Reconciling in Christ is a program for Lutheran communities of faith to answer the inclusive call of the gospel by welcoming gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender believers. In short, it means that ALL are truly welcome here…gay, straight or any point in between.
In 1984 Reconciling Works started the Reconciling in Christ program to recognize Lutheran congregations which welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender believers. The Reconciled in Christ roster has grown at an accelerated pace in recent years, since exceeding 250 Lutheran congregations in the U.S. and Canada. The program has also expanded to include 21 synods (ELCA) and other Lutheran organizations, such as the Lutheran Student Movement – USA.
All people are welcome here. Why should we single out gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people? The Reconciling in Christ program doesn’t seek special treatment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The reality is, however, that we live in a time where the voices of fear and ignorance dominate the public discussion on human sexuality issues in our society. Most often these judgmental voices of irrational fear are all that is heard. In fact, Reconciling Works continues to learn of Lutheran churches that shun gay and lesbian people. Sometimes their parents and family are even vilified and attacked by church members.
As a result, it is assumed by most gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people that they are not welcome in any church unless told otherwise. Even a general statement of welcome is heard as really meaning “everybody but me.” The RIC program seeks to make clearer the policy of churches where all people are welcome as full members, regardless of their sexual orientations and gender identities or that of their children.
For additional information about the Reconciling in Christ program, please visit their website at http://www.reconcilingworks.org/