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 […]

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 […]

Ever-Reforming: A Reformation 500 Cross-Generational Study

Ever-Reforming: A Reformation 500 Cross-Generational Study is a curriculum with 44 weeks of study to be used with adults and youth. In addition to the curriculum, corresponding coloring pages are also available, one per session. Cross-Generational Study Coloring Pages (for all ages)

Hurricane Safety for People with Disabilities

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for People With Special Needs Preparing yourself, your home, and your family for a natural disaster is a difficult feat in itself. Add a disability or special need to that, and the process can become even more demanding and stressful. To ensure that everyone has the tools necessary to get ready in […]

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 […]

Refugee Sunday

In 1939, Lutherans all across the United States banded together to reach out to assist Lutheran refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. Creating Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) to organize their efforts, they welcomed these new Americans and walked with them as they began their new lives in the United States. Today, LIRS has directly resettled […]