Marriage for all loving, committed couples is quickly becoming the reality in the ELCA. Over 75 percent of all ELCA members live in states that recognize the marriages of same-gender couples and are members of 49 synods. By June of this year, when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce a ruling, this percentage could be at 100.
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 550 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.