Reconciling Works

Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their church, congregations, and community.

In relationships built through outreach and education, Reconciling Works shares Christ’s message, the Gospel, which is for everyone equally. We advocate for systemic change in policy and practice in church and society, working to alleviate not only the painful symptoms of oppression but also to eliminate its root causes.

We are Lutherans working with the recognition that racism, sexism, ageism, able-ism, heterosexism, homophobia, and all the other artificial distinctions that seek to raise one group into privilege and preference over another, conspire together to diminish our world and church.

Working at the intersection of oppression, Reconciling Works embodies, inspires, advocates and organizes for the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners.

— Matthew 25:34-36

Reconciling in Christ

The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster which now exceeds 600 settings.

Most groups start the process of consideration by engaging in a study program or series of educational meetings. Hearing the experiences of LGBT people and their families often creates greater understanding and insights.

1. Have a Vote:

After completing a program of education, discussion, and mutual discernment, a congregation, synod, or other organization joins the by having its council (or equivalent body) approve the “Affirmation of Welcome” or by having a vote of the whole congregation.

2. Send RW your Affirmation:

After the affirmation is adopted, mail, fax, or email Reconciling Works a letter with the approved affirmation on your faith community’s letterhead asking to be added to the RIC roster.

3. RIC Profile Survey:

Fill out this RIC Profile Survey. A staff member will be in touch with you to review the survey and answer any addition questions before your congregation, synod or organization is added to the roster of RIC participants. The RIC roster is displayed on our website and is distributed appropriately as a witness to the community and the church at large.

Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

 ~ Amos 5