ELCA Churchwide Assembly


What do LGBTQ people still need from the church?

While the pews and pulpits of the ELCA are open to LGBTQ people, many in the community do not feel a sense of belonging and safety in the Lutheran church. It is through your support and gifts that LGBTQ people and their families can be seen, named, and cared for in sacred spaces. ReconcilingWorks and Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries are partnering during this year’s Assembly to raise visibility about the presence and involvement of LGBTQ people in the life and work of the church.  Join in daily activities (even by phone if you aren’t attending in person) to support the lives of LGBTQ people and our allies, friends, and families.

What is next for the work for LGBTQ people in the Lutheran Church? While we have come a long way, the journey continues. We’ve created a joint online website to invite your direct feedback about what you hope to see in the future of the church. Please go to LGBTQLutheran.org to share.

Daily Morning Prayer: Join with others to create a space where LGBTQ people can be seen leading prayer in thanks and affirmation for the gifts marginalized communities bring to the ELCA. Monday prayer will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the hallway in front of Plenary Room (Hall C) on the first floor. Prayer will begin at 7:30 a.m. the rest of the week at the same location.

Daily Conference Calls: Join executive directors Aubrey Thonvold and Amalia Vagts, at 6:15 p.m. CST for a daily 15 minute call starting Monday, August 8th to get updates and news about Assembly happenings. Phone number 641-715-3660, Participant Access Code 186983.

Midweek Meetup: If you are looking for information about ReconcilingWorks, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, memorials, and elections please stop by the Foyer in the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center on Wednesday, August 10th from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday Reception & Working Gathering: Attend the open reception from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center ballroom for a time of networking and community. Make sure to stay for the Working Gathering from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. and discuss “What do LGBTQ people still need from their church?” as we look to the 10th Anniversary of policy change at the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. Be a part of the conversation that will help guide our plans for the work ahead.