A new RIC community: Normandale Lutheran Church (Edina, MN)

A new RIC community: Normandale Lutheran Church (Edina, MN)
ReconcilingWorks is proud to present our newest RIC community: Normandale Lutheran Church in Edina, Minnesota! Their welcome statement reads: "Normandale Lutheran Church is called to the ministry of reconciliation. We welcome and affirm our human family’s diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, socioeconomic status, physical and mental ability. We embrace this diversity as a gift from God. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God...
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A new RIC community: St. Paul Lutheran Church (Lodi, CA)

A new RIC community: St. Paul Lutheran Church (Lodi, CA)
ReconcilingWorks is proud to present our newest RIC community: St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lodi, California! Their welcome statement reads: "Welcome to St. Paul’s Holy Communion worship. We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, filthy rich, comfortable, or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers. We welcome you whether you can sing like Pa...
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A new RIC community: Kingo Lutheran Church (Shorewood, WI)

A new RIC community: Kingo Lutheran Church (Shorewood, WI)
ReconcilingWorks is proud to present our newest RIC community: Kingo Lutheran Church in Shorewood, WI! Their welcome statement reads: "At Kingo Lutheran Church, we believe that God loves and forgives us unconditionally. This gift of grace inspires us to share God's love with others. We strive to welcome and support all individuals regardless of race, sex, socioeconomic class, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical and mental ability, and political affilia...
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A new RIC community: Todos Los Santos (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

A new RIC community: Todos Los Santos (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
ReconcilingWorks is proud to present our newest RIC community: Todos Los Santos in Fort Lauderdale, FL! Their welcome statement (in English and Spanish) reads: "The Lutheran community of Todos los Santos, Welcomes Everyone! Recognizing that we are part of one body, the Body of Christ. We welcome and receive EVERYONE with hospitality. So you are welcome here! No matter where you come from, language, your skin color, condition, status, gender, sexual preference, background, creed, believe or re...
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ReconcilingWorks staff to attend 21st International HIV/AIDS Conference

ReconcilingWorks staff to attend 21st International HIV/AIDS Conference
"Globally, the AIDS pandemic is a human crisis of unprecedented scope." So goes the introduction to the ELCA Strategy on HIV and AIDS. The strategy calls for a coalition of faith communities and organizations to be “active in open and moral deliberation” about how to respond locally, nationally and globally to this pandemic.On July 15-23 I will travel with the ELCA Lutheran Office of World Relation, the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission, the ELCA Strategy on HIV/AIDS and the Lutheran World Fed...
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A new RIC community: St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church (Sudbury, MA)

A new RIC community: St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church (Sudbury, MA)
ReconcilingWorks is proud to present our newest RIC community: St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sudbury, Massachusetts! Their welcome statement reads: “Welcome one another therefore, just as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7 The congregation of St John declares itself an open and affirming faith community and invites all people to join our journey toward greater love, acceptance, and mutual respect. Christ calls us to reconciliation and wholeness and challenges us...
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Bishop Richard Jaech, Southwestern Washington Synod, ELCA: “As long as jury ‘out,’ LGBTQ community cannot feel safely ‘in’.”

Bishop Richard Jaech, Southwestern Washington Synod, ELCA: “As long as jury ‘out,’ LGBTQ community cannot feel safely ‘in’.”
ReconcilingWorks thanks the Rev. Richard Jaech, Bishop of the Southwestern Washington Synod, ELCA, for this pastoral letter comforting the LGBTQ community and challenging the church to be more intentional and courageous in its welcome to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Dear Friends in Christ, Two weeks have passed since the horrible shootings at the Pulse Orlando Bar, and I continue to process the grief and pain of the event. In such tragedies, the pain increases as ...
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A new RIC community: Lutheran Campus Ministry of Winona, MN

A new RIC community: Lutheran Campus Ministry of Winona, MN
ReconcilingWorks is proud to present our newest RIC community: Lutheran Campus Ministry of Winona, Minnesota! Their welcome statement reads: "All are welcome here at the LCC. {Full stop.} If you're wondering exactly what that means...regardless of race, socioeconomic status, abilities, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, hometown, major, or if you say "pop" or soda"... As it says on our bathroom doors: "There is no longer Jew nor Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no l...
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A new RIC community: Trinity Lutheran Church (Pembroke Pines, FL)

A new RIC community: Trinity Lutheran Church (Pembroke Pines, FL)
ReconcilingWorks is proud to present our newest RIC community: Trinity Lutheran Church in Pembroke Pines, Florida! Their welcome statement reads: "Who is welcome here at TLC? EVERYONE! At Trinity Lutheran we practice radical hospitality…so If you are Native American, Asian, Hispanic, Black, White, Bi-Racial or Multi-Racial... If you are three days old, 30 years old, or 103 years old... If you’ve never stepped foot in a church; or if you are Catholic or Prostestant, Buddhist or Jain, Jewish or...
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A new RIC community: Advent Lutheran Church (Mill Creek, WA)

A new RIC community: Advent Lutheran Church (Mill Creek, WA)
ReconcilingWorks is proud to present our newest RIC community: Advent Lutheran Church in Mill Creek, Washington! Their welcome statement reads: "We extend our welcome to people of all races, cultures and colors; to people of all sexual orientation, gender and gender identity; to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities; to people of every legal economic and marital status; and to all those whom the world seeks to separate, divide or isolate. We celebrate your identity as a gift from God,...
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