Tim and I are deeply grateful for the part that Lutherans Concerned/North America has played, and continues to play in the ELCA. ReconcilingWorks’s gracious, informed, and patient leadership was vital, absolutely vital, in moving the ELCA to the vote in Minneapolis in 2009. I wept and wept that night in Minneapolis. I wept tears of joy, and tears of sadness. Sadness? Why sadness? Because it took so many years to reach that vote. The ministry of ReconcilingWorks is still necessary. There are miles to go before we all understand the full implications of what it means to be a diverse community, yet one in Christ. That’s why Tim and I continue to support ReconcilingWorks and thank God for the work of this remarkable organization. Our love and prayers continue, too.