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Proclaim Gathering

2017 Annual National Proclaim Gathering:

July 16-19, 2017

Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center, Chicago, IL


What is the Proclaim Gathering?

2015 Proclaim Retreat. Photo by Emily Ann Garcia.

A gathering for members of Proclaim (the professional community for publicly identified LGBTQIA+ Lutheran rostered ministers and candidates) and their families, for a time of renewal, community building, and professional development.  We come together and embrace what it means to be publicly identified leaders as we care for ourselves, as we live in and among our communities, and as we serve publicly witnessing to the Gospel.

There will be a speaker, large group sessions, workshops, social time, music, worship, small groups and more.

Where is it?

Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center, Chicago, IL

When is it?

July 16-19, 2017.  The gathering begins with dinner on Sunday evening (7/16/17) and concludes by 11am on Wednesday (7/19/17).

Who may attend?

This gathering is open to members of Proclaim and their significant others and children. For information on joining Proclaim go here.

What if I don’t know ANYONE in Proclaim?

Then there is no better reason to attend!  This gathering will connect you with many other LGBTQIA+ rostered leaders, candidates, and seminarians and help you develop relationships that may sustain you throughout your ministry.   Each attendee is invited to become part of a variety of smaller groups throughout the gathering so you’ll have a chance to get to know lots of people.

Travel Information:

Will be added closer to the date.


Significant others & children are invited and encouraged to attend this gathering.  The time is designed to address the reality of living as publicly identified LGBTQIA+ leaders.  Family members are an integral part of this community, experiencing the joys and challenges of this important ministry from their own unique perspectives.  We want this perspective to be represented, and we want to support their vital and unique ministry. Significant others will pay the full gathering cost.  There will be a chance early in the gathering for significant others to meet each other so this group can connect with one another throughout our time together.


Meals will be nutritious and tasty.  ELM seeks to extend a spirit of hospitality in all things, including food.  Please note dietary restrictions once registration opens, so that we may meet your needs. The gathering begins with dinner Sunday night, three meals a day Monday & Tuesday and breakfast on Wednesday. Snacks will be provided throughout.


Early bird registration for the first 65 registrants:  $395 – includes program, 3 nights lodging (double room), all meals, snacks, and T-shirt.  $495 – single room option.  Children and Adults are the same price (this varies year to year based on the specific retreat center and their policies).

Registration after the first 65 registrants: $425 for double room, $525 for single room.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer partial registration for people who are able to attend only part of the gathering.

All payment must be received by the close of registration (unless otherwise worked out with ELM). Should you be unable to attend the gathering for any reason, inform ELM before the close of registration and a refund (minus $100 non-refundable deposit) will be issued.  No refunds will be available after this.

Scholarships are available, with priority given to seminarians and those without a call. Applications are due by June 19th. See application above.


Questions? Contact:

Thank you to the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation who will provide ongoing support for our entire Proclaim program.