Jump to content
  • Welcome to the TransPulse Forums!

    We offer a safe, inclusive community for transgender and gender non-conforming folks, as well as their loved ones, to find support and information.  Join today!

jae bear

Anyone here attend a ELCA Luthern church?

Recommended Posts

jae bear

I have been at the same Wisconsin synod Lutheran church since 1973, and sadly they are not going to want me around once I come out in public... My wife and I have been researching some local ELCA Lutheran churches as they are very accepting, and I am hoping our young daughter finds some acceptance and peace with my transition when we do tell her. Honestly I think she will be fine, she already asks questions about transgender topics even though I am sure she has no idea what's going on. My wife and I would also like to make some new friends (or for me just some friends at all) as almost all our friends are from church. Has anyone here had any experience with the ELCA Lutheran church? Are your experiences good, bad or indifferent?

Hugs,

Jae

Share this post


Link to post
BrandiBri

Jae, although I obviously don't live in San Jose, I was on a website a while back and just for research I did find a list of TG friendly chrches in you area. Unfortunately, I don't remember it now. But while trying to find it I did find a couple of sites that might help.

https://www.yellowpages.com/san-jose-ca/churches-lutheran-evangelical-lutheran-church-in-america-elca

http://www.cgslc.org/about-us.html

 

Hope this helps you out. btw I was raised Lutheran, but due to circumstances that I won't get into, I left the church. I now feel the need to find a good church here so now i am going to research Lutheran churches here. Not really optimistic though, since there are not too many trans folk and most churches probably have no experience with us. 

Share this post


Link to post
VickySGV

I am an Episcopalian and we and the ELCA are in communion with each other and share the Trans inclusive POV.  I have been to communion services and con-celebration services a few time with Trans ELCA folks.  It may depend a little bit on the congregation and pastor, but it is worth a check into.  If you cannot find an ELCA I will be happy to invite you to the Episcopal Church side of life.  I do know an Episcopal Church priest in the East Bay who is Transgender.

 

This web site here has a list of affirming churches on it in your neighborhood -- Find one near you and call the pastor would be my suggestion.  http://www.believeoutloud.com/latest

Share this post


Link to post
SugarMagnolia

I was at a PFLAG event last night and they had a panel with faith leaders including a local Lutheran pastor. He was very affirming and open. 

I'd definitely consider it if I were in your situation. Of course, as Vicky says it depends on the pastor, church, etc.

Share this post


Link to post
jae bear

 Oh my gosh, thank you girls, there’s some really good information here that I need to look at. My wife did a little hunting around and we seem to have found an Elka church nearby but we really need to go over and talk to the pastors. Of course being a heavy duty Lutheran I kind of feel the need to continue on that path but I have been to an Episcopal church here or there and some things are very similar, I am mainly concerned with a fairly straight forward scripture-based faith and not too much interpretation, one of my friends that I talk to this morning said Elka often does quite a bit of interpretation to fit the means and motives of any particular topic. I guess I’ll just need to attend a few services and talk with the pastors to see if I like the congregation and church then go from there. Of course as the old saying goes, you know you’re Lutheran when all of your casserole dishes have your name written in sharpie pen on the bottom, and a crock pot with your mothers name  written on a piece of tape ! Oh yeah, Lutherans love to eat, and a potluck at church just cannot be left unattended.

Hugs,

Jae

.

.

.

 Your mother is so Lutheran...  all her casserole dishes have her name written in permanent ink on the bottom...

Share this post


Link to post

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Who's Online   3 Members, 0 Anonymous, 17 Guests (See full list)

    • stbSusan
    • Phoenixrises42016
    • MaryEllen
  • Who Was Online

    100 Users were Online in the Last 48 Hours
    • stbSusan
    • Phoenixrises42016
    • MaryEllen
    • VickySGV
    • jo jo
    • Kirsten
    • Rowan
    • Alexx21
    • MaryMary
    • SugarMagnolia
    • Jani
    • Jackie C.
    • Petra Jane
    • hmillerrr
    • Amy LeBlanc
    • Miseria
    • Joe76
    • Jocelyn
    • ckd
    • tomsawyer2305
    • Cat Lady Kelly
    • CyndiRae
    • Briana
    • Swansuser1
    • Katt
    • claire1000
    • Timber Wolf
    • Martyn
    • MarcieMarie12
    • KymmieL
    • Charlize
    • Elyssia
    • jae bear
    • DenimAndLace
    • DrumbeatAlex
    • kotobirbs
    • Lexi
    • Miss Linnea
    • Cthorne
    • Zedarius
    • Robin
    • Sharon Aml
    • Mickey
    • rufnear
    • Andrea
    • RudyMac
    • Adaline
    • tracy_j
    • Laura Beth
    • Ashlee
    • Carolyn Marie
    • Cheyenne skye
    • bobbisue
    • PurpleBlue
    • ChickenLittle
    • Keyan
    • It'sAndrew345
    • Rachael
    • Snow Princess Sophie
    • nitehwk
    • Isabelle
    • April
    • JMG
    • Dakota16
    • Terry
    • Summer
    • JD
    • JJ
    • Jojo
    • Willow
    • Carly Hughes
    • nate775
    • Michelle F
    • NewLife336
    • Alice
    • BrandiBri
    • Notsure2015
    • KeiraC
    • Lilyr1999
    • CaptainC_Cookies
    • mochi90
    • Julie J
    • DDan
    • Sophie
    • TiaMaria
    • Cluck1992
    • Lady Ayu
    • Poppycorn95
    • Braxton
    • leomonade
    • JBfox
    • Dev
    • CompressionMan
    • Steff
    • quezadajuarez
    • MolsMags93
    • Ronin82
    • Roberta-Belinda
    • Amy joey
    • Carly
  • Topics With Zero Replies

