“Dear Transgender Siblings, You Are God’s Beloved”

ReconcilingWorks' celebration of the 750th Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community comes in the midst of this morning's announcement to discriminate against transgender people by banning them from serving in the military. As transphobia increases at the local, state, and federal level, your faith community's voice is needed to speak a truth of love and inclusion. It is holy work for Lutheran communities to make a public commitment to see, name, and care for LGBTQIA+ people and their families. ...
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The 750th RIC Community: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (Indianapolis, IN)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome and celebrate the 750th Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (Indianapolis, IN). Their welcome statement reads: "Our Redeemer Lutheran Church has committed to being a Reconciling in Christ congregation. We all are one in the body of Christ. None of us is greater or lesser in the eyes of God. You are welcome, whoever you are: queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and straight; rich and poor; transgender and cisgender; young and old; th...
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A New RIC Community: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (Woburn, MA)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (Woburn, MA). Their welcome statement reads: "Living out the unconditional love of God, in Christ, we the people of Redeemer welcome you. We honor you, and all that makes you who you are: your sexual orientation, your gender identity, your race, your ethnicity, your age, your physical or mental challenges, your financial resources, your family circumstances." Learn more about ...
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A New RIC Community: Our Third Space (Gresham, OR)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Our Third Space (Gresham, OR). Their welcome statement reads: “All Are Welcome! If you are Asian, Hispanic, Black or White… If you are male or female or transgender.... If you are three days old, 30 years old, or 103 years old… If you’ve never stepped foot in a church; or if you are Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, agnostic, or are a lifelong Lutheran… If you are single, partnered, marri...
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2017 WELCA Triennial Gathering

There are few things that compare to being surrounded by 3,000 faithful women of the ELCA. Over the weekend ReconcilingWorks was blessed to host a booth at the Women of the ELCA's Tenth Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis, MN. Executive Director, Aubrey Thonvold, and Annual Fund Director, Ryan Muralt, shared in conversation, gave away hundreds of resources, and gathered support for LGBTQ youth who will be attending the National Youth Gathering in 2018. “My heart is bursting with love for t...
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Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill (Saint Paul, MN)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill (Saint Paul, MN). Their welcome statement reads: “Our mission statement describes our congregational identity as a 'diverse people brought together by the grace of God.' That identity is inclusive of all people – of every race, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental ability, socio-economic status, famil...
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A New RIC Community: Christ the King Lutheran Church (Nashua, NH)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Christ the King Lutheran Church (Nashua, NH). Their welcome statement reads: “We are a diverse, caring, open, and affirming community composed of people of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities united in Christ. We ask questions, grow, pray, laugh, cry, make music, and break bread together. Wherever you are on your journey, we invite you to join us in the mission we s...
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A New RIC Community: Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (Seattle, WA)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (Seattle, WA). Their welcome statement reads: “As people made one in the waters of baptism, we believe our lives and faith are strengthened by diversity. We strive to be a community that welcomes people of every ability, age, citizenship status, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, language, life circumstance, marital status, political perspective, race, and sexual orientat...
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A New RIC Community: Emanuel Lutheran Church (Dallas, TX)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Emanuel Lutheran Church (Dallas, TX). Their welcome statement reads: “We, as members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas welcome all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, country of origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or menta...
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