Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Resources
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster which now exceeds 600 settings. Most groups start the process of consideration by engaging in a study program or series of educational meetings. Hearing the experiences of LGBT people and their families often creates greater understanding and insights. Here are additional resources as you journey as a community:
- Reconciling in Christ Frequently Asked Questions
- "We're already welcoming! Why do we need to be RIC?"
- "Lutheran Introduction To Our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Queer Neighbors"
- "You're RIC! Now what?"
- Sample Affirmation Statements
- Clunky Questions: LGBTQ Lutherans and Pastors Answer Common Questions In our work, we often hear people with good intentions feel they aren't able to ask questions about what it means to be LGBTQ because they are afraid of offending someone or they don't have the right words with which to ask. If this sounds familiar, or if your faith community is interested in how to better support LGBTQ Lutherans, then the "Clunky Questions" series is for you.
- Enrich and Transform: Welcoming LGBTQ Candidates into the Call Process This guide is offered by our partners at Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) in response to congregations and synods who have asked for resources to help open their doors more widely to the gifts of LGBTQ leaders in our church.
- Prayers of the People For LGBTQ Pride Season Consider adding these prayers to your congregation's "prayers of the people" during Pride Month. Thank you to Rev. Ellen Taube, Board of Directors Chaplain for writing these words.
- Pride Guide for Reconciling in Christ communities Although Pride participation is not a requirement to becoming a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community, it can be an effective form of outreach to the LGBTQ community. Marching in a Pride parade or hosting a booth at a Pride festival can be an incredibly powerful experience for both the LGBTQ participants as well as members of your community. Whether you are a first time Pride attendee or a seasoned veteran, this new resource will give you a quick glimpse at the background of LGBTQ Pride events as well as "pro tips" from RIC congregations that employ Pride as part of their ministry and witness.
Beginning the journey:
Start with a wonderful free resource called “Building an Inclusive Church: a Welcoming Toolkit.” Drawing upon over thirty years of experience within a variety of Christian denominations, this toolkit is a step-by-step guide to help facilitate a Welcoming Process in your local congregation. Biblically and theologically based, it uses tools of relational organizing, congregational assessment, conflict management, and change theory. Visit our resources page for other free educational resources to accompany your community's journey.