Reconciling in Christ
A program of Reconciling Works
ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations.
We provide a place of comfort and safety. We reach out to teach that Christ's message, the Gospel, is for everyone equally. We advocate for systemic change in policy and practice in church and society, working to alleviate not only the painful symptoms of oppression but also to eliminate its root causes.
The Reconciling in Christ Program
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program recognizes Lutheran congregations that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) believers. The complete Reconciling in Christ Roster now exceeds 450 settings, including congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other organizations.
Trinity is a Reconciling in Christ congregation
All people are welcome here. Why do we single out lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people with a special welcome?
The RIC Program doesn't seek special treatment for LGBT people. The reality is, however, that we live in a time where the voices of fear and misunderstanding often dominate the public discussion about sexuality. Tragically, these fearful voices are often all that are heard”and are sometimes taken to be definitive of what it means to be Christian. In fact, Lutherans Concerned continues to learn of Lutheran churches that shun LGBT people. Sometimes, even parents and other family of LGBT people are vilified.
As a result, it is assumed by many LGBT people that they are not welcome in any church unless told otherwise. Since even a general statement of welcome is heard as really meaning "everybody but me," it takes a special effort to communicate that a congregation is sincere in its welcome. The RIC Program seeks to make clearer the policy of congregations, synods, and other organizations where all people are welcome as fully participating members, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or that of their children, siblings, and friends.
What is the Affirmation of Welcome?
The Affirmation of Welcome is central to the RIC program. It is simple, yet powerful in its witness. Any Lutheran group that adopts a statement that includes the naming of LGBT people as welcome to full participation is eligible to be designated as Reconciling in Christ after review by Lutherans Concerned. Making the Affirmation promotes a publicly inclusive ministry and helps heal the pain of doubt.
Reconciling Lutherans is a program of Lutherans Concerned / North America (LC/NA) inviting all Lutherans to publicly witness to their call for a church and world that welcome and include all:
People of every age, class, color, and ethnic origin¦.
People of all sexual orientations and gender identities¦.
People who are single, married, divorced, separated, blessed or partnered¦.
People who are temporarily-able, disabled, or of differing abilities¦.
Please sign up ¦ even if you are a member of LC/NA!
¦ even if you are a member of a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Congregation.
Each name added to this public roster of Reconciling Lutherans will strengthen the call to the church to become truly welcoming and inclusive. By revealing the true depth and breadth of support for change, the Reconciling Lutherans roster will give courage to all members and leaders, bringing closer the day when all are truly welcome.
Reconciling Lutherans is to individuals what RIC is to congregations: it is an affirmation of welcome. Whether you are a member of an RIC congregation or not, it is important for your voice to be heard as a Reconciling Lutheran.
This list is posted here and will be updated frequently. Additionally, we will look for other opportunities to share the list with the wider church and society, so that your voices may speak more broadly and deeply.
Becoming a Reconciling Lutheran is easy and does not cost you a penny. You do not need to become a member of LC/NA to be added to the roster of Reconciling Lutherans. All you need to do is sign the Covenant of Welcome, affirming your commitment to encourage the Lutheran church to extend a genuine invitation for full acceptance and inclusion to all people.
Please read and agree to the Reconciling Lutherans Covenant.