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Because our believing affects our living, we are committed to making God’s love and justice known in Lakeview and beyond. We partner with a number of ministries locally and globally – both through giving of financial resources and giving of volunteer time. We see ourselves as people of faith who have both the privilege and responsibility to speak for those whose voices are marginalized, so we seek to be a prophetic voice in matters of justice – especially for those living in poverty, violence, or those who are victims of the “isms” of our society (heterosexism & homophobia; racism; sexism; able-ism; ageism; etc.). We see ourselves as people faith who are also meant to partner with God in easing suffering – so we pray that we do that in our efforts to help serve a meal at Lakeview Shelter, to provide a Safe Haven for homeless GLBTQ youth, or by hosting Recovery groups in our space.  In addition, each month Broadway collects donations for a specific organization.




Every year thousands of people flee their home countries because of persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. In nearly 80 countries it is illegal to be gay. Some countries even have the death penalty for being gay. Many of these persons come to the U.S. seeking safety.


CLASP (Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program) was established in early 2014 in partnership with Broadway United Methodist Church, following the LGBT-FAN inaugural retreat. CLASP aims to provide direct living support and welcoming enivronments to asylum seekers and works closely with the Center for Integrated and Courageous Living (CICLiv) to this end. The group works with local human service providers and is currently developing fundraising and service provision strategies.


Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders


Amid the Parisian upheavals of May 1968, a group of young doctors decided to go and help victims of war and major disasters. this new brand of humanitarianism would reinvent the concept of emergency aid. MSF was officially created on Decemeber 21, 1971. At the time, 300 volunteers made up the organization: doctors, nurses, and other staff, including the 13 founding doctors and journalists. MSF was created on the belief that all people have the right to medical care regardless of gender, race, religion, creed, or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people outweigh respect for national boundaries. Since 1980, MSF has opened offices in 28 countires and employs more than 30,000 people across the world. MSF has treated over a hundred million patients--with 8.25 million outpatient consultations being carreid out in 2014 alone. MSF has also maintained its institutional and financial independence, and the organization has continued to be critical of both itself and the broader aid system when appropriate, all in the name of trying to help direct more effective and timely iad to those who need it most.


You can donate throughout the month – make checks out to Broadway and designate "March Mission Minute” (split between both) or "CLASP" or “MSF.” You can also donate online.