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  •  My Lutheran church is a (3+ / 0-)
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    Reconciling in Christ Church

    The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. RIC recognizes Lutheran communities that publically welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender believers.

    The RIC Program doesn't seek special treatment for LGBT 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. In fact, Lutherans Concerned continues to learn of Lutheran churches that shun LGBT people. Sometimes, even parents and other family of LGBT people are vilified.

    As a result, it is assumed by many LGBT 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, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or that of their children, siblings, and friends.

    When my church, as a parish, voted to be a RIC church, there were (of course) several (and that's all) "no" votes. A couple of those folks figured out a way to just be a silent minority in a very tolerant parish. Those who were openly hostile left. They were wished well, but that was their choice.

    It's time that churches openly say, this what it means to be a Christian. Don't like it? Well, you can meet with the pastor and ultimately be counseled on what Christ would want you to do (become more tolerant) or you can leave.

    And if you leave, we'll miss the personal relationships. But having people who are openly hostile to Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender, or frankly, any other person who walks through those doors is not Christlike and  not acceptable.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 12:26:21 PM PST

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