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 […]

Building an Inclusive Church

A good way to begin the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) conversation is through the Building an Inclusive Church toolkit and training. A Building an Inclusive Church (BIC) training helps you design and implement a journey for your congregation to publicly and intentionally welcome people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Building an Inclusive Church equips you with […]

RIC Congregational Assessment

What speed should your community’s Reconciling in Christ (RIC) journey be paced? The congregational self-assessment tool is designed to pace your welcoming process and take the temperature of your congregation’s overall temperament when considering extending a specific welcome to LGBTQ people. Be critical and honest when you complete this tool so it can help you characterize […]

Lutheran Introduction to Our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Neighbors

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. The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program of ReconcilingWorks is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations that publicly welcome LGBTQ people. As a […]

Liturgy of Welcome

Reconciling Works provides an accompaniment edition liturgical resource for Reconciling in Christ (RIC) communities to use for RIC Sunday. Liturgy of Welcome celebrates the inclusiveness of God’s love and grace.

Where All Can Safely Live

Reconciling Work’s “Where All Can Safely Live” is an anti-bullying curriculum that gives an introduction to what bullying is, how it functions, and why we as Christians are called to prevent it from happening in our communities. This curriculum is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to stopping bullying. However, this guide provides a basic […]

Worship Resources for HIV/AIDS Awareness

As Lutherans, we believe in the power of prayer. We believe in the power of song, of the gospel, of community. We believe in the power of worship. There is power in calling upon God to touch the lives of people or groups who society has stigmatized or ignored by name. There is power in […]

Easter Communication Tools

This Easter, there is a place for everyone to sing, worship, and celebrate Christ’s resurrection, and your congregation can extend this invitation of welcome to neighbors and the surrounding community. Churchwide has developed Easter communication tools, such as posters, postcards, and door hangers that can be customized with your congregation’s worship times and information. Place […]

Evangelism Basics

What are some basic things that your congregation can do to be more welcoming and invite people to participate in a relationship with God?  These videos are taken from an Evangelism workshop just to help you get started with ideas to spark ideas and creativity for your congregation. Prayer Personal Awareness Hospitality Follow Up

Rejoicing Spirits

Rejoicing Spirits is an innovative ministry that works to enrich the faith lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends, and other supportive community members. Unfortunately people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to inclusion and leadership in our faith communities. Most churches have done significant work in adapting buildings […]