ABOUT RECONCILING IN CHRIST
What is the Reconciling in Christ program?
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program recognizes Lutheran congregations that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) believers. RIC is NOT a reparative therapy ministry—we love you as God has made you. The complete Reconciling in Christ Roster now exceeds 450 settings, including congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other organizations.
All people are welcome here. Why should we single out lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people?
The RIC Program doesn't seek special treatment for LGBTQ people. The reality is, however, that we live in a time where the voices of fear and misunderstanding often dominate the public discussion about sexuality. Tragically, these fearful voices are often all that are heard—and are sometimes taken to be definitive of what it means to be Christian.
As a result, it is assumed by many LGBTQ people that they are not welcome in any church unless told otherwise. Since even a general statement of welcome is heard as really meaning "everybody but me," it takes a special effort to communicate that a congregation is sincere in its welcome. The RIC Program seeks to make clearer the policy of congregations, synods, and other organizations where all people are welcome as fully participating members, celebrating their sexual orientation or gender identity or that of their children, siblings, and friends.