The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, has been designated as Reconciling in Christ (RIC). Gettysburg joins Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, the Lutheran School of Theology Chicago, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, as the fourth ELCA seminary to become RIC.
This means half of all ELCA seminaries are now RIC!
More information will come in the next Concord newsletter. Also, see the seminary’s news release here: http://www.ltsg.edu/about-us/news/2015/reconciling-in-christ
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 (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. RIC recognizes Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender believers. The complete Reconciling in Christ Roster now exceeds 600 settings, including congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other organizations.
Reconciling Lutherans is a program of ReconcilingWorks for individuals. We invite all Lutherans to publicly witness to their call for a church and world that welcome and include all: People of every age, class, color, 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 already a member of ReconcilingWorks and even if you are a member of a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Congregation.