“This is the first time since discerning my call that I have felt 100% at home. For the first time since seminary I am not having to teach anyone about who I am, and I am finally not alone and it is an extraordinary feeling.” – Mack Patrick, Seminarian
In pictures and a few words, here are some of the highlights of this year’s Proclaim Retreat for LGBTQ Lutheran rostered leaders, candidates, and seminarians, held April 17-20, 2015:
Media Training with Macky Alston from Auburn Seminary. A powerful training equipping us as progressive people of faith to more effectively proclaim our messages. And seeing each other on camera was pretty fun, too!
A variety of workshops including: Prayer Practices, Greening Your Church, Redeveloping Congregations, Living Well, and more.
“I’m grateful for a community that can help me process the unique joys and challenges I face as an LGBTQ-identified pastor.” – Rev. Javen Swanson
Worshiping together, prophetic preaching, sharing communion, praying in multiple languages, praying through drawing, clay, music, and silence.
“You are beloved. These are words that, historically, those who identify as LGBTQ have not heard often, or even at all. However, as a member of Proclaim, I am reminded that I am extraordinary and beloved without qualification.” – Rev. Jill Rode
Walks around the labyrinth, conversations over meals, campfire singing, late night card games and theological discussions.
“It means so much to me to be part of a community not only where I am accepted for who I am, but that is so dedicated to serving God in spite of all the difficulties and obstacles we have faced to do so.” – Brian Hornbecker, Seminarian
Thank you to all of our ELM supporters for making this gathering possible. And an extra special thank you to our retreat sponsors:
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and Portico.