The Church Within A Church Movement grows communities of love and justice, sharing power and deep connection, as we disrupt oppressive systems and work toward equity for all.

CWACM Agenda

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Disrupting Privilege

All oppression is connected – heterosexism, racism, sexism, genderism, colonialism, ableism and all other ways in which we separate ourselves from each other. Disrupting privilege begins with an awareness of the intersectionality of oppression and the misuse of power. The primary means of measuring power is centered in who is ...

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Justice Ministries

CWACM began as a resistance movement; one that challenged the status quo of traditional "church," which often excludes based on race, sexual orientation and gender identity. The Movement celebrates ministries and communities that embrace inclusivity, moving beyond walls and discrimination based on identity. We partner with ministries that address marginalization and ...

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Religious Violence

Religious violence is a phenomenon where Religion is either the subject or object of violent behavior. At the intersections, we recognize that many have been harmed by Church doctrine and polity. Ending Religious violence is a core value of the Movement. By focusing on awareness, education and actionable justice work ...

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Spectrum of Identities

In a world where binary thinking is normalized, the Movement intentionally celebrates a spectrum of identity. We teach, live and affirm gender expansiveness, naming ourselves and celebrating each other. As we work to disrupt oppressive binary attitudes, we educate ourselves around language while enlarging our understanding of identity.


Black History Month

Black History Month

It’s that time of year again, when people start complaining about Black History Month. Sure it would be nice if everyone had the opportunity to learn Black history the way I did in Ms. Ramey’s 6th grade class. We didn’t learn it as Black history, but just history. Back then, ...

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Happy New Year!

Yes, our country is in a mess and our world is in a scary place. Each day seems more and more surreal as rights and regulations meant to protect our freedoms disappear.

What a dystopian time we witness and decry! And, what HOPE we are BE-ing in the world as ...

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The Core of Thanksgiving

This year, I will gather with biological family members on November 23. Other years, I have gathered with friends, strangers, family, and no one at all.

As I celebrate this year, I will gather myself in a spirit of gratitude – not for white Europeans and Indigenous people picnicking together ...

Welcome to CWACM

Voices From Our Community

I support the CWAC Movement

I support the CWAC Movement with my prayers, presence, financial gifts and service because it is BEING the church that best represents my progressive theology, my passion for inclusion and my desire to work for justice. It has become my "church community" at large.

Rev. Susan J. Morrison

Boston, Massachusetts

Why I am a member

This Movement models something very different, I believe. CWACM seeks to gather as a faith community that honors diversity and works to understand and dismantle the barriers to growing that authentic community. And that’s one of the reasons why I am a member.

cathy knight

Chicago, Illinois

Grandma of the Movement

What a meaningful, extraordinary weekend celebration! I continue to learn, to grow and to be stretched by Church Within a Church Movement. The trust and life stories shared throughout the weekend convince me of the importance of the Movement in the lives of many.

Rev. Susan J. Morrison

Boston, Massachusetts

Home and Heart

Home and Heart: CWACM is the place where I find community, a safe space to be the person God created me to be. CWACM is the place I find the support and inspiration to live out my call. CWACM is where my heart feels at home.

Rev. Vernice Thorn

Chicago, Illinois


A justice movement offering extraordinary ordination, non-hierarchical community relationships, inspiration and activism alongside a Methodist heritage.

Get in Touch

Mailing address:
The Church Within A Church Movement
P.O. Box 578524
Chicago, IL 60657-8524

Mobile: 312-282-1556

Fax: 773-751-5261

Email: Contact us



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