“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland)

“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland)
    Name: The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop and Executive for Worship Pronouns: (he/him/his) Location: Chicago, IL     Scripture: Psalm 31:11-12 NRSV I am the scorn of my enemies, a disgrace to my neighbors, a dismay to my acquaintances; when they see me in the street they avoid me. Like the dead I am forgotten, out of my mind; I am as useless as a broken pot. Devotional: TO PONDER “Come, O Christ, among the ashes, come to wipe our tears a...
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“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Sister Liz Colver)

“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Sister Liz Colver)
    Name: Sister Liz Colver - Director of Vocation and Education for the Deaconess Community of the ELCA Pronouns: (she/her/hers) Location: Seattle, WA     Scripture: Mark 12:28-31b The Inclusive Bible Translation “Which commandment is the first of all?’"Jesus answered, "The first is ‘hear oh Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your stren...
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A New RIC Community: Embrace Ministries at Capital University (Columbus, OH)

A New RIC Community: Embrace Ministries at Capital University (Columbus, OH)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Embrace Ministries at Capital University (Columbus, OH). Their welcome statement reads: "Embrace Ministries celebrates that every individual person uniquely embodies the image of God. We affirm members of any sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, ability, and background. Inspired by the unconditional love of God in Jesus Christ, we hear the call of the Spirit t...
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A New RIC Community: Redeemer Lutheran Church (Hinsdale, IL)

A New RIC Community: Redeemer Lutheran Church (Hinsdale, IL)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Redeemer Lutheran Church (Hinsdale, IL). Their welcome statement reads: "Made one in Christ Jesus, we, the members of Redeemer Lutheran Church seek to celebrate diversity and welcome all to fully participate in our community. We are imperfect people who have been saved by grace and we seek to continue Luther’s reformation in ourselves. We welcome you who have been ignored, rejected, or marginalized by the chur...
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“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Matt O’Rear)

“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Matt O’Rear)
Name: Matt O'Rear Pronouns: (he/him/his) Location: Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA; Theologian in Residence, Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, New York, NY Scripture: Gensis 32:22-31 NRSV The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. And Jacob was left alone, and a man w...
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NEW Scripture Resource!

New Scripture Resource on Sexuality & Gender! Over the past several years we, as Christians and as Lutherans, have had many conversations about sexuality. Our denomination offered the Statement on Human Sexuality in 2009, specifically addressing same-gender relationships, and this has moved some of us further towards affirmation of our LGBTQ+ siblings. More recently we've begun having productive conversations about the inclusion of people of diverse gender identities in our churches and in ...
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A New RIC Community: Lutheran Church of Our Savior (Patchogue, NY)

A New RIC Community: Lutheran Church of Our Savior (Patchogue, NY)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Lutheran Church of Our Savior (Patchogue, NY). Their welcome statement reads: "Lutheran Church of Our Savior is a congregation with a big heart. We all know how difficult it is to be new, but we want you to know that no matter who you are or where you find yourself in life, you are invited to join us for worship and fellowship. Come to hear God's Word, share in the Sacraments and discover new ways to reach o...
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A New RIC Community: Central Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN)

A New RIC Community: Central Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Central Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN). Their welcome statement reads: "YOU ARE WELCOME. NO EXCEPTIONS. Central Lutheran Church experiences God’s expansive love and strives to share it abundantly. We affirm all people without regard to age, race, biological sex, housing status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, immigration, refugee or migration status, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, and phy...
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A New RIC Community: First Lutheran Church (Lone Rock, WI)

A New RIC Community: First Lutheran Church (Lone Rock, WI)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: First Lutheran Church (Lone Rock, WI). Their welcome statement reads: "ALL people are welcome at First Lutheran, with no exceptions. We thank God for the gift of diversity, and we welcome people of every nationality, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, language, socioeconomic status, level of physical or mental ability, religious identity, and life experience. We ask God to help and guid...
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A New RIC Community: St. John’s Lutheran Church (Brooklyn, NY)

A New RIC Community: St. John’s Lutheran Church (Brooklyn, NY)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: St. John's Lutheran Church (Brooklyn, NY). Their welcome statement reads: "Because we are loved by Jesus, the members of St. John's Lutheran Church declare explicitly, publicly and joyfully that all people are made in the image and likeness of God, and that God has made us siblings in Christ. Therefore, we join a long and ongoing movement of faith communities to state we are a Reconciling in Christ congregation, ...
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