ELM Pastors in DC

Pastor Jay Wilson (ELM) and Pastor Megan Rohrer (ELM) joined hundreds of other transgender faith leaders in Washington, D.C. this past week for the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Religious Leaders Summit and Lobby Day.

Pastor Jay and Pastor Megan met with members during a critical week as the U.S. House debated the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H. R. 1913), moving one step closer to the passage of the first federal law to include gender identity and transgender people in a positive way. This bill would add sexual orientation, gender identity, gender and disability to the categories included in existing federal hate crimes law and would allow federal involvement in instances when the local government is unable or unwilling to address hate crimes.

Get the story directly from Pastor Megan here: queerbiblestudy.blogspot.com

(Photo: Rev. Megan Rohrer)

Save the Date Chicago!

Dazzling Bouquet

ELM will host Dazzling Bouquet, an afternoon of socializing with Chicago-area ELM supporters, on Sunday, July 19 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. The event is at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL (Chicago’s LGBT Center).

Tickets are $35-$50 per person. There will beverages, dazzling hors de oeuvres, and a silent and live auction featuring many one-of-a-kind items and services.

Plans are underway for the event!Those interested in being listed as a sponsor of the event with a gift of $100 or more, each sponsor of $100 or more will receive one complimentary ticket.
Please contact Rachael by Friday May 22 to be listed as a sponsor at 773-235-0610 or operations@elm.org.

New Covenant Circle Members

ELM welcomes the following new people to volunteer leadership roles with Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.

Fred Wolfe (Philadelphia, PA) – Candidacy and Credentialing

A long-time member of University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Philadelphia, PA and currently serves as Administrator. He is active on the SEPA South East Pennsylvania Synod’s LGBTQ Task Force, serving as Camp Director for “Wonderfully Made,” a camp for LGBTQ high school youth, and has been active with the YES! Coalition, a Delaware Valley Inter-Faith LGBTQ organization. Fred lives in Philadelphia with his partner, Gary Bronson.

Rose Beeson (Phoenix, AZ) – Congregations & Ministries
Currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona and is a member of Faith Lutheran Church. Rose was central in her congregation’s process to open calls to the ELM roster. She serves as Secretary of Lutherans Concerned/North America and is a past Regional Coordinator for LC/NA. Rose is moving to Berkeley, CA this summer and will begin a master of divinity program at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in the fall.

Vance Blackfox (Tulsa, OK) – At large member
A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, lives in Oaks, Oklahoma and serves as Director of Annual Fund for the Oaks Indian Mission. Vance was very active in the Lutheran Youth Organization, including service as the President of the Churchwide Board of the LYO and serving on many planning teams for the ELCA’s Youth Gathering. Vance is moving to Chicago this summer to begin his studies toward a Ph.D. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago this fall.

Pastor Paul Egertson (Thousad Oaks, CA) – Vocational Support & Oversight

A retired ELCA pastor and bishop emeritus of the Southwest California Synod of the ELCA. He resigned as bishop in 2001 after presiding at the extraordinary ordination of Pastor Anita Hill. He is currently the only ELCA bishop who has presided at an extraordinary ordination while in office. Pastor Paul Egertson resides in Thousand Oaks with his wife, Shirley, and serves as senior lecturer at California Lutheran University.

Favorite food dish
Fred: I’m dying to taste candied grapefruit rind dipped in dark chocolate. I have more of a bitter tooth than a sweet tooth. Don’t know what that means.
Vance: Korean BBQ!
Favorite Film
Rose: Running with Scissors, Tipping the Velvet, Real Women Have Curves, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Paul: Anchors Aweigh (I saw it 12 times as a kid).
Favorite hobbies
Fred: When I’m not at church, I always seem to either have a camera in front of my face or a trowel in my hand, sometimes both at once. Most of our garden grows in containers, either on our roofs or in the yard (to keep out of the path of the dogs).
Vance: I am a movie watcher! A weekly trip the theater, with friends or alone, is a must if at all possible.
Rose: Traveling, volunteering with the theater, participating in a bi-weekly Socrates Café, meeting friends at a bar after the Socrates Café to discuss the definition of words.
Paul: Reading and exploring the Internet.

Holy Week Blessings

A blessed Holy Week to you from Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries…

During this time of reflection and anticipation, we invite you to virtually visit some of the pastors on the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries roster as they examine and experience Holy Week in their own communities.

Pastor Megan Rohrer is on her annual Lenten Street Retreat. Follow her Street Retreat blog.

Pastor Donna Simon is blogging here.

Pastor Erik Christensen is posting his sermons here.

Pastor Dan Hooper is blogging here.

May these pastors’ words bring insight, reflection and connection to your week.

Rev. Megan Rohr featured in the news!

Recently, Rev. Megan Rohrer, ELM roster (pictured left, in a photo by Gabriela Hasbrun), was the featured pastor in the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion & Faith News, which is emailed to

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thousands of people. In the profile, readers learn about Pastor Megan’s work with the homeless through the Welcome Ministry, especially her outreach to the many GLBT-identified homeless in the Polk-Gulch neighborhood. Pastor Megan is also currently featured in the exhibit, Polk Street: Lives in Transition, that explores San Francisco’s Polk Gulch neighborhood from the 1960s to the present.