Introduction

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.

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* 1. What made you feel welcomed when you were a new church member?  What experiences made you feel unwelcome?

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* 2. How often do you interact with LGBTQ people (whether out in the community, at church, at work, socially, etc)?

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* 3. My circle of friends

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* 4. How comfortable would you be with Prince of Peace publicly and specifically welcoming LGBTQ people?

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* 5. If you feel that these questions and choices miss something important in your understanding or experience, please tell us more.

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* 6. Telling us your name is completely optional, but it would give us an idea of where you, as an individual, begin in this conversation.  An anonymous response is a little less useful.

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