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    Office of Spiritual Life and Service Learning

    3201 S. State Street
    MTCC Room 212
    Chicago, IL 60616
    Phone: 312.567.3160
    Fax: 312.567.8917


    Spirituality and Suicide Prevention

    In October 2009, the Office of Spiritual Life, together with Student Counseling Services, hosted an interfaith discussion about suicide. Below are some of the best online resources available on the subject.

    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago -- Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS)

    Consensus Statement on Suicide and Suicide Prevention from an Interfaith Dialogue

    Faith Group Resolutions on Mental Illness

    Jewish Healing Network of Chicago

    NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) FaithNet

    Suicide Prevention for Muslim Students

    GLBT Friendly Spiritual Resources


    GLBT Religious Experience Project

    An online research project "examining the impact of common religious statements on the psychological and spiritual health of LGBT individuals."

    The Human Rights Campaign Religion and Faith Program

    This program mobilizes people of faith to advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The site includes many articles and resources.

    The LGBT Religious Archives Network

    An "innovative venture in preserving history and encouraging scholarly study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) religious movements around the world." Initiated in 2001 as a project of the Chicago Theological Seminary, LGBT-RAN has been a program of the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry in Berkeley, California, since 2008. Includes online exhibitions, newsletters, and more.

    Transgender Religion Global Network

    The goal of TRGN is to build a bridge between religious transgenders, transsexuals and the different religions all over the world.



    A New York-based organization, this page provides links and information about numerous GLBT Buddhist organizations, sites, and sitting groups.

    Transgender and Buddhism

    A network for transgender Buddhists, transgenders who are interested in Buddhism, transgender-friendly Buddhists and people who are interested in transgender and Buddhism.


    Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons

    Serves the needs of gay Mormon women and men, as well as bisexual and transgender LDS and their supportive family and friends, through social and educational activities.

    Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns

    An affirming organization for LGBT United Methodist individuals and allies.

    American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) Page on LGBT Rights and Reconciliation

    Associated with the Quakers, contains good resources for LGBT issues.

    AXIOS: Eastern and Orthodox Gay and Lesbian Christians

    Resources for Eastern and Orthodox Gay and Lesbian individuals.

    A comprehensive resource including some counseling links.

    Dignity USA: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgendered Catholics

    A Catholic group for LGBT issues. A lot of material on this site.

    Evangelicals Concerned with Reconciliation

    An organization focused on creating safe places for GLBT Christians.

    FLGBTQC: Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns

    A Quaker organization for LGBT issues.

    GLAD Alliance, Inc.: Gay, Lesbian, and Affirming Disciples

    An organization of gay, lesbian, and affirming individuals in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).


    An Association of LGBT individuals and allies within the Episcopal Church.

    Lutherans Concerned/North America

    A Lutheran Affirming ministry.

    The Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns

    Part of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

    Reconciling Ministries Network

    An organization of United Methodist individuals for affirming ministries.

    SisterFriends Together

    An online faith community for lesbian, bisexual, questioning and transgender Christian women. The site "provides original content in the way of practical resources and spiritual reflections relevant to the lives of Christian lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, and a Community Forum, an interactive bulletin board system where registered members may discuss issues and concerns related to their lives and faith in a more secure setting."

    The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

    An organization affiliated with the United Church of Christ which provides support for LGBT individuals.


    Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

    Jewish Mosaic encourages LGBT inclusion in Jewish life through visibility, advocacy, education, and research. A large number of resources are available here.

    World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews

    A resource for Jewish LGBT individuals.


    Al Fatiha: An Organization for Gay and Lesbian Muslims

    Still under development, Al-Fatiha is "dedicated to Muslims of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity (LGBTIQQ), and their families, friends and allies."

    General Religion Resources
    The place to go for facts and figures about membership in most world religions and denominations, this site has a wealth of information.
    One of the best sites for learning about other faiths or connecting with people who share yours, this site has well-written resources of all kinds – articles, blogs, a searchable prayer database, and much more. A large and vibrant community for people of all faith traditions.

    The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
    Begun in 1893, the Parliament was “created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.” A great site.

    Faith in Place
    This Chicago-based interfaith non-profit partners with religious congregations of all faiths to promote clean energy & sustainable farming, and “to help people of faith understand that issues of ecology and economy—of care for Creation—are at the forefront of social justice.”

    Interfaith Calendar
    Searchable by tradition or date, this calendar is part of much larger site. Comprehensive and educational.

    Interfaith Voices
    Described as “an independent public radio show providing engaging and informative discussion on the key public issues of our day through the lenses of many different faith perspectives. We foster religious tolerance and educate our listeners on the broad diversity of religious traditions and viewpoints in the United States, Canada, and around the world. Our purpose is to promote interfaith understanding through dialogue.”

    On Faith
    Courtesy of The Washington Post and Newsweek, “On Faith” is an online forum for “conversation-intelligent, informed, eclectic, respectful conversation-among specialists and generalists who devote a good part of their lives to understanding and delineating religion's influence on the life of the world.” Panelists include figures from the academy, the faith traditions, and journalism. Readers are encouraged to “join the conversation by commenting on what our panelists have to say, offering their own opinions and suggesting topics for future discussions.”

    The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
    Developed by Diana L. Eck at Harvard University to study and document the growing religious diversity of the United States, this site has a wide variety of resources available – a searchable directory of religious centers in the US, links to religion-related news both domestic and international, multimedia resources, and much more.

    Read The
    An “online home for readers who believe that diverse spiritual connections between people of faith build stronger communities. Our online magazine includes inspirational stories, fresh voices, reviews of books and films—and much more.” A great site.

    Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
    Coverage of news related to all faith traditions. The site is large and offers much for educators and lay persons alike.

    Speaking of Faith
    Simply one of the BEST. Public radio's weekly program about "religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas," this very popular radio program is currently heard on over 200 public radio stations across the U.S. and globally via the Web and podcast. Topics cover a very wide range and include all faith traditions.

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