Many ELM friends are familiar with the book, “Dear God, I am Gay — thank you!” which is a collection of Joel Workin’s writings.
On February 25, we will release the 2nd edition of this incredible collection of essays and sermons. The new edition features a new foreword by the Rev. Erik Christensen, as well as several never before published sermons, including the sermon Joel preached at the Rev. Jeff Johnson’s installation at First United Lutheran Church in 1990. Editor Michael Nelson has gone through stacks of material to select pieces for the new book. Joel’s parents, Betty and Ray Workin have generously underwritten the costs of the second edition. You may request a copy of the book as a thank-you gift when making a donation to Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.
Joel’s writings have been a resource to numerous LGBTQ rostered leaders and others. He embodied ELM’s core belief that the church is changed by leaders who are public about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
The book will be released at a special event in Santa Monica, CA on Saturday, Feb. 25 and available to the public immediately following.