Happy Bi Visibility Day

Happy Bi Visibility Day
This week we received the below letter from a bisexual Lutheran pastor in the closet. It is a good reminder that bisexual identities are the most invisible in the LGBTQ community. After you read it, click the "Bi Visibility Day" image to the right and share on your facebook page to show support for this pastor and all people in your life who may identify as bisexual. Dear ReconcilingWorks, I want to tell you how important it is to me that you're celebrating Bisexual Visibility Week this week...
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Our Faith Affirms the Sanctity of Black Lives

Our Faith Affirms the Sanctity of Black Lives
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people come in all bodies. As a part of the ReconcilingWorks community, we asks you to be bold in your stance of caring for all of God’s Beloved know that acts of violence, killings, and mass shootings targeting people of color and the LGBTQ community must come to an end. ReconcilingWorks has joined with our ecumenical partners in ministry to craft this below letter. Join ReconcilingWorks in signing this letter in a cry of lament and c...
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Wartburg Passes LGBTQ Welcome; Becomes 6th ELCA RIC Seminary

Wartburg Passes LGBTQ Welcome; Becomes 6th ELCA RIC Seminary
Wartburg Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) located in Dubuque, Iowa, has been designated as Reconciling in Christ (RIC). In June, the institution’s board of directors acknowledged that “In service to the gospel of Jesus Christ for a world created for communion with God and in need of personal and social healing, WTS offers hospitality and welcome to all who participate in and support the seminary’s academic programs and worship-centered commun...
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Bi Visibility Week

Bi Visibility Week
Join ReconcilingWorks in celebrating Bisexual Visibility Week with us culminating in Bi Visibility Day September 23.  As Lutherans, we embrace paradox and give thanks that our "Both/And God" calls people of all sexual orientations and gender identities "Beloved!" Our identities are lived on continua, and we know we are more than a single story. Harmful stereotypes of bisexual people come from a lack of understanding, so it is our responsibility as people of faith to speak up when we hear ste...
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A New Reconciling in Christ Community: The Flame (Portland, OR)

A New Reconciling in Christ Community: The Flame (Portland, OR)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: The Flame in Portland, Oregon. Their welcome statement reads: "We are “The Flame”! With this playful name we embrace our LGBTQIA and ally identity, and also evoke images of faith and spiritual renewal. We are an alternative worshiping community, a little start-up church, where we gather, build relationships and community, and share our faith journeys. We celebrate that all gender identities, gender expression...
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A New RIC Community: St. James Lutheran Church (San Leandro, CA)

A New RIC Community: St. James Lutheran Church (San Leandro, CA)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: St. James Lutheran Church in San Leandro, California. Their welcome statement reads: "People of all gender identities and sexual orientations share the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God; • People of all gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome within the membership of this congregation upon making a common, public affirmation of faith; and • As members of this congregation...
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A New RIC Community: Table of Mercy (Austin, TX)

A New RIC Community: Table of Mercy (Austin, TX)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Table of Mercy in Austin, Texas. Their welcome statement reads: "Table of Mercy is committed to welcoming, including, and affirming all people in the life of our ministry together. Particularly, Table of Mercy affirms the worth of LGBTQIA individuals and works to continue being a place of welcome in a world where the church has often excluded our LGBTQIA siblings. We aren’t “the gay church” but we are committed t...
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A New RIC Community: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (Maple Valley, WA)

A New RIC Community: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (Maple Valley, WA)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Maple Valley, Washington. Their welcome statement reads: "We believe that God loves all people equally and that there is a place for you at God's table. You are welcome here at SVLC, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious background, life experience, complexities, or questions." Visit them online at http://www.svlccommunity.org/ and https...
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A new RIC community: Castle Church Faith Community (Apopka, FL)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Castle Church Faith Community in Apopka, FL. Castle Church is the first RIC community in the Orlando metro area. Their welcome statement reads: "People are people. God loves people. At Castle Church Faith Community, we await a time when saying this will be enough and no one group will have to be specified. But we also understand that more sometimes needs to be said in light of where the culture is at. While we ...
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ELCA Develops Supplemental Same-Gender Marriage Resource

ELCA Develops Supplemental Same-Gender Marriage Resource
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has developed supplemental resources for use within the Evangelical Lutheran Worship marriage service. ReconcilingWorks is thankful for the Rev. Kevin Strickland and his work to make sure these resources were created and provided for same-gender couples. “These supplemental resources have been created to offer more inclusivity in language, pastoral care, and openness for all persons who seek to be married within this church,” said the Rev...
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