Queer, by God.

And with faith, hope and love - for ALL

Parity presents our next Be the Hope conference / retreat:

March 22-24, 2018
Chicago, Illinois 

Hosted by McCormick Theological Seminary and made possible
by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

 A conference / retreat to celebrate and share the gifts of LGBTQ people of faith

 Featured keynote by the  Rev. Elizabeth Edman , author of  Queer Virtue:  From Shadows to Light:  Clearing/Queering Our Approach to God

Featured keynote by the
Rev. Elizabeth Edman, author of Queer Virtue: From Shadows to Light:  Clearing/Queering Our Approach to God

With special guest speakers the Rev. Elly Mendez Angulo, Pastor Rich Havard, Father Shannon Kearns, the Rev. Phiwa Langeni and our keynote speaker, the author, priest and political strategist the Rev. Elizabeth Edman.  

Parity invites seminarians, clergy, academics, LGBTQ people of faith, allies and the LGBTQ faith-curious to this conference (with optional retreat) that will:

Empower emerging and seated LGBTQ and allied faith leaders through provocative, cutting-edge instruction in contemporary faith issues;

Connect attendees with local and national leaders and faith-based organizations for collaboration, mutual support and LGBTQ faith community strengthening;

Highlight LGBTQ faith leaders and their work to instruct and inspire attendees with the latest visionary theories, discoveries and strategies.



I graduated from seminary in 2012, but it’s only now that I’m reaching final assessment for ordination. Without Parity and the support I’ve gotten through its ministries, I doubt I would be where I am today: on the cusp of stepping into my call to pastoral care.
— M.J., Emerging LGBTQ Pastor
At the Parity retreat I met collaborators who rejoiced and imagined with me, who dared me to risk, to be courageous enough to make manifest my vision and call: “I dare you, jump.” The evening after the retreat, sitting at my kitchen table, I knew I already had.
— Mads, Emerging LGBTQ Pastor

Our Mission


Parity celebrates the spirituality, faith and religious expression of LGBTQ people. 

  • We empower new queer faith and social justice leaders

  • We help faith communities affirm and connect with queer people

  • We help LGBTQ organizations and communities to affirm spirituality

  • We promote LGBTQ religious liberty and freedom


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