A positive Christian ministry affirming GLBT people
Who are we?
A group of Gay and Lesbian Christians who meet periodically to support each other in our Christian faith. Our members are mostly Lutheran from various central Minnesota congregations, but also include people who are Catholics, from other Protestant denominations or Unitarian.
We are affiliated with the national Lutherans Concerned North America organization (for more information, visit their web site at www.lcan.org.)
How long have we been here?
We began meeting in 1998, first in homes and later in a public meeting space.
Who comes to our meetings?
In the past, we have only had gay and lesbian participants at our meetings, sometimes with invited guests. Recently we have decided to include interested persons who are allies for GLBT causes. We normally meet at University Lutheran Church of the Epiphany, 390 4th Ave. S. in St. Cloud.
What do we do?
Our regular meetings begin with a 25-30 minutes worship service, using LBW liturgy, hymns, prayers, and a homily. After a short social we usually have a topical meeting on some aspect of GLBT issues either revolving around the life of the Church, or an exploration of how an issue impacts our daily lives.
We also hold forums on GLBT issues and spirituality, and we co-sponsor a number of events in the community which either overtly or tangentially relate to GLBT causes.
We also give presentations on matters of faith to area congregations and on the St. Cloud State University campus. These presentations are given upon request.
We also have social events at various times of the year.
What kind of services do we provide?
Lutherans Concerned-St. Cloud has built a library of resource materials, recommended reading lists and collection of videos relating to Christianity and gay life. These materials are available on loan to area congregations upon request.
Some Lutherans Concerned members are also willing to participate in local congregation forums (adult education, etc.) on matters of sexuality, especially gay life in the Lutheran church.
For more information, contact:
University Lutheran Church of the Epiphany
Office Phone: (320) 252-6183
Steve: (320) 654-0924
Jan: (320) 252-4840