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2018 Annual National Proclaim Gathering:

August 5-8, 2018 Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center, outside Baltimore, MD

Gathering program booklet & schedule: CLICK HERE

Send Proclaimers to the Gathering! Contribute to the Proclaim Scholarship Fund HERE


What is the Proclaim Gathering?
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, build community, and learn together.

Rev. Elizabeth Edman, author of Queer Virtue will be our keynote speaker this year! In addition to a few large group speaker sessions, there will also be workshops, social time, music, worship, small groups and more.












Where is it?
Please review these Travel Details carefully before registering and arranging flights! Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center, is about a 30-60 minute drive from Baltimore International Airport, MD. Pearlstone includes a pool, a hiking/walking/running trail, and lots of recreational opportunities. So if you would like to partake in some of those recreational activities while you’re there, bring appropriate shoes, sunscreen, clothing, goggles, and such. If outdoorsy activities are not your thing, then fear not, there’ll be other options available too. Click on the picture below to learn more about the campus and amenities.


When is it?
August 5-8, 2018.  Programming for the Gathering begins on Sunday evening (8/5/18) at 5:30pm. Plan on arriving to the center before that to check-in. You will be able to check into your room beginning at 3pm. Closing worship will conclude by 11am on Wednesday (8/8/18).


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 will 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.


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. This year, the food will be farm-to-table fresh. All meals will be Kosher this year (Pearlstone is a Jewish retreat center and all their meal prep is Kosher). Please note dietary restrictions while you’re completing your registration, so that we may meet your needs. Dinner will be provided Sunday night, three meals a day Monday and Tuesday, and then breakfast and lunch on Wednesday. Snacks will be provided throughout.



Register TODAY: registration closes July 6th.
Early bird registration for the first 65 registrants:  $410 – includes program, 3 nights lodging (double room), all meals, snacks, and T-shirt.

Registration after the first 65 registrants: $435 for double room.

Single room option: $600

Dorm-style lodging with 2-5 in a room with some bunks and some single beds: $310

(we’ve reserved 5 of these rooms which open up to a lounge area that includes 5 private single stall bathrooms each with a shower, toilet, and sink)

Children 1-5 years old: $105

Children 6-15 years old: $270

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

All payment must be received by the close of registration. 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 for those without full-time calls (seminarians, those awaiting call, on leave from call, etc) to cover up to the full cost of registration. Applications are due by July 6th.


Questions? Contact:

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