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      66,255
    • Total Posts
      599,237
  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      3,860
    • Most Online
      8,356

    tomsawyer2305
    Newest Member
    tomsawyer2305
    Joined
  • Today's Birthdays

    No users celebrating today
  • Posts

    • jo jo
      i find the best thing to do is just practice and see  what suits you if your happy then bingo you gotta think most women themselves arent perfect at makeup !!!
    • Kirsten
      Ugh I hate that. I can’t tell you how many times I hear Michael at work and I turn my head. There’s like 5 michaels in our garage too. So it happens a good bit. And it’s never me. Lol
    • VickySGV
      I can see an application of this theory at work in the murder rates of Trans women in non-white racial and ethnic communities where masculinity is given special status and narrow definition.  The same is true even in geographic regions where general "male privilege" is held higher than female status.  It is that male privilege that is currently on display and excuses allegations of sexual force against women.  
    • Jani
      Great.  Yes soon your old name will be unfamiliar and you won't become alert every time you hear it.     Jani
    • SugarMagnolia
      Yes, it gets easier and easier every day which is what I'd hoped for. I'm still getting used to people calling me Julie at work, though. It seems completely normal in the rest of my life, but I didn't realize how surprising it would sound coming from my co-workers. Its such great blend of being surprised to hear it and being relieved/happy to not have to hide. ❤️

      Julie
    • Jani
      There are two forms for obtaining passports, the original and renewal.  For some changes you need to use the original form even though you have a current valid passport.  The lady at the office who took mine said I had the wrong form until she realized I needed the gender marker changed.  So read the instructions carefully.  Best of luck.   Jani
    • Jani
      I would always prefer they err on the side of caution.  Years ago a guy I worked with had shoulder surgery and never came out of the anesthesia.  He was young and healthy.  it was so sad.  We never know how our bodies will react to it.   You'll be fine and your day will come.    Jani
    • Jani
      Greetings!!  You're not alone on this journey.  I'm glad you joined us.    Jani
    • Amy LeBlanc
      Thank you very much.  I need to get my passport or update my BC cause I found out that the state of AZ when flying, the TSA will no longer accept our licenses next year and we will we need to use our passports for TSA or get a second special federal ID card to fly out of AZ.
    • Briana
      Hi Mickey,   I can certainly understand your frustration.   That has to be a total let-down.   Hopefully you can get things rescheduled quickly.    While you may have thought the swelling was "not that bad" in your legs, any swelling would be something to note and consider preop/pre-anesthesia.  While the anesthesiologist may have been overly cautious, he's also keeping your safety in mind.  Anesthesia can take a left turn very quickly.  People tend to think that surgery is very exciting as it's portrayed on TV - constant motion and drama.  Generally it's hours of routine boredom punctuated occasionally by a few moments of sheer terror.  That "terror" is generally when people have an unexpected bad reaction to the anesthesia.    Best of luck!  
    • CyndiRae
      The problem is mostly re-enforced with those suffering from conservatosis. Conservatosis is very hard to cure, steady doses of truth can help. Unfortunately we have a society that feeds on a conservative propaganda machine, and that helps keep the hate machine rolling.   It's a terrible condition of the mind, it starts when your always afraid, step out of line, the man comes and takes you away.
    • MaryMary
      that's a great article I think. That's good to have a fresh perspective (for me at least). It will maybe help me better deal with those people
    • CyndiRae
      Yes that sounds like it would work, there are certain words required on the letter from Dr, same requirements as SSA, stating you have completed the transition from M to F for example. I did mine 5 years ago, and since my previous passport was still valid in my old name/gender, I did not need to present a birth certificate to prove citizenship (that's what they really care about these days !).   C -
    • Amy LeBlanc
      Thank You CyndiRae.  Would my original Endocrinologist letter that I needed for the DMV and SS office work?     Lots of Love   Amy
    • CyndiRae
      This info sounds correct Amy for name change, there is a 2nd part of this and that is the gender change on the passport, I am assuming you want the "F" for "Federally Female 😃". That part requires a physician's letter.   Good luck   C -
  • Upcoming Events

×