Each year ELM gives grants to fund ministry by LGBT pastors. ELM is proud to support the following through the Mission Grant program. The 2010 grants are:
Eco Faith Project- Portland, OR:
$20,000 continuation of Concept grant for up to 6 months, then Mission grant for Pastor Robyn Hartwig.
The Welcome Ministry
– San Francisco, CA:
$11,500 continuation of Empowerment grant for Pastor Jay Wilson.
$6,000 sabbatical grant for Pastor Megan Rohrer.
Grace Lutheran Church – Houston, TX:
$15,000 continuation of Empowerment grant for Pastor Lura Groen.
Total for 2010: $61,500
We were delighted to be able to fund all grant requests this year!
Just two weeks after the Swedish Lutheran Church announced its decision to perform same-sex marriages, the denomination elected the Lutheran church’s first openly lesbian bishop. Bishop Eva Brunne was ordained as the bishop of the Stockholm diocese this past Sunday. Bishop Brunne and her partner have one child.
The Swedish Lutheran Church has a history of expansive welcome to gay and lesbian people. In 1990, then Bishop emeritus of the Stockholm diocese Krister Stendahl wrote a letter of support to the members of St. Francis Lutheran Church and First United Lutheran Church as they celebrated the ordinations of openly gay candidates Ruth Frost, Jeff Johnson and Phyllis Zillhart. These ordinations sparked the beginning of the movement leading to the formation of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.
Stendahl wrote, “Since I can’t be with you at your ordination which, it seems, must take place extra ordinem, I want to send you a greeting affirming my conviction that the steps that your congregations and you are taking stand well before God.”