2018 RIC Sunday Resources
Click the "Resources" button below to request access to the 2018 RIC Sunday resource package. You will be directed to a Google Form to submit your faith community's information.
The theme of this year's RIC Sunday resources is "Dreams & Visions of the Church Reimagined: a Reconciling in Christ Sunday service naming, celebrating, and advocating for transgender and genderqueer people."
And for the first time ever, ReconcilingWorks is publishing three sample sermons which your RIC Sunday worship planners and preachers may use as inspiration. These sermons use the suggested scripture readings in the 2018 RIC Sunday Resources.
2018 RIC Sunday Authors
ReconcilingWorks is deeply grateful for the authors of this year's RIC Sunday resources. Their bios and photos are listed here.
Leo Bancroft (he/him) is a mission developer in the Oregon Synod of the ELCA, and the intern pastor at The Flame, an LGBTQIA and ally worshiping community in Portland, Oregon (theflamepdx.org). Currently a TEEM candidate, he also has an MA in Systematic Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. He has been active with ReconcilingWorks at the local, regional and national level since 2011 and loves the annual RIC Sunday celebrations, as well as walking in Pride and AIDS Walk Portland. He is an out bisexual trans man, who is currently taking a class on handstands and cartwheels and has taken up running. His favorite Bible passage is Romans 8:38-39. No matter what, God will not stop loving us. Alleluia!
Rev. Asher O’Callaghan
Before becoming a Lutheran pastor, Asher (He/him/his) fancied himself spiritual but not religious. He thought he was done with organized religion after growing up transgender and bisexual in a fundamentalist church. But then he stumbled into a church called House For All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado where God messed up all his plans. There he heard an invitation he couldn’t help but share. From Christ’s open table he heard: “Behold who you are. Become what you receive.” Becoming what he’s received has led him to earn a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary, to pastor a small mountain congregation called Zion Lutheran Church in Idaho Springs, Colorado, and now to serve as ELM’s Program Director. Asher is a member of Proclaim and a former Joel R. Workin scholar.
Laura Ferree (She/her/hers) is a third year Master of Divinity student at Trinity Lutheran Seminary as well as the Vicar at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Seattle, WA. As part of the new 2+2 curriculum she will be spending two years on internship while taking part time classes. Originally, Laura is from Sidney, OH and attended the University of Toledo for undergraduate studies receiving her Bachelors of Social Work. While on campus at Trinity, she was involved in the process of becoming a Reconciling in Christ seminary as well as serving as the Proclaim Seminary Representative. When Laura is not at school or church you can find her cheering on some of her favorite teams, the US Women’s National Soccer Team, Columbus Crew, Cincinnati Reds or the Seattle Reign. She also enjoys riding her bike and anything in nature.
Jonathan Rundquist (He/Her/Theirs) is a recent graduate of Luther Seminary and a candidate for ordination in the ELCA. Her family includes a partner of six years and two beautiful kids. Growing up in rural Minnesota, Jon has a passion for rural justice, and the many intersections of race, queerness, and poverty that are informed by the rural dynamic. Minnesotan winters are his favorite time of year, when the air and snow are so cold it sounds like walking on styrofoam when your nose hairs freeze and the air is so crisp and clear that silent nights are accented by the crinkling of ice on trees and the subdued hum of smoke coming out of chimneys. They enjoy playing guitar, video games and hopes to serve a vibrant congregation one day.