Total Inclusion! Widening the Welcome at ELCA Outdoor Ministries is a collaborative effort of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) churchwide organization and the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries network (LOM). Total Inclusion! is an opportunity to inspire, educate and provide resources to LOM organizations as they move toward a wider and more intentional inclusion of people who historically have been marginalized in the church — especially people of color, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQIA+.
Through Total Inclusion!, LOM and the ELCA will award grants to LOM organizations that demonstrate the will, capacity and vision to better include, serve, develop and uplift leadership of participants living with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ participants and participants of color. Grant cycles will begin in 2021 following an education and strategic-planning phase designed to prepare LOM organizations to implement this work.
Intentional welcome and inclusivity is a stated priority for the ELCA, as expressed in our strategic framework, ELCA Future Directions 2025. Through the five goals outlined in this framework, the church has committed to equipping church members to confront racism, discrimination, sexism, homophobia and other divisions; providing an authentic welcome to all; and embracing differences as opportunities to learn about and appreciate God’s beloved and diverse creation. Total Inclusion! is a step on our journey to becoming the church God is calling us to be.
This page will be updated with additional information on educational opportunities, calendar dates and grant applications as they become available. In the meantime, please explore the resources below to learn more about this initiative.