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About ReconcilingWorks

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ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations.

We provide a place of comfort and safety. We reach out to teach that Christ's message, the Gospel, is for everyone equally. We advocate for systemic change in policy and practice in church and society, working to alleviate not only the painful symptoms of oppression but also to eliminate its root causes.

We are Lutherans working with the recognition that racism, sexism, ageism, able-ism, heterosexism, homophobia—and all the other artificial distinctions that seek to raise one group into privilege and preference over another—conspire together to diminish our world and church.

Reconciliation is what we do; it is what the Apostle Paul says we are all called to do. Reconciling prevents disagreements from growing into permanent separation. We are not only Lutherans concerned about the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; we are Lutherans working for the full participation of all through a ministry of reconciliation.

Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks has ministered to thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and heterosexual persons seeking to affirm both their faith and sexuality. An independent, Lutheran, membership-supported organization, ReconcilingWorks is committed to strengthen all of God’s people for authentic, visible, faithful lives and to work for systemic change within the church and world.

We believe reconciling works . . . for the sake of the world.

Our Vision for the Church

Freed by God's grace, the body of Christ on earth leads a joyous dance of transformation, integrating sexuality and spirituality, justice and mercy. Through continuous reformation, the Church embraces in holiness and into wholeness people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, strengthening us for authentic, visible, faithful lives. Dedicated to radical reconciliation, the Church falls into the heart of God's passionate intent, co-creating a world without outcasts, calling all to serve as guests and hosts at God's table of blessing and power.

Our Mission

Working at the intersection of oppressions, ReconcilingWorks embodies, inspires, advocates and organizes for the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners.

Our Values

We believe that God values and embraces each person as a beloved child, that the Spirit gives a diversity of gifts for the common good, and that Jesus Christ calls us to work for justice. The ministries of ReconcilingWorks embody, inspire, and support the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, their families, friends and allies, within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners.

Through our Reconciling in Christ Program, ministries, resources, events and alliances, ReconcilingWorks builds community for worship, education and support; fosters welcome and acceptance in all Lutheran settings; advocates for the ecclesial changes necessary to ensure full participation in all rites, sacraments, and ministries of the Church; and invites all people into Gospel lives of authenticity, integrity and wholeness.

Statement of Sanctuary

ReconcilingWorks respects and honors the need of some for safe space and sanctuary due to fear of oppression for who they are or because of whom they love.

Those subscribing to ReconcilingWorks publications, asking for information, or joining ReconcilingWorks are assured that ReconcilingWorks honors this need.

Some activities conducted by or participated in by ReconcilingWorks are by their nature public; individuals should judge for themselves whether or not to participate in those activities.

“In the shelter of your presence you hide them from human plots; you hold them safe under your shelter from contentious tongues.” (Psalm 31:20 NRSV)