judaism , Shul , Synagogue , Temple , Temple Sholom , The Am Keshet Community At Temple Sholom

  • University Church

    AGENCY: UNIVERSITY CHURCH
    ADDRESS: 5655 University Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637
    CONTACT: Rev. Julian DeShazier
    PHONE: (773) 363-8142
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    10:30a.m. Sunday Service

    University Church, home to merged United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ congregation, is an open and affirming house of worship.

    Associated Tags: communities , faith-based , University Church

  • Faith Community

    AGENCY: FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
    ADDRESS: 15015 Grant St., Dolton, IL 60419
    CONTACT: Pastor Charles Straight
    PHONE: (708) 841-3939
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    11a.m. Sunday Worship

    Faith church is a church where all people are welcome because we know that all people are persons of sacred worth.

     

    Associated Tags: church , communities , faith , FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH , faith-based , worship

  • Affirming and Welcoming Worldwide Church Directory

    AGENCY: GAYCHURCH.ORG
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: Not Listed
    PHONE: Varies
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    GayChurch.org is a web site dedicated to ministering to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Christian community and friends of our community. We feature the largest welcoming and Affirming Church Directory in the world.

    Associated Tags: churches , communities , faith-based , gaychurch.org , welcoming church directory

  • Open and Affirming Faith Community: Worship, Education, Counseling

    AGENCY: CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
    ADDRESS: 1001 W. Kirchhoff Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    CONTACT: Rev. Dr. Rex E. Piercy, Pastor
    PHONE: (847) 392-6650
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    10:30a.m. Sunday Worship

    The Congregational United Church of Christ of Arlington Heights, Illinois has been extending a hand of friendship and journey of faith to all who enter our doors since our first worship service in 1959.

    We invite you to join us—to worship, to share fellowship, to work for causes near and dear to your heart. Bring your spouse, partner, children, teens, friends and neighbors, because at CUCC everyone makes a difference, and everyone is cherished as a child of God.

    The Congregational United Church of Christ, Arlington Heights, IL, in accordance with our shared value of inclusiveness, declares itself Open and Affirming. We welcome and accept into the full life and ministry of our church people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We maintain that every person has sacred worth as a unique creation made in the image of God. We believe that sexuality is a gift from God.

    We reach out to those who are disenfranchised from the religious community, and we seek growth and understanding as we continue toward inclusiveness.

    Associated Tags: church , communities , CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST , faith based community , faith-based

  • Urban Village Church

    AGENCY: URBAN VILLAGE
    ADDRESS: 1602 W Ainsle, 610 S Michigan, 1543 Division, 1407 E 60th St
    CONTACT: Britany Issac
    PHONE: (312) 268-5300
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    10:15a.m.

    Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are truly welcome here. A church where everybody — seeker and skeptic, Democrat and Republican, gay and straight, young and old, woman and man — has a real place at the table. We mean it. We believe that every human being is created and gifted by God; therefore, people of every race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, age and background, ability and disability, theological and political conviction are invited to be a real part of the church. We are a Reconciling Congregation and celebrate the gifts of diverse Christians—lesbian, gay, same gender loving, straight, bisexual, transgender, queer—in every part of our life together, including lay, staff, and pastoral leadership.

    Associated Tags: church , communities , faith-based , open and affirming , Urban Village

  • First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights

    AGENCY: FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF ARLINGTON HEIGHTS
    ADDRESS: 1903 E. Euclid Ave. Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (847) 255-5112
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Varies

    First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, as a Reconciling Congregation, celebrates humanity’s diversity of age, racial and ethnic background, sexual orientaton, gender identity, special needs, socio-economic conditions, and marital status. Created in the image of God, all persons are worthy of God’s love and grace and welcomed into full participation in the life of our congregation.

    Associated Tags: communities , faith-based , First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights

  • St. John United Church of Christ

    AGENCY: ST. JOHN UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
    ADDRESS: 308 N. Evergreen Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    CONTACT: Rev. Jeffrey Phillips
    PHONE: (847) 255-6687
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: None Listed
    HOURS:
    9:30a.m. Sunday Service

    Welcome to St. John United Church of Christ in Arlington Heights! We are an inclusive, multigenerational, welcoming and accepting community of around 350 people seeking to follow Jesus’ “Great Commandment” to love God and all of our neighbors. We are an Open and Affirming, “God is Still Speaking” congregation of the United Church of Christ.

    Associated Tags: accepting , Arlington Heights , church , communities , faith-based , service , St. John United Church of Christ , suburbs

  • Worship, Food Pantry, & Soup Kitchen

    AGENCY: FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: 6400 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 363-0505
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    A south side gay-friendly church that provides worship, food pantry services, and a soup kitchen.
    Worship: Every Sunday at 11:00a.m. (children released to Sunday School from worship)
    Soup Kitchen: Every Tuesday, 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
    Food Pantry: Every Thursday, 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , church , communities , faith-based , FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF CHICAGO , food pantry , presbyterian , soup kitchen , south side

  • United Methodist Organization

    AGENCY: AFFIRMATION
    ADDRESS: PO Box 1021, Evanston, IL 60204
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    Affirmation is an independent voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people and our supporters. We are an activist, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that challenges The United Methodist Church to be inclusive, and radically speaks out against injustice for LGBTQ people around the world.

