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The ELM Seminarian Outreach Team (formerly Proclaim Seminarian Team) was created in celebration of the growing number of LGBTQIA+ Lutheran seminarians and divinity school students pursuing rostered ministry.

Goals of this team include:

  • To strengthen ELM’s relationship with LGBTQIA+ seminarians through designated student representatives at each ELCA seminary and many divinity schools.
  • To provide more opportunities for LGBTQIA+ seminarians to get involved in Proclaim and ELM and to be supported by the Accompaniment program. 
  • To make Proclaim and ELM more visible in ELCA seminaries and divinity schools both for LGBTQIA+ students and others.

In addition to student reps at each seminary, we also have ELM Seminary Advocates, faculty and staff members at each ELCA seminary and some divinity schools who serve as a liaison between ELM and the school and as an advocate for LGBTQIA+ students.

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2019-2020 ELM Seminarian Outreach Team Reps

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CONVENER – Miranda Joebgen, Luther Seminary,

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago – Reed Fowler,

Luther Seminary – Drew Stever,

Trinity Lutheran SeminaryTBD

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary –  TBD

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary – Stefan Swanson,

United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia – Kayla Sadowy,

United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg – TBD

Wartburg Theological SeminaryEmma Grinde, and Sara Funkhouser,

Harvard Divinity School – Samm Melton,

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia
Photo by Emily Ann Garcia