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.
First Lutheran Church voted overwhelmingly to become a Reconciling in Christ member congregation at our February 2016 Annual Meeting. The Reconciling in Christ designation is a public affirmation of one piece of our FLC Welcome Statement: “whether you are male, female, or transgender, young or old, straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual, you are welcome here!”
The Reconciling in Christ program is a ministry of ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation. Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of LGBT Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community. Congregations and organizations that are designated as RIC are included in ReconcilingWorks’ online, searchable database and are also encouraged to display the RIC symbol (pictured above) in connection with their institution.