Reparative therapy flashback, a staff reflection from Churchwide Assembly

Reparative therapy flashback, a staff reflection from Churchwide Assembly
Over the past three years I have had the privilege of working for welcome, inclusion, and celebration of LGBTQ people in our Lutheran church as a ReconcilingWorks staff person. So I was understandably excited to attend the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans this August. It felt affirming to gather with over a thousand Lutherans from across the map–many of which wore ReconcilingWorks rainbow heart buttons to signify their support for LGBTQ people. It was encouraging to hear Reconci...
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A new RIC community: The ELCA Deaconess Community

A new RIC community: The ELCA Deaconess Community
It is with great JOY ReconcilingWorks welcomes its newest Reconciling in Christ community, The Deaconess Community of the ELCA/ELCIC! The following statement was presented and approved by the 2016 assembly: "The Deaconess Community of the ELCA/ELCIC, compelled by the love of Christ and sustained by community, recognizes and affirms the beauty of the diversity of God’s image reflected in humanity. We seek to be a community that is diverse in age and body type, cultural and socioeconomic backgrou...
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Churchwide Assembly 2016 Recap

Churchwide Assembly 2016 Recap
At the 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly, ReconcilingWorks was a noticeable presence.   Beginning of each day, LGBTQ people and allies gathered in prayer lead by an LGBTQ person or ally to affirm the gift of those in the margins, bring to the ELCA. Watch videos of these prayers here: https://www.facebook.com/ReconcilingWorks/videos.  Wednesday, August 10, ReconcilingWorks partnered with Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries to host a reception and working gathering...
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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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