Better Supporting LGBTQIA+ Lutherans

In our work, we often hear people with good intentions feel they aren’t able to ask questions about what it means to be LGBTQIA+ because they are afraid of offending someone or they don’t have the right words with which to ask. If this sounds familiar, or if you are interested in how to better support LGBTQIA+ Lutherans, check out the YouTube videos below:

"Is this a gay church now?" Clunky Questions Ep5 S2

"Why can't church just say "All are Welcome!" and leave it at that?" Clunky Questions Ep1 S2

Video: First English's Journey to become Reconciled in Christ 

Reconciling in Christ (RIC)

The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations and ministry communities who have made a public commitment to welcome, include, and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people. At First English, we are striving to be a congregation that welcomes everyone, regardless of any identifier because we are hoping to get to the heart of clearly recognizing all Children of God. 

The FELC Congregation Council affirmed the intent of FELC to become a Reconciling in Christ congregation at its June 2019 meeting. By working to create a statement affirming a welcome that specifically names either "LGBTQIA+ people" or "people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions" in our statement, First English will be accepted into the Reconciling in Christ partnership with Reconciling Works. There are now around 895 RIC Partners throughout the United States and Canada.

We have a lot of work to do and a lot to learn. You’ll see more information on this journey this year. We hope you’ll be interested in finding out more.

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Questions or comments for the RIC Core Team? Send us a note at

The FELC Core Team:
Jess Lawnicki, Deni Kuchler, Ellen Klug, Jamie Parma, John Clasen, Jeff Messer, Laurie Gross, Kirsten Owens