ReconcilingWorks is committed to welcoming, including, and celebrating LGBTQIA+ people. As an organization we know LGBTQIA+ people come in a rich diversity of bodies, which means for us to do this holy work, it must be intersectional. ReconcilingWorks is making a public commitment to increase our intersectional work dedicated to racial equity. ReconcilingWorks Board of Directors along with staff will be working to create a Racial Equity Plan of how we will examine the Four Dimensions of Racism as defined by Raceforward, and how they impact our organization’s racist actions and behavior.

Land Acknowledgement

In 2016, at the Churchwide Assembly, the ELCA passed the "Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery" resolution, acknowledging the complicit evils of colonialism, and the impact that it has had on Native Peoples. As ReconcilingWorks continues to engage in its anti-racist work, we acknowledge our national office resides on the land of the WahpekuteAnishinabewaki, and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux). If you or your faith community would like to learn more about the land you are occupying, click here.

Four Dimensions of Racism:

Internalized racism lies within individuals. These are private beliefs about race that reside inside our minds.
Interpersonal racism occurs between individuals. Once we bring our private beliefs about race into our interactions with others, we are now in the interpersonal realm.
Institutional racism occurs within institutions. It involves the discriminatory treatment, unfair policies and practices, and inequitable opportunities and impacts, based on race.
Structural racism is racial bias across institutions and society. It’s the cumulative compounded effects of an array of factors that systematically privilege white people and disadvantaged people of color.

Next Steps for Leadership and Programming

ReconcilingWorks Leadership:

In 2021 ReconcilingWorks executive director and RIC program coordinator became Qualified Administrators of the Intercultral Development Inventory (IDI)®. “The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI) is a theory-based assessment of intercultural competence - the capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities - which allows individuals and groups to see their progression along the Intercultural Development Continuum® (IDC).” In January of 2022, the ReconcilingWorks Board of Directors will take an IDI® Assessment, work through their organizational and individual results. The leadership of the organization will work to create a plan that will build and strengthen the organization's capacity and awareness in Intercultural Competence, Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion.

What will this look like?

  • Creation of Individual Intercultural Development Plans
  • Creation of organizational goals for policy, practices, and structural changes
  • Training sessions on Racial Justice and Racial Equity
  • Building capacity in intercultural competency

This work will be discussed monthly at special meetings for the first six months of the year with progress being assessed at our Annual Meeting in June. This work will be lifelong for ReconcilingWorks.

If you or your community would like to have ReconcilingWorks lead you through the IDI, learn more HERE.

Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program:

Through conversations, deep listening, and months of review and reflection of our 970 Reconciling in Christ (RIC) partners ReconcilingWorks sought clarity on how best to adapt to the needs in our ministry. ReconcilingWorks has seen and heard of our need to deepen and expand our public commitment to the intersecting identities of our LGBTQIA+ siblings.

As an organization, we are committed to living into our values.

ReconcilingWorks is committed to supporting and accompanying RIC Partners to recognize this journey is ongoing, and an invitation to continually ask, “How is the Spirit moving us today in the work of welcome, inclusion, celebration, and advocacy?”  For this reason, we are asking our RIC partners and those in their journey of discernment into more expansive commitments.

The purpose of the RIC Program is to ensure the welcome, inclusion, celebration, and advocacy for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions; work for racial equity and commit to anti-racist work and support the national program.

RIC Partners Public Commitments:

  1. Your community explicitly states a welcome to people of “all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions” or “LGBTQIA+” and names its commitment to "racial equity" or "anti-racism" in its welcome statement.
  2. Open to calling an LGBTQIA+ and Black, Brown, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC) Rostered Leader.
  3. Will allow community space/sanctuary to be used for LGBTQIA+ weddings and blessings.
  4. Will make a meaningful contribution annually to support the national RIC program.

It is ReconcilingWorks' goal to have 100% participation from all of our Reconciling in Christ partners by 2025, including using the updated RIC logo. This will be a momentous task and one we look forward to achieving with you.

Knowing that representation matters ReconcilingWorks has redesigned the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) logo! Inspired by the Progressive Pride Flag design, these updates to the RIC logo include the colors blue, pink, and white to represent our transgender siblings, as well as a black and brown stripe, to represent the fullness of our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Community brings to the queer community.

If you would like more resources to support this work please visit our Building Capacity for Justice page.
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