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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

For a comprehensive list of resources for LGBTQIA+ candidates, as well as candidacy committees, call committees, internship sites, and more, please see our Resource Page.

Current Proclaim Members

Listing of Proclaim members.

Proclaim Pulpit Supply

See Proclaim members available to preach and preside in your area.


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Thinking About Coming Out?

Connect with people in Proclaim as you go through the coming out process as a rostered leader or seminarian.


BOOK:  “Dear God, I am Gay — thank you!”

Second Edition collection of essays and sermons by Joel Workin.  Amazing stuff!

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia

VIDEO: A 3 minute video slideshow of the 2017 Proclaim Gathering. Watch here!




Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

For 2020 Proclaim Gathering Information- please contact Oliva at!

For more information about upcoming events and visits, please email us at


Our Mission

Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Changing the church through the ministry of publicly-identified LGBTQ Lutheran rostered leaders 

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) expands ministry opportunities for publicly-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people called to serve God as clergy and rostered lay leaders.  We do this work through our three programs: Proclaim, Candidacy Accompaniment, and Ministry Grants.

Through this work, we seek to make real in the world today Jesus’ message that all are invited to share and receive God’s gifts.

Find answers to FAQ About ELM and Proclaim here.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

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Click on events in color for more information:

“Dear God, I am Gay — thank you!” by Joel Workin 2nd Edition Released

February 21-24:  ELM Board of Directors meeting- St. Paul, MN.

April 12-15, 2013:  2013 Proclaim Retreat