Monday, August 9, 2010

Peter, can you point me to some gay-friendly churches?

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Question:   Peter, can you help point me to some gay or gay-friendly churches/congregations? I'm Catholic, but the denomination doesn't really matter.

Answer: Hi, thank you for your question. I'm glad to hear that you are seeking out places to express your spirituality. Studies consistently show that spirituality is an important component to a person's wellness. Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially when you would like a safe and affirming place as a member of the LGBT community. Luckily, there are a wealth of options around Chicago.

Since you mention a familiarity with Catholicism, you may want to start with information on the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach, who run a Catholic service. This site comes recommended by some of our staff. Also, the Catholic community of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Another option, the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is an affirming congregation. One specific location that comes recommended is the Church of Our Savior on Clark and Fullerton.

These are just a few specifically recommended options. However, there are MANY more options across Chicago from Wicker Park to Boystown, Northside to Southside.

For a huge and helpful list with lots of options check this link out.

I hope those references help. If you have trouble making a decision, feel free to drop me a line back and I'll try to find more information more specific to your needs. Also, if readers of this post have ideas, please leave them as a comment.

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  1. Great suggestions! I'll offer a plug, if I may. I have attended Holy Covenant UMC for almost two years and have never felt more at home. Great congregation of people who really do love all people (practice what they preach!).

    Best of luck!


  2. A second to what Teddy Jay said. Holy Covenant is great. I have also found the Zen Temple on Cornelia to be very welcoming, if you're willing to venture out of a traditional Christian service tradition.


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