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.

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More Love. Less Hate.

Transgender People Are Us: Your bias is my burden


Transgender and Gender-Non-Conforming (GNC) and we are part of the very fabric of this nation. We serve in all branches of the military with pride and honor. That we choose to volunteer for service is testament to our desire to offer ourselves in duty to country over personal ...

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I Have a Multicolored, Multilayered, Multifaceted Dream

Opening reading at the JUSTice Summit DC, April 22, 2017

As we begin our time together this morning, I want to center us with a story. This story is a reality that many of us, as justice seekers, yearn for. It’s a justice journey that anticipates a time when radical ...

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Investing in the Well-Being of Women and Children

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness month, an annual opportunity for us to shed light into the darkness of our most intimate relationships. Child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence are not only related to each other, they are also related to other forms of violence including ...

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Welcome to CWACM

Voices From Our Community

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

Living Justice

I support CWACM because we are living justice, building alliances, and confronting injustice, inequity and inhospitality. We will ordain two marvelous women in Tucson. I look forward to this time of celebration and justice!

Rev. Annie Britton

Palm Harbor, Florida

Be the change

Gandhi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." By BEing with The Church Within A Church Movement, I am able to help co-create a new way of doing church that does not rely on systems of oppression.

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Terry Schwennesen

CWACM helps me to...

CWACM helps me to be reminded daily of the seriousness of my call.

Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey


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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