The Great Plains conference has a grant open for “ministries that raise up LGBTQ+ persons as missional leaders in the Great Plains Annual Conference to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” They are actively awarding those grants! If you have received one, we would love to feature your story! Let us know what God is calling you to do.
- If you identify as LGBTQ+, think of a ministry you are interested in or passionate about, and use this money to finally pursue this ministry in some way – a new Bible study or small group idea, a new praise band or service, a fresh expression, a justice or mercy ministry for your particular city or town, a new evangelical tool, the possibilities are endless!
- If you do not identify as LGBTQ+, be an advocate for a friend and help them pursue their gifts and passions for Christ’s work. “Provoke one another to love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)
- If you want to do something, but would like ideas or coaching on how you might utilize this grant, members of the Resource Team would love to help! Contact Julie Wilke, Rev. Christine Potter, or Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede
Link: Missional Leaders Grant Application
Complaint against Rev. Anna Blaedel “resolved.” – We lament for all the ways this injustice in Iowa has caused harm to Rev. Anna, their family, their students, queer clergy, and the connection. As Rev. Anna’s counsel, Rev. Tyler, says,
“If I have one thing to say to the people of this church, it may be simply this: perhaps the most insidious harm is not outright bigotry—that’s obvious—but when people call themselves friends, while being willing to compromise our lives for the sake of “church unity.” And what has that gotten us? The promise of unity has only exacerbated division, destroying the church, as it has destroyed the lives of LGBTQIA+ beloveds. And still, we who are queer have something to teach the church. We know something of liberation on the other side of fear and trembling. We know how to celebrate life and love and tenderness and delight. We know how to make feasts out of crumbs. We know good news in our bodies, in our relationships, and in our living and loving beyond dehumanizing policies and practices. Follow our lead. We have good news for the church and world. This is messy, complicated stuff, and it matters so desperately that we get it right. Because bodies and lives and souls are at stake.”