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On Orlando: Words from Padre Ángel D. Marerro

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries believes that LGBTQ+ people have extraordinary gifts for ministry. Through their public witness, these leaders proclaim the Gospel now.


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Enrich & Transform – new video!

One thing we commonly hear about LGBTQ pastors is that congregations just “aren’t ready.” As you know, we like to say – “Let us help you get ready!”
Thanks to this fabulous new short video, call committees and congregations now have a 6-minute conversation starter about “getting ready” to welcome LGBTQ people into the call process.  Watch and share now!



June 25, 2016, 2pm – Ordination of Proclaim member Marissa Sotos, Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis (called to be Mission Developer in North Loop Minneapolis)

July 10, 2016 – Ordination of Proclaim member Jason Churchill, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (called to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Wilmington DE)

July 23, 2016 – Ordination of Proclaim member Joseph Graumann, Jr. (Called to St Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Marlborough, Massachusetts)

October 16-18, 2016 – ELM board in person meeting, Chicago, IL

July 16-19, 2017Proclaim Gathering (Cenacle Retreat Center, Chicago, IL)





For a comprehensive list of resources for LGBTQ candidates, as well as candidacy committees, call committees, internship sites, and more, please see our Resource Page.

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Thinking About Coming Out?

Connect with people in Proclaim as you go through the coming out process as a rostered leader or seminarian.


BOOK:  “Dear God, I am Gay — thank you!”

Second Edition collection of essays and sermons by Joel Workin.  Amazing stuff!

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia.

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia.

VIDEO: A 3 minute video slideshow of the 2016 Proclaim Gathering. Watch here!