One of ELM’s main programs is Proclaim, the professional community for Lutheran pastors, rostered lay leaders and seminarians who publicly identify as LGBTQ.
ELM & Proclaim: Interested in knowing more about the roots of ELM and Proclaim? Read this interview on the history of ELM and how Proclaim became a program of ELM.
Proclaim is a living witness of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries’ core belief that ministry by people who publicly and joyfully identify as LGBTQ is one way to change the church and society to become a place more fully inclusive of all people. We believe God’s Great Welcome Table is open to all, and that all kinds of people, including those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, are called to receive and share God’s gifts.
Proclaim was officially launched April 2, 2011 at a gathering of nearly 60 LGBTQ Lutheran rostered leaders, seminarians and spouses. The 2nd Proclaim retreat was in April of 2012 in Stony Point, NY. The 2013 Proclaim Retreat was April 12-15, 2013 at the Bishop’s Ranch in Sonoma, CA (group photo above).
Proclaim is open to rostered leaders and seminarians, all Lutheran denominations and rosters (for example, ELCA,ELCIC, LCMS, ELM). This community welcomes all who fit this criteria and who wish to join.
Proclaim is a community, not a list. Involvement in this community includes an invitation to: apply for ELM ministry grants and scholarships; attend the annual retreat; and connect in person and online throughout the year. If you would like to talk more about getting connected with the Proclaim community, please contact Amalia Vagts at director(at)elm.org.
Proclaim has an 8 person volunteer leadership team that meets monthly to discuss needs of the community and works on programming. Rev. Caleb Crainer is the current Proclaim program chair. There are three chaplains for the Proclaim community.