In 1999 Lake Park Lutheran Church became a Reconciling in Christ congregation. Lutherans Concerned / North America started the Reconciling in Christ (“RIC”) Program to recognize Lutheran congregations that affirm and welcome LGBT people.
We share ReconcilingWorks’ mission and values and we believe reconciling works, for the sake of the world.
“Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) 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.
Reconciliation is a fundamental value; it is what the Apostle Paul says we are all called to do. Through our Reconciling in Christ Program, ministries, resources, events and alliances, Reconciling Works builds community for worship, education and support; fosters welcome and acceptance in all Lutheran settings; and advocates for the ecclesial changes necessary to ensure full participation in all sacraments, in- clusive liturgical resources, and ministries of the Church, inviting all people into Gospel lives of authenticity, integrity, and wholeness.
An independent, Lutheran, membership-supported organization, ReconcilingWorks is committed to strengthen all of God’s beloved for authentic, visible, faithful lives and to work for systemic change within the church and society.”
This excerpt was taken from www.reconcilingworks.org.