Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Extraordinary Callings: Holy & Queer Resistance in the Lutheran Church

Exhibit open to the public March 25th- July 22nd, 2019

Opening celebration in the Bade Museum gallery on March 14th at 5:30pm. Hosted by Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) and the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS) at the Pacific School of Religion.

Extraordinary Callings revolves around stories of individuals whose seminary training and ordained ministries in the Lutheran tradition have been supported by Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries  and its predecessor organizations from the 1980s to today. Founded in 2007, ELM “affirms and supports LGBTQIA+ Lutheran rostered leaders and those preparing for rostered leadership while engaging allied congregations and ministries to proclaim God’s love and seek justice for all.”  This story begins in the early 1990s when two San Francisco congregations extended calls to openly gay and lesbian pastors, in violation of church policy.  This story continues in the ministries of many others who have realized their calls through the support of ELM.


Hospitality in the Ancient Near East

Hospitality in the Near East showcases artifacts from Tell en-Nasbeh that illustrate the importance of hospitality in an ancient Israelite town. Themes such as gift giving and trading precious items from neighboring cultures, sharing elaborate meals between family and visitors, and the welcoming act of foot-washing are highlighted. In today’s world, with so many displaced people seeking refuge, there are relevant lessons we can learn from these ancient cultures which valued hospitality so highly.