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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Garcia (she/her/hers) self-identifies as an out and proud transgender Latina of
faith. Nicole has a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of
Colorado Denver and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is a gender
specialist in private practice.
Nicole is a Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America. Nicole is pursuing a Master of Divinity through a
Distributed Learning program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul MN. Nicole hopes to
earn her M. Div. and be approved for ordination in the fall of 2018.
Nicole has been featured in an article by the Religious News
Service which was picked up by The Huffington Post, Washington Post, and The
Christian Century. She was also interviewed for a podcast on Religion for Life.
Nicole has had recent articles posted in the New York Times and OnFaith by
faithstreet.com. Nicole has been a keynote speaker, facilitated workshops,
and/or participated in panels concerning gender identity and spirituality in
Boston, Charlotte, Duluth, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Nashville,
Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Paul, Washington D.C., and throughout the
state of Colorado.
Nicole credits the opportunities she has been given to pursue her
career as a gender specialist and as a Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the
ELCA to the people who blazed the trail for inclusion of the LGBT community in
the church and society.
Nicole was a member of the 2015 Trans Seminarian Cohort, a partnership between the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, the Freedom Center for Social Justice in Charlotte, NC, and the National LGBTQ Task Force.
Stole Number: 1232
Honoree(s): Nicole Garcia
Donor(s): Nicole Garcia
Geographical Designation: Longmont, CO / USA
Faith Tradition: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America / Roman Catholic Church
Donation Date: 2015