A new RIC community, Gethsemane Lutheran Church

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ReconcilingWorks is proud to announce our newest Reconciling in Christ congregation, Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC.

All really means all at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Columbia

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has voted unanimously to become a “Reconciling in Christ” (RIC) Congregation, which means that this congregation advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in all aspects of the congregation’s life.

Pastor Seth Gibson says, “When we say all are welcome, we mean all people are welcome to join us for worship, fellowship, and to be in mission with this faith family.” He adds, “We are working with ReconcilingWorks, to continue the work of being a safe place for all people, no matter their background, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or economic status. We provide a place of comfort and safety. We reach out to teach that Christ’s message, the Gospel, is for everyone equally.”

Gethsemane, a small, multicultural church, gathers in the name of Christ to embrace all people on their journey of faith. In a broken world, with more than its share of hate and violence, Gethsemane is an old church working to do new things and be a safe place of grace

Join us for worship Sundays at 11:00 am, at 6904 Satchelford Rd, Columbia, SC 29206. Visit us online at www.GLCelca.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GethsemaneLutheranSC

It is with great pleasure that ReconcilingWorks welcomes Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC to the RIC community!

Will you consider helping us support more congregations along their welcoming journey? Your support helps us continue to provide networks, educational resources and training to LGBT Lutherans, allies and almost 600 congregations and ministry settings (and rapidly counting) that publicly declare their welcome and affirmation of LGBT people. We can’t do it without you. Please donate or become a ReconcilingWorks member today!