RIC Seminaries, Universities, Colleges, and Campus Ministries

As students leave colleges, universities, and seminaries for the summer, ReconcilingWorks wants to take a moment and celebrate the witness higher education institutions have in our church. One of the ways these schools do this is by extending a specific welcome to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities with their status as a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community. This happens by including specific language: "gender identities and sexual orientations," LGBTQ, or LGBTQIA+, in t...
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A New RIC Community: Faith Lutheran Church (Okemos, MI)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community, Faith Lutheran Church in Okemos, MI. Their welcome statement reads: "We, at Faith Lutheran Church, welcome you as a child of God. As Paul said in his letter to the Galatians, "for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith." (Galatians 3:26) We strive to be a place where everyone is welcomed and affirmed. No matter your age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, marital status, ...
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A New RIC Community: Light of the Cross Lutheran Church (Bothell, WA)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Light of the Cross Lutheran Church (Bothell, WA). Their welcome statement reads: "We, as Light of the Cross Lutheran Church, united in Christ, welcome you into the fullness of God's love. We invite people of all: Sexual orientations Gender identities and expressions Races National origins Immigration statuses Ages Physical and mental abilities Life circumstances and Marital status...
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A New RIC Community: Zion Lutheran Church (Houston, TX)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Zion Lutheran Church (Houston, TX). Their welcome statement reads: All people are created in God’s image. God is love. Even so, the world is often unjust and unloving. At Zion Lutheran Church, our doors are open. Our hearts and minds are open too. Here, you are invited to fully join in worship, mission and service. We welcome you, without exception, regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender identity, race...
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A New RIC Community: Church of the Apostles (Seattle, WA)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Church of the Apostles (Seattle, WA). Their welcome statement reads: "Church of the Apostles is a congregation that embraces the diversity of human experience. We celebrate all cultural and racial identities. We honor and affirm all people’s expressions of their own gender identity and sexuality. We affirm and celebrate love between people. We believe that all humans embody divine image, are called to do divi...
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A New RIC Community: Messiah Lutheran Church (Harrisburg, PA)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Messiah Lutheran Church (Harrisburg, PA). Their welcome statement reads: "We at Messiah Lutheran Church, welcome ALL who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome ALL because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status. We welcome ALL without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances or anythi...
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A New RIC Community: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Buffalo, NY)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Buffalo, NY). Their welcome statement reads: "Holy Trinity Lutheran Church recognizes that each of us is a unique creation made in the image of God. We celebrate and give thanks for the many diverse gifts that God has bestowed on us. We proclaim ourselves to be an open and affirming congregation to all of God’s people; welcoming into our ministry persons of every race, culture, a...
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A New RIC Community: St. Stephen Lutheran (Bloomington, MN)

  Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: St. Stephen Lutheran Church (Bloomington, MN). Their welcome statement reads: "Who is welcome at St. Stephen Lutheran Church? We welcome all who are seeking God’s love and grace. It matters not if you: are Asian, Hispanic, Indigenous, Black or White, male or female... are three days old, 30 years old, or 103 years old... are uneducated, educated, or highly educated or over-educated… make six-figures...
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A New RIC Community: First Lutheran Church (Galesburg, IL)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: First Lutheran Church (Galesburg, IL). Their welcome statement reads: "As a community of the children of God, First Lutheran Church is called to serve and share the Good News of God’s Grace for all people. Throughout Scripture, Jesus exemplified this Grace by being radically, infinitely welcoming to cultural and religious outsiders, offering them dignity, compassion, and inclusion. Modeling the example of Jes...
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A New RIC Community: Epiphany Lutheran Church (Oviedo, FL)

Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Epiphany Lutheran Church (Oviedo, FL). Their welcome statement reads: “At Epiphany Lutheran Church we believe that God loves and forgives us completely. This gift of grace inspires us to share God’s love with others. We strive to follow the example of Christ, as we grow in love, and welcome into full participation persons of every race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic situation, phys...
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