January 20,1990 was a monumental day for the LGBTQIA+ movement in the Lutheran church. In a letter, Bishop Krister Stendahl affirmed the ordinations of Phyllis Zillhart, Ruth Frost, and Jeff Johnson, by saying that if the church will not ordain these individuals then they must be ordained "extra ordinem" or extraordinarily and that these extraordinary ordinations “stand well before God.” Thirty years later, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries continues to affirm and support LGBTQIA+ Lutheran rostered ministers, and those preparing for rostered leadership, while also engaging allied congregations and ministries to proclaim God’s love and seek justice for all.
Today, January 20, 2020, in honor of the thirtieth anniversary of the first Extraordinary Ordinations, ELM will host one day of online giving to support the continued ministry of ELM. Thank you for your continued support of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.
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