Grace Unbound - We acknowledge that God created us as spiritual and sexual beings and as a church we need to minister to and support the needs of the whole person. We provide comprehensive sexual education that calls upon all areas in our lives and how they impact our whole selves; as well as providing a place of support where shame can be replaced by grace and healing. We believe in, support and are advocates for the LGBTQ Community.
Our Whole Lives - is a series of sexuality education programs for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, Young Adults and Adults. The resources are written by professional sexuality educators and provide accurate information for parents, teachers and pastors to be used in the affirming and supportive setting of our churches. There is a Parent Guide to Our Whole Lives Grades K-1 and Grades 4-6 that accompanies the Our Whole Lives resource for those age levels. Our Whole Lives Grades 4-6 also uses the book, It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris.
Religious Institute - a multi-faith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.
Safe touch is key to teach kids. Teach your youngest the Underwear Rule!
Human Sexuality - Free in Christ to care for the neighbor, Lutheran Youth talk about sexuality. This study, an adaptation of the third task force study Free in Christ to Serve the Neighbor: Lutherans Talk About Human Sexuality is intended for use by senior high youth together with parents, pastors, and youth leaders.
Can I Ask That?: - 8 Hard Questions about God & Faith [Sticky Faith Curriculum] Leader Guide
These Are Our Bodies addresses foundational issues for how we are called to have conversations about our sexuality within a faith community. Looking at sexuality through the lenses of growth and change, we can explore values and intentionality. Individuals and churches can use this technique to build upon this theological grounding. Discusses sexuality starting from the age 3, written by Episcopalians.
Cherish All Children is an ELCA ministry that equips congregations to prevent child sexual exploitation. Our vision is that ELCA congregations will be prevention champions so all children may be cherished, not exploited.
Queer Grace is an online encyclopedia for LGBTQ and Christian Life run by Lutheran Pastor Emmy Kegler.
Human Rights Campaign - As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. This resource links to a coming out resource for teens.
Hatch Youth - Hatch Youth is dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allied (LGBTQIA) youth, ages 13-20, to become positive contributors to society by providing a safe social environment, offering role models and peer support, and sponsoring educational and community outreach opportunities. This resource helps youth understand what is all entailed with coming out.
Reconciling Works - Lutherans for Full Participation advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations.
OutFront Minnesota - We envision a state (MN) where LGBTQ individuals have equal opportunities, protection and rights.
The Reformation Project - exists to train Christians to support and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
LGBTQIA+ Youth Ministry Resources -Do you have questions about how you can best serve the young LGTBQIA+ persons in your ministry setting? We took a few of the most frequently expressed concerns and created this simple resource to help youth ministry professionals and lay leaders provide hospitality and welcome to LGBTQIA+ youth and their families.
Inclusive Language Guide - Northwestern University's The Family Institute created a through and helpful guide for discussing topics such as race, gender, and mental health for example.
Austen Hartke -is the creator of the YouTube series “Transgender and Christian,” which seeks to understand, interpret, and share parts of the Bible that relate to gender identity and the lives of transgender individuals. Austen is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution. Austen speaks regularly and you can contact him at: http://austenhartke.com/contact/
The Naming Project - The mission of The Naming Project is to create places of safety for youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities where faith is shared and healthy life-giving community is modeled.
One Coin Found: How God's Love Stretches to the Margins by Pastor Emmy Kegler who has a complicated relationship with the Bible. As a queer woman who grew up in both conservative Evangelical and progressive Protestant churches, she knows too well how Scripture can be used to wound and exclude. And yet, the stories of Scripture continue to captivate and inspire her–both as a person of faith and as a pastor to a congregation. So she set out to fall in love with the Bible, wrestling with the stories inside, where she met a God who continues to seek us out–appearing again and again as a voice, a presence, and a promise.