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 (LGBT) people by having a statement affirming this welcome by specifically saying either, "LGBT" or "people of all sexual orientations and gender identities" in their statement, are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ list which now around 700 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.
Beginning the journey:
Visit the Institute for Welcoming Resources for 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.