    Associated Tags: Affirmation , communities , faith-based , methodist

  • Dharma Buddhist Group

    AGENCY: CHICAGO SHAMBHALA CENTER
    ADDRESS: 37 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, IL 60607
    CONTACT: Jon Feller
    PHONE: (773) 230-3886
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.

    The Queer Dharma Meditation Group is free meditation open house that caters to Chicago’s LGBTI group. Queer Dharma provides a safe and sane environment in which the unique concerns and experiences of LGBTQ individuals can be freely discussed, but everyone is welcome.

    Meditation instruction is provided at the beginning of each session, followed by sitting and walking meditation till 8pm. This is followed by a break for refreshments and a reading/discussion related to meditation in action. Come for meditation and for the reading, or just the meditation.

    Meditation practice provides a warm, genuine basis for realizing the full potential of our inherent wisdom. Through the practice, we learn to touch in with this wisdom, allowing us to live our lives with a mind that is more present and fully engaged. Waking up to our own inherent goodness has a natural impact on our family members, friends, co-workers, and our world at large.

    See website for more information.

    Associated Tags: buddhist , CHICAGO SHAMBHALA CENTER , communities , dharma , faith-based , group , meditation , queer , Shambhala

  • Catholic Freedom to Marry Advocacy Group

    AGENCY: RAINBOW SASH
    ADDRESS: 730 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60611
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    24 Hours

    The Rainbow Sash Movement is calling the Church to a conversion heart around issues of sexuality. Each Pentcost Sunday we enter Cathedrals internationally wearing the Rainbow Sash. The Sash is a tool of self identification. By wearing the Sash we proclaim our being as part of the People of God.

    Integrity calls us to stand opposed the the closet mentality which is promoted in the name of unity.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , catholic , communities , faith-based , freedom to marry , marriage advocacy , Rainbow Sash

  • Neo-Pagan Order

    AGENCY: BROTHERHOOD OF THE PHOENIX
    ADDRESS: 1900 W. Fulton St., Chicago, IL 60612
    CONTACT: Chris Allaun
    PHONE: (773) 789-8582
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    The Brotherhood of the Phoenix is a neo-pagan order for Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender men who love men. We celebrate the Spirit of the Divine within and build community with men who seek positive transformation of self, community and the world. Together we work to weave the magick that changes lives.

    To impart this principle, we hold public rituals near the eight common holidays of neo-pagan tradition where we celebrate the embodiment of the gay male divine through the life-cycle of human experience. We are committed to applying the principles of Activism, Outreach, and Education to build positive relationships that benefit our community and our world.

    Associated Tags: bisexual , brotherhood , Brotherhood of the Phoenix , communities , faith-based , gay , men , neo-pagan , phoenix , transgender

  • Catholic Church

    AGENCY: ARCHDIOCESAN GAY AND LESBIAN OUTREACH (AGLO)
    ADDRESS: 711 W. Belmont Ave., Unit 110, Chicago, IL 60657
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 525-3872
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    7:00p.m. Sunday

    We, the members of the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach, as people of God, create a sense of community for those who wish to reconcile their sexual orientation with their faith; provide an accepting and affirming atmosphere in which to worship in the Catholic tradition; provide opportunities for integration of personal experience through spiritual growth; share our distinctive gifts with each other and the Church at large, and witness our Catholic faith to the gay and lesbian community.​

    Associated Tags: AGLO , Archdiocesan , Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach , catholic , communities , faith-based

  • Jewish Religious Organization

    AGENCY: CONGREGATION OR CHADASH
    ADDRESS: 5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 271-2148
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Congregation Or Chadash is a Jewish religious organization whose purpose is to provide a warm, affirming, Jewish community where all people can feel welcome. To accomplish this mission, Or Chadash will:

    Remember that it was founded as an answer to the prejudice that gay and lesbian Jews experienced in other synagogues;

    Strive to ensure that no Jew experiences prejudice within our community;

    Maintain affiliations with the Union for Reform Judaism and the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews : Keshet Ga’avah;

    Build strong ties within the greater Jewish community of the metropolitan Chicago area;

    Dedicate itself to the basic obligations of Jewish life, including:

    -Respecting the contributions of people of all generations
    -Sharing the life-cycle events of its members
    -Celebrating Shabbat and the holidays
    -Fostering prayer with sincerity
    -Visiting the sick
    -Comforting the bereaved
    -Encouraging the study of Torah

    Associated Tags: communities , Congregation Or Chadash , faith-based , jewish , Or Chadash , religion

  • Spiritual/Religious Identification and Sexuality

    AGENCY: CENTER ON HALSTED
    ADDRESS: 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 472-6469 ext. 453
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    Spiritual/ Religious Identification and Sexuality is a group for all individuals regardless of spiritual/religious orientation and sexual orientation. The focus of the group is to examine the ways in which the meaning we attach to our own spirituality/religiosity impacts and informs our sexual orientation and vice-versa.

    Members of the group will discuss sections of the book, God vs. Gay by Jay Michaelson, as a supplemental item for discussion in the group. Pre-Registration is required.

    Associated Tags: Center on Halsted , COH , communities , faith , faith-based , mental health , religion , sexual orientation , Spiritual , spirituality , support group

  • Welcoming Faiths Directory

    AGENCY: THE CHICAGO COALITION OF WELCOMING CHURCHES
    ADDRESS: 6554 N. Rockwell St., Chicago, IL 60645
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches is a collaboration of 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.

    Associated Tags: church , communities , faith , faith-based , identity , religion , The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches