A New RIC Community: Hope Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN)

A New RIC Community: Hope Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Hope Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN). Their welcome statement reads: "'There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.' Galatians 3:28 Hope Lutheran Church welcomes all people as children of God. We are called to be one body with many members. This body is inclusive of diversity in race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, phys...
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“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Micah Louwagie)

“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Micah Louwagie)
    Name: Micah Louwagie Pronouns: (they/them/their) Location: St. Paul, MN     Scripture: Ezekiel 37:4-10 NRSV   Then [God] said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you ...
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A New RIC Community: Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church (Garden City, SC)

A New RIC Community: Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church (Garden City, SC)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church (Garden City, SC). Their welcome statement reads: "At Shepherd of the Sea, we welcome everyone because God welcomes everyone… regardless of your ability, age, ethnicity, gender identity, life circumstances, marital status, race, or sexual orientation. Whether you are a Believer, Doubter or Seeker… Your Diversity and uniqueness are welcome. We turn away everyone that Jesus tu...
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“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotional of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Drew Stever)

    Name: Drew Stever Pronouns: (they/them/their, or he/him/his) Location: Los Angeles, CA     Scripture: Luke 2:1-12 NRSV In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because ...
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A New RIC Community: Peace in Christ Episcopal and Lutheran Ministry (Elizabeth, CO)

A New RIC Community: Peace in Christ Episcopal and Lutheran Ministry (Elizabeth, CO)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Peace in Christ Episcopal and Lutheran Ministry (Elizabeth, CO). Their welcome statement reads: "YOU ARE WELCOME HERE • if you are Episcopal, Lutheran, lapsed Catholic, a former Baptist, Evangelical, a “None,” have some doubts, are looking for a place to wonder. • if you are a student, a graduate, a drop out, went to Trade School, have a PhD, GED, or no ED at all. • if you are a feminist, womanist, masculinist...
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“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Zach Busch)

“My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Lenten Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans” (Zach Busch)
    Name: Zach Busch Pronouns: (he/him/his) Location: University Lutheran Church of Hope, Dinkytown - Minneapolis, MN     Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:7 NRSV To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. Devotional: As a musician for the church, I have infinitely marveled at the power and mystery of music. The ability of the heart to feel and know beauty is innate to all people without being taught. An infant child’s bright eyes li...
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A New RIC Community: Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Norwood, PA)

A New RIC Community: Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Norwood, PA)
Help ReconcilingWorks welcome the newest Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community: Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Norwood, PA). Their welcome statement reads: "As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Norwood, commits to celebrating the love of God with ALL people as we are all made in God’s image. Whatever your abilities, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship status, race, culture, faith tradition or economic circumstance; whatever your past or pres...
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“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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