A New RIC Community: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Durham, NC)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Durham, NC). Their welcome statement reads: "In celebrating the beauty and strength created through diversity, we welcome, value, and include all of God's children regardless of race, culture, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, appearance, or citizenship.​" Learn more about St. Paul's Lutheran Church at: www.stpaulsdurham.org
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“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals Of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Carla Christopher Wilson)

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Lancaster, PA Scripture   A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough. Galatians 5:9 NRSV Devotional I once said "Being Black, LGBTQIA+, and ELCA is the only time in my life I've ever been part of the 1%!" Spoken with humor, it is nevertheless my reality. I walk into space after space and experience a sea of faces who do not look like me, hear voices that do not speak like mine, and sit in worship rich with cultural traditions that are lovel...
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A New RIC Community: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (Richardson, TX)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: St. Luke's Lutheran Church (Richardson, TX). Their welcome statement reads: "Our worship is traditional, honoring the words and the meal that have always united us throughout time. Our words are today's words. We hear how God speaks to us in our present reality and how God calls us to be in the world today. You are joyously welcomed into full and equal participation at St. Luke's, regardless of ethnic origin,...
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A New RIC Community: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Lawrence, KS)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Lawrence, KS). Their welcome statement reads: "Wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are welcome at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (ELCA). We joyously affirm people of all walks of life and invite full participation in the life of the church. No matter where you are from or how you identify we invite you as you are to walk with us as we humbly strive to follow C...
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A New RIC Community: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Saratoga, CA)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Saratoga, CA). Their welcome statement reads: "We mean "ALL are Welcome!" We believe the gospel is God's unconditional gift for everyone. We believe in the full participation of all people in our church community without regard to socioeconomic, family, or immigration status, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, previous faith or life experiences, physical or men...
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“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Tim Feiertag)

Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church Everett, WA Scripture   Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish: ‘I called out to the Lord in my distress, and he answered me.  From the belly of the underworld I cried out for help; you have heard my voice. Jonah 2:1-2, Common English Bible Translation Devotional The book of Jonah only makes two appearances in our 3-year lectionary cycle, neither of which is in the Lenten season.  But the book feels appropriate to me for Lenten...
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A New RIC Community: Faith Lutheran Church (Seattle, WA)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Faith Lutheran Church (Seattle, WA). Their welcome statement reads: "We are an intentionally inclusive community proclaiming a warm welcome to people of every race, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, age and ability into all aspects of our church life. We invite you to participate in our vibrant ministry of worship, education, fellowship and service. Whether you are visiting for the first t...
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A New RIC Community: Christ Lutheran Church (Mililani, HI)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Christ Lutheran Church (Mililani, HI). Their welcome statement reads: "You are welcome at the table found at Christ Lutheran Church. Welcome to those of you who come bearing diverse gifts including wisdom regarding sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Welcome to all of you for your diverse colors, shapes, cultures, backgrounds, and traditions. Welcome to those of you born here and to...
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“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Tobi Fleck)

Greensboro, NC Awaiting Call Scripture But now, Leah and Rachel and Jacob, hear the word of YHWH- the One who created you, the One who fashioned you, Israel; Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the seas, I will be with you; when you pass over the rivers, you will not drown. Walk through fire, and you will not be singed; walk through flames and you will not be burned. I am YHWH, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your del...
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A New RIC Community: Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School (Chicago, IL)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School (Chicago, IL). Their welcome statement reads: "YOU ARE WELCOME HERE! In response to God’s unconditional love for all, Pilgrim welcomes all people. We welcome people from every religious tradition and no religious tradition. We welcome believers and questioners, and questioning believers. We welcome people of every age and size, color and culture, every socio-economic, ...
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