Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) expands ministry opportunities for publicly-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to lead in the Lutheran church as ordained pastors and rostered lay leaders. They believe that supporting ministry by LGBT leaders will change the church, and thereby, transform society to become more fully inclusive of all people.
ELM has launched Proclaim, the professional community for publicly-identified LGBT Lutheran rostered leaders (pastors, diaconal ministers, associates in ministry, and deaconesses) and seminarians. This network of rostered leaders and seminarians from multiple Lutheran communities is committed to changing church culture and transforming society through their ministry as publicly-identified LGBT rostered leaders. Proclaim was officially launched April 2, 2011 at a gathering of nearly 60 LGBT Lutheran rostered leaders, seminarians and spouses. Proclaim is open to rostered leaders and seminarians, all Lutheran denominations and rosters (for example, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod etc.).
The Proclaim retreat is intended to be a time of renewal, community building, and professional development. This retreat is open to members of Proclaim, significant others, and children 3 and under. It will be held April 18-21 in Stony Point, New York. Attendees will gather together and embrace what it means to be publicly identified leaders as they care for themselves, as they live in and amongst our communities, and as they serve as public witness to the Gospel. The keynote speaker this year is Bishop Gene Robinson, the current bishop of the New England diocese of the Episcopalian church. Bishop Robinson is the first publicly identified gay person to be elected bishop in a major Christian denomination and a 2009 GLAAD Media Award recipient.
GLAAD applauds the work of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries and is happy to support its work. GLAAD’s Director of Religion, Faith & Values, Ross Murray, will be presenting a media workshop entitled “GLBTQ Voices of Faith in the Media.”