How ready are we to become a Reconciling in Christ Community?
A Reconciling in Christ community is one that has engaged in a process of discernment, leading that faith community to specifically welcome into the congregation those of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Why would a faith community want to be a Reconciling in Christ congregation? Perhaps you feel our church is already welcoming to all people; what difference could it make to explicitly welcome those who are LGBTQ? Here are a few reasons.
It communicates that we have thought deeply about who we are. It deepens our faith. It makes us intentional in our welcoming. It helps us share the Good News with those who have been excluded and hurt. It provides LGBTQ people who move or travel with a safe place to worship and be themselves. It connects us with like-minded communities everywhere. And it nudges the larger Church that has not yet committed to being welcoming.
You can learn more by talking to Susan Randall, Julie Johnson, or Jeff Michals-Brown.