Chicago Conference on Bible-Based LGBTQ Inclusion

Since 2014, The Reformation Project has welcomed more than 1,500 people to our conferences on LGBTQ inclusion across the country. This year, we're thrilled to announce that our annual conference will be held in Chicago from October 26-28—and you're invited!

The conference will take place at the beautiful Fourth Presbyterian Church in the heart of downtown Chicago. Running from Thursday through Saturday evening, it is an ideal opportunity for anyone seeking to enhance their advocacy for LGBTQ inclusion in the church. Here's what to expect if you attend:

  • First-rate teaching from leading biblical scholars and theologians to help you learn how to talk about the Bible and LGBTQ inclusion with non-affirming Christians
  • Inspiring keynote addresses and workshops from LGBTQ Christians and allies who are at the forefront of this movement in the church
  • An intersectional approach to LGBTQ inclusion, centering the voices of marginalized people within the LGBTQ Christian community and working to ensure our advocacy is for everyone in our community, including people of color, women, and transgender people.
  • Worship, community, and new friendships with attendees from across the United States and the world who are also passionate about advancing LGBTQ inclusion in the church.

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of your theological beliefs. It costs $99 for early-bird registration, though the price will be going up soon, so if you're interested, go ahead and register today! We'd love to welcome you to Chicago this fall.

Academy for Racial JusticeThursday, October 26

The Reformation Project's Academy for Racial Justice is a daylong program on Thursday, October 26, designed to meet people wherever they are at in their racial justice journey. Those who are newer to conversations about ethnic identity and systemic oppression will be encouraged in their next steps, and those who have been working on this for decades will be celebrated in their wisdom and expertise. The Academy will combine biblical teaching, interactive simulations, and significant cross-cultural dialogue around the intersection of racial and LGBTQ justice. Within the LGBTQ Christian community, many parallel forms of marginalization exist, based on race, ethnicity, ability, class, gender, and gender identity. It is all too common for LGBTQ advocacy to focus primarily, if not exclusively, on the needs of white, cisgender gay men, while leaving queer people of color, women, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people behind. This workshop provides knowledge and skills needed to ensure that your LGBTQ advocacy truly advocates for all LGBTQ people, including people of color. Separate registration is required for the ARJ.

Submit A Workshop Proposal

Are you interested in presenting a workshop at our Chicago conference? Complete this proposal form and submit via e-mail to by July 3rd, 2017If accepted, you will be notified by Friday, July 28th.


The success of our conference depends greatly on our volunteers. We offer a discounted registration of $25 to those who are able to commit at least six hours throughout the three days. If you are interested in volunteering in Chicago, please send an email to to learn more about it. Volunteer slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


A limited number of scholarships are available to cover registration costs for attendees. To apply, please send this completed scholarship application in an email to by September 1, 2017. All decisions on scholarships will be made by September 15.

If you would like to give to the scholarship fund in order to help others who would not otherwise be able to attend, please donate to The Reformation Project here.

Conference Testimonials

Want to know what our conferences are all about? Hear from our attendees themselves! Take a look at these great testimonies and get a feel for all you will experience and learn our conference.

It was the single most important, most life-changing weekend of my life. I finally felt welcomed into the family of God.

—Kevin Garcia, "Yes, I'm a Gay Christian"

Event Details

October 26, 2017 at 6pm - October 28, 2017
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
126 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
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