Workshops

CFI has facilitated workshops and discussions for organizations and institutions like Equality Illinois, Project Fierce Chicago, the Forum for Theological Exploration, The Gay Christian Network, the Alphawood Gallery, and Loyola University Chicago. 

Check out some of our current workshops:

How do we cultivate and sustain a culture of inclusion in our communities, institutions, and social groups? This workshop seeks to answer this question through small group discussion, synthesized into actionable steps and practices. Workshop participants will focus on what that looks and feels like in practical terms, including interrogating the major challenges present in curating healing communities among people who span a wide range of ideological and demographic difference. 

This workshop is focused on the praxis of inclusion, creating a framework for making this ethic a reality in the attendee’s own context. Consideration is given to exploring inclusivity through lenses such as race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and religious or spiritual identity.


Adopting a new religious or nonreligious identity presents unique challenges, whichever direction you’re moving toward. There’s a new community to become familiar with. And an old one to reckon with. Like the end of any relationship, you might move forward holding on to some values and positive memories--or maybe spend years unpacking the abuse.


This workshop is designed to facilitate an honest, charitable group discussion about making faith transitions. We make room for a variety of experiences and perspectives as we talk about evolving sexual ethics, spiritual trauma, finding and making new communities of support, the role of faith within cultural and racial identities, and interfaith marriage. Oh, and family--the ones who likely shaped our original faith identities, before we changed.