Has the ELCA been involved with or enforced your sexuality in candidacy or congregational life? Have you experienced or witnessed gender or sexual injustice in the church?
We are gathering testimony from congregants, pastors, seminarians, church staff, and former ELCA members, and are always looking for more submissions. We are looking for posts of 200-1000 words that contain both a concrete personal experience of sexual, relational, or gender injustice, and an articulation of the vision of change that you would like to see in the ELCA.
Our mission with sharing these stories is to reveal how prevelant these injustices are in our church, and how our church’s dominant culture upholds harmful heternormative patriarchal understandings of relationality and embodiment.
Please send your anonymized stories and reflections to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also help anonymize stories if you fear that yours will be recognizable. The church needs to know the truth about what is happening in our institution.