Knutson Grant Recipients

  • “Promoting LGBT Inclusion in Multicultural Ministry Settings,” sponsored by Reconciling Works: Lutherans for Full Participation (formerly Lutherans Concerned/North America), was a three-day conference focused on building relationships across ideological and affinity group lines, equipping people working in ethnic specific and multicultural ministry settings with tools to promote LGBT inclusion. This event featured storytelling from Lutherans of color who are LGBT or straight allies, scriptural and theological grounding for LGBT inclusion provided by theologians of color, and best practices from ethnic specific and multicultural congregations for working at the intersection of oppressions.
  • “Hearts on Fire: Lutherans Concerned Biennial Assembly and Reconciling in Christ Conference” was a four-day conference for Lutherans of all sexual orientations and gender identities from across the United States and Canada. The conference included keynote addresses, Bible studies, worship with the gathered community, panels and workshops, and networking for action with others committed to the full participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the life of the Lutheran church.
  • “To Swim With the Salmon III: Spirituality and Ecojustice in the Pacific Northwest,” sponsored by Lutheran Campus Ministry, Oregon State University, was a multifaceted, multi-sensory, interactive conference that brought together campus, culture and church in the important spiritual – indeed, Christian – work of earth care and ecojustice. More often than not, college students lead the way toward more responsible treatment of the earth. Even as they are forming their values, shaping their spirits, and leading in technological advances, spiritual traditions such as our own Lutheran Christianity can also offer them fuller understanding of the world and the call to creation care.
  • “Trinity Place Shelter,” sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, New York,  was a temporary, one-week “winter shelter pilot” in the church basement for eight homeless LGBT young people. After the trial program, the congregation offered to extend the winter shelter. Volunteers from the congregation worked with the young people, including tutoring one participant so he could pass his GED, cooking meals, and raising funds for the shelter.
  • “Campus Ministry Resource and Renewal Center”, sponsored by Lutheran Campus Ministry, University of Montana, is a project that developed space where students can come and find current progressive-minded Christian books, periodicals, articles, information, websites and opportunities.  It’s a gathering space that is open and inviting for students to browse, drink coffee, bring a lunch, do some research, meet friends, read, go online or just hang out.  This is a student sub-culture that is a safe place to learn, explore, question, support each other and grow.
  • “Ordination for ALL God’s People? Love According to Luc,” sponsored by Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Ministry, University of North Dakota was a conference featuring the play “Luc” about a seminarian who discovers that when she is honest about her lesbian identity, her loving and supportive church cannot ordain her. Luc is faced with defining her own voice and relationship with God and making choices.  Along with the performance of “Luc”, the event included panel presentations and workshops offering conversation and interaction from diverse viewpoints and orientations. Varying perspectives on the issue of ordination of GLBT clergy were explored at the event.