Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community.
In relationship built through outreach and education ReconcilingWorks shares 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.
We are Lutherans working with the recognition that racism, sexism, ageism, able-ism, heterosexism, homophobia—and all the other artificial distinctions seek to raise one group into privilege and preference over another—conspire together to diminish our world and church.
Reconciliation is a fundamental value; it is what the Apostle Paul says we are all called to do. Through our Reconciling in Christ Program, ministries, resources, events and alliances, ReconcilingWorks builds community for worship, education and support; fosters welcome and acceptance in all Lutheran settings; advocate for the ecclesial changes necessary to ensure full participation in all sacraments, and ministries of the Church, inviting all people into Gospel lives of authenticity, integrity, wholeness, and inclusive liturgical resources.
An independent, Lutheran, membership-supported organization, ReconcilingWorks is committed to strengthen all of God’s beloved for authentic, visible, faithful lives and to work for systemic change within the church and society.
We believe reconciling works, for the sake of the world.
Our Vision for the Church
Freed by God’s grace, the body of Christ on earth leads a joyous dance of transformation, integrating sexuality and spirituality, justice and mercy. Through continuous reformation, the Church embraces in holiness and into wholeness people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, strengthening us for authentic, visible, faithful lives. Dedicated to radical reconciliation, the Church falls into the heart of God’s passionate intent, co-creating a world without outcasts, calling all to serve as guests and hosts at God’s table of blessing and power.
Working at the intersection of oppressions, ReconcilingWorks embodies, inspires, advocates and organizes for the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners.
We believe that God values and embraces each person as a beloved child, that the Spirit gives a diversity of gifts for the common good, and that Jesus Christ calls us to work for justice. The ministries of ReconcilingWorks embody, inspire, and support the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, their families, friends and allies, within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners.
ReconcilingWorks respects and honors the need of some for safe space and sanctuary due to fear of oppression for who they are or because of whom they love. Those subscribing to ReconcilingWorks publications, asking for information, or joining ReconcilingWorks have the option to have ReconcilingWorks honors this need. Some activities conducted by or participated in by ReconcilingWorks are by their nature public; individuals should judge for themselves whether or not to participate in those activities.