Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Castle Church Faith Community in Apopka, FL. Castle Church is the first RIC community in the Orlando metro area.
Their welcome statement reads:
“People are people. God loves people. At Castle Church Faith Community, we await a time when saying this will be enough and no one group will have to be specified. But we also understand that more sometimes needs to be said in light of where the culture is at. While we try to be a “forward-thinking” group, the real reason why we unambiguously welcome and affirm our LGBTQ brothers and sisters does not have to do with some new understanding of our tradition but a very old one. We are rooted deeply in a tradition that starts at a tomb in Jerusalem, a tomb that was once sealed off like a dark, lonely closet […] For us to exclude anyone from this joyful movement because of the unique traits of their person, would be a vain effort to seal up the tomb again. We have no interest in doing that. The life, which is the source of all aliveness, cannot be put to death again.“