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2649 N. Francisco Ave. Chicago IL 60647 USA


Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries expands ministry opportunities for public-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Lutheran rostered leaders.


ELM has supported dozens of LGBTQ pastors and rostered leaders who were barred from serving in Lutheran denominations. ELM has given away over $750,000 since 1995 to support ministry by openly LGBTQ pastors and rostered leaders.

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In 2010, we gave away $62,000 in grants to congregations and ministries served by publicly-identified LGBTQ pastors and rostered lay leaders.

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while i am an attorney, it has been my passion to open doors for our lgbtq folks to enter whatever profession they wish; i focused on pastors, the armed services and the political world…those doors are pretty much open now, but there is still sooo much work to do, and ELM on the church-side of my passion is doing exactly the right things…i am so proud of my involvement, of the continued work and vision being done by my successors, and so proud also of those friends before me who so early on saw what needed to be done to have lgbtq candidates accepted in pastoral ministry and began this work 25 years ago...

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no changes but a couple of additions: 1) have a "care component" that could minister to all the lgbtq folks who have been so damaged by homophobia in the church, especially those who wanted to be pastors and those who have been removed from pastorates… 2) have a "legal component" like the naacp legal defense fund, that would seek justice when lgbtq church leaders are unfairly treated...

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