There are many resources available to LGBTQ Lutheran seminarians through Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. Check them out – for you or someone you know.
INTERNSHIP GRANTS: Congregations hosting a Proclaim intern in 2013-2014 can apply for up to $5,000 in funding from ELM. We have limited funds available. The application deadline is February 28, 2013. The process is very simple. Access the application by clicking here.
WORKIN SCHOLAR: Each year, ELM names at least one Workin Scholar. This is a seminarian who embodies the legacy of Joel Workin, one of the first openly gay Lutheran seminarians. The application is due in May. We will be posting details and an application form soon. You can learn more here.
PROCLAIM RETREAT: The annual Proclaim retreat is a vital gathering for all LGBTQ rostered leaders, but especially for seminarians. About 30 attended last year. Scholarships are available to cover registration for the retreat. ELM supporters can help by donating to the scholarship fund. Access the scholarship application here.
PROCLAIM: Proclaim is a program of ELM. It is a professional community for Lutheran rostered leaders and candidates for ministry. It is a very beneficial community for those who are in seminary. Proclaim provides crucial support and networking at this time of ministry exploration and discernment. Learn more about Proclaim and how to join here.
ACCOMPANIMENT: This is another program of ELM. A national network of resource leaders provide a wide range of accompaniment to LGBTQ people in Lutheran candidacy. We provide this support to those in Proclaim and those still in the process of coming out. Learn more about Accompaniment here.
Please use and share these resources. If you want to support this work, please consider making a secure and tax-free contribution to ELM. LGBTQ candidates need our support and we need yours to give it. Contact ELM Executive Director Amalia Vagts at director(at)elm.org if you have questions about using or supporting this part of ELM’s mission.