New Ways for Congregation to Get Involved with Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries:
The biggest NEW part of the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries community is the role of congregations. In this new organization, congregations are critical to the movement. Congregations have an opportunity to affiliate with ELM as a way to actively live out their commitment to full inclusion in life and ministry of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the Lutheran church. Here are a few ways your congregation can get involved:
- Visit the Congregational Resources section of our website
- Become a Congregational Affiliate of ELM
- Include Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries in your congregation's benevolence giving (directly to ELM or earmarked in your synodical giving)
- Decide now to include members of the ELM Roster in your next call process
- Email the Congregations Ellipse Chair, Rev. Susan Strouse to talk about how your congregation can get involved or to invite ELM to share its mission with your congregation at at worship service, educational forum, council meeting or other event.
Creative Communications- We Need Your Help
We believe that if more Lutherans knew about the exciting work of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries that they would want to become a part of our movment. Help us reach out to Lutherans in all the ways we communicate by:
- Joining us on your favorite social networking online: Facebook, Myspace and Tribe
- Writing about our work and events on your blog
- Forwarding our emails and inviting others to join us online
- Sending us an email to join us in creating, writing and/or editing our newsletters, press releases, our website and other online materials
Join Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries at Hearts on Fire!
Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries is proud to help underwrite Hearts on Fire. The Biennial Assembly and Reconciling in Christ Convention hosted by our coalition partner Lutherans Concerned/North America, Hearts on Fire is July 3-6 at San Francisco State University. Early registration closes March 15, so we encourage you to register today. Prices will rise after March 15 to the standard rate.
Many members of the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries community attend these gatherings each year and look forward to connecting with old and new friends. If you have recently become involved with Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, we hope you will join us at Hearts on Fire for a great opportunity to connect in person with others seeking the full inclusion and participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in Lutheran life and ministry. Learn more and register.
- Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson
- Rev. Kelly Fryer
- Bishop John Selders of the Church of God
- Rev. Gladys Moore.
The assembly also includes:
- Training to use story telling to advance the movement to full inclusion
- Sharing of best practices with others committed to full inclusion
- Vacation Bible School
- Child care
- Bible study
- Uplifting worship services
- Spiritual counseling
- an event for couples
- an event for rostered leaders
- in-depth anti-racism training "Finding the I in the Middle of Racism."