Reconciling in Christ
St. James Lutheran Church is proud to be a 'Reconciling in Christ' congregation.
AFFIRMation of Welcome
- People of all gender identities and sexual orientations share the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God;
- People of all gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome within the membership of this congregation upon making a common, public affirmation of faith; and
- As members of this congregation, people of all gender identities and sexual orientations are expected and encouraged to share in the sacramental and general life of this congregation.
Ability · Age · Ethnicity · Gender Identity · Language · Life Circumstances · Marital Status · Race · Sexual Orientation
You are welcome.
Your family, children, friends, spouses and partners are welcome.
Your diversity and uniqueness are welcome.
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) program recognizes Lutheran congregations, synods, organizations, colleges, and seminaries that publicly declare their welcome to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Inaugurated in 1983 with just a few congregations scattered across the United States and Canada, the program has grown to include hundreds of faith communities. No matter the setting, the welcoming statement is affirmed and accepted by the whole community. The RIC roster has become known as a resource for people seeking a community prepared to welcome them.