LGBTQIA+ History Month Resources

October is LGBTQIA+ History Month and National Coming Out Day is Tuesday, October 11th! Lower Susquehanna Synod Justice Ministries has created and made available a variety of resources for your congregation and ministry to use as you celebrate and recognize our LGBTQIA+ siblings in Christ.

A Pastoral Message On LGBTQIA+ History Month & National Coming Out Day, October 2022

From Rev. Richard Jorgensen

Reconciling in Christ Congregation Leaders Share Wisdom from the Journey

Prerecord Justice Ministries Forum

A National Coming Out Day Sermon, Free to Use

by Rev. Jim Goodyear

National Coming Out Day

Train in 10 Digital Resource Series

Our committee is dedicated to developing partnerships and providing rostered leaders and congregations with theologically sound resources and enlightening and engaging worship opportunities that celebrate our God-given, God-created unique identities, while supporting and accompanying LBGTQIA+ people, families, and our community.

Our Affirming Task Force

The Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson

The Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson

Synod Staff Liaison

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The Rev. Angela Hammer

The Rev. Angela Hammer

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The Rev. Angela Hammer

The Rev. Dr. Martin Zimmann

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The Rev. Michael Allwein

The Rev. Michael Allwein

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Vicar Marty Jo Irvin-Stellabotte

Vicar Marty Jo Irvin-Stellabotte

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Beth McKinley

Beth McKinley

Co-Chairperson

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Molly Haggerty

Rev. Molly Haggerty

Co-Chairperson

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Beth McKinley

Rev. Jonah Davis

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Tracy Glover

The Rev. Traci Benditz Glover

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Michael Youse

Michael Youse

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  • Sr. Davia Evans (she/her/hers)
  • Trey Perez (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)

  • Lesli Willoughby

Resources (in no particular order within their sections)

Specifically Lutheran LGBTQIA+ Support and Resources

Specifically LGBTQIA+ Affirming Worship, Bible Study, and Sermon Prep Resources

LGBTQIA+ Affirming Lists of Resources from Other Denominations

Books Suitable for Congregational Study and Use

  • The Queer Bible Commentary

  • Bible Trouble by Teresa Hornsby and Ken Stone

  • Transgender, Intersex, and Biblical Interpretation by Hornsby/Guest

  • Radical Love; An Introduction to Queer Theology by Patrick Cheng

  • This I Know; A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians by Pr. Jim Dant

  • No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice by Shannon Craigo-Snell and Christopher Doucet

  • Outside the Lines by Mihee Kim-Kort

  • Transforming by Austen Hartke

  • Unclobber by Colby Martin

  • The Oxford Handbook of theology, sexuality, and gender edited by Adrian Thatcher

  • Queer Theology by Linn Marie Tonstad

  • Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism by R.W. Holmen

  • Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry (publishing in April 2021)

  • Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing (Fortress, 2001)

Reconciling In Christ Congregations

  • Union Lutheran Church (York)
  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (Middletown)
  • St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church (Harrisburg)
  • Messiah Lutheran Church (Harrisburg)
  • Communities of Hope (Harrisburg)
  • Tree of Life Lutheran Church (Harrisburg)
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church (Harrisburg)
  • St. Matthias Evangelical Lutheran Church (Carlisle)
  • St. James Lutheran Church (Gettysburg)
  • Christ Chapel at Gettysburg College (Gettysburg)
  • United Lutheran Seminary (Gettysburg)
  • St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church (Penryn)
  • Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central PA
  • Lower Susquehanna Synod Office

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