Gender and Sexual Diversity
PLTS is proud to be Reconciling in Christ.
PLTS is a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). PLTS was the first seminary of the ELCA to become RIC. PLTS is committed to working toward equitable communities for gender and sexually diverse persons, including but not limited to, persons who identify as LGBTQQIA+, on campus, in our churches, and within society. Read our Reconciling in Christ Statement adopted April 24, 2009.
A variety of networks and communities exist on campus, in our churches, and within society to support gender and sexually diverse persons as students, staff, and faculty at PLTS as we study, work, have a life, prepare for and live out particular ministries, and have fun together!
PLTS is a participant in Safe Zone. The Safe Zone Allies are a network of PLTS and Cal Lutheran faculty, staff and students who are supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, queer, and questioning (LGBTIQQ) students and underrepresented cultural/racial and religious groups. Allies are individuals who are willing to provide a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for people on their campus from an underrepresented group.
As a graduate school of California Lutheran University, students, staff, and faculty have access to university resources. PLTS also maintains a growing list of academic resources. PLTS students can update your information to be called by your preferred name by completing this form and returning it to Student Affairs. PLTS students can change your legal name by providing two forms of identification and completing this form. This information should be turned in to Student Affairs.
Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) publishes a rich array of resources to advise and support potential and current LGBTQQIA+ candidates starting or continuing in the ELCA candidacy process. As part of ELM, Proclaim is a professional network of seminarians preparing for rostered learership and rostered leaders in the ELCA. If you have questions, need advice, and/or require support and advocacy, please do not hesitate to reach out to ELM staff; our PLTS ELM Seminary Advocate; and Student Affairs.
Students, staff, and faculty who identify as LGBTQIA+ are encouraged to use the Community Groups process to create a group or groups for relationship-building, networking, support, accompaniment, and advocacy, depending on the interests and needs of those involved.
PLTS maintains a listing of local networks and communities in the Bay Area that are available to provide support, education, nourishment, and community for our students, staff, and faculty.