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 […]

Lutheran Guide to Advocate: LGBTQ People in Church Society

The Lutheran Guide to Advocate contains resources and tools for Lutherans as they create space for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions in our church and in our society. This resource is a starting point for you and your Lutheran faith community as it seeks to advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, […]

Introduction to Conversations about HIV/AIDS

Inspired by ReconcilingWorks’ engagement at the 21st International AIDS Conference in July, this new conversation resource will help your Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community discern how to be a more hospitable space for those living with HIV and AIDS. It is a reflection guide and is provided as an entry point to deepen and expand an […]

Supplemental Same-Gender Marriage Resource

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has developed supplemental resources for use within the Evangelical Lutheran Worship marriage service. Supplemental Same-Gender Marriage Resource “These supplemental resources have been created to offer more inclusivity in language, pastoral care, and openness for all persons who seek to be married within this church.” The resources are supplemental […]

Your People Shall Be My People

Ministering to and with same-gender couples and their families In response to the action of the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly calling for continued conversations about how to minister to and with same-gender couples and their families, Reconciling Works presents “Your People Shall Be My People” Your People Shall Be My People includes stories, questions, resources […]