FAITH IN FULL COLOR
The church hasn't always - in fact has most often not - been great to LGBTQIA2S+ people, but this doesn't mean that queer folk stopped believing or failed to have faith. Really, it's often the queer community that shows faith against insurmountable odds. Technicolor Ministries is here to support LGBTQIA2S+ people and allies in their existing congregations, as well as those who have no affiliation with a church, to advance the understanding of queer folk in the church through education, and to create local communities to share in prayer, worship, and support.
WHO WE ARE
A mission development ( a fancy term for "new church") of the Southwestern Texas Synod, ELCA for the LGBTQIA2S+ community and those that love them. You're welcome if you're not part of any church. You're welcome if you're part of another church. You're welcome if you're Lutheran or not. Heck, you're welcome if you're still figuring out what you believe. We're here to support the spiritual needs of LGBTQIA2S+ people and those that love them.
What We Believe
We believe that LGBTQIA2S+ people are made in the image of God, that no part of us is a mistake, and that God plans for people to grow and transform in their self-understanding over time, coming to rest in the beautiful reality of their full selves.
We believe that LGBTQIA2S+ people, their family, and their allies should be able to exist as whole and integrated people in the church. We recognize that in many places this is not a reality. We pray for and work towards a world where this reality is so plainly true that it goes unquestioned and unchallenged.
We believe that LGBTQIA2S+ people should be able to lead in the church, whether as lay people or clergy. We believe that God's calling does not discriminate on the basis of gender or sexual orientation.
We believe that God wants us to love people, all people. We also believe that there are many marginalized peoples for whom life in the United States and in Texas is more difficult; trans people, migrants and asylum seekers, and so many more. We believe that God calls us to pour out an extra measure of love for those who suffer, no matter their demographics.
As a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we hold to our denomination's convictions as stated in our Social Statements and Social Messages, and find our theological foundations in Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions, and the Apostle's, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds.
SUPPORT & ACCOMPANIMENT
We know that our churches are not always equipped to offer informed pastoral care to LGBTQIA2s+ people. This is something that needs to change and until it does, Technicolor Ministries is here to support every LGBTQIA2S+ person and ally in need. We even support clergy as they grow in their ministry and become better informed about ways to care for our community. All of this happens through different online groups, meetups, and more.
EDUCATION & ALLYSHIP
We love being able to care for people through support and accompaniment, we also hope that one day there's no need for it. Because of this, Technicolor works to educate pastors, congregations, and individuals about LGBTQIA2S+ matters so that they become the best allies they can be.
LEADERS & LOCAL EXPRESSIONS
Part of changing the culture around us is raising up communities and leaders. As we get to know one another through accompaniment and education, we'll build online and local communities, encourage local leaders and see how we can spend some time with one another face-to-face in addition to online.
Rev. Katy Miles-Wallace (they/them) is from South-Central Texas, having grown up on the I-35 corridor north of San Antonio and then settling in Seguin. They attended Texas Lutheran University and attained a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Marketing prior to attending Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary for their Master of Divinity.
Katy and their wife Jessica have studied abroad in England, lived in Berkeley, California and Dublin/Hilliard, Ohio, and now live in Seguin, Texas with their dog and cat.