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LGBTQ+ Inclusion

LGBTQ+ Inclusion at RLC

The ultimate purpose of this task force is to guide and facilitate the congregation through the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) process. This process has four potential outcomes:

  • create an inclusive welcome statement
  • develop policy and practices
  • vote to become an RIC congregation
  • add our church to the RIC website as a safe space for LGBTQ+ people

Inclusive church practices are not just about LGBTQ+ people: these practices are for all of us. When we create inclusive practices, not only do we live our values as Christians and RLC members, but we also benefit from these practices through the practice of empathy and understanding, through richer relationships, and through the unforeseen ways these practices will support our individual growth.


Learn more, hear stories, and better understand acronyms and terminology on our Inclusion Blog.

Our Vision

This team is creatively imagining ways to facilitate conversation, bridge divides, and understand what we stand for as a community and congregation: throughout this process the importance of relationships will be emphasized. Areas of discussion will include:

  • hiring and human resources practices
  • same-sex marriage
  • worship services
  • youth programming
  • advocacy

Join Us

Be a part of the conversation in these ways: 

  • Provide feedback about the Reconciling in Christ process at RLC via our Feedback Form 
  • Look for opportunities to participate in educational and community events
  • Contact us at  to get involved or if you want to talk to someone on the Task Force


The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) process is supported by ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation. "ReconcilingWorks is an independent, Lutheran organization that since 1974 has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual/aromantic Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community."

What is happening now

Oct. 31: Dr. James Boyce will lead our Adult Education forum "Hearing Scriptures on Loving the Neighbor" at 10:10 am, Sunday Oct. 31.

Jan. 25: Pr. Chris Hagen gave an overview of the associate pastor call process and the Ministry Site Profile Task Force timeline. Next steps: help create survey questions to include in future MSP survey. Assist with draft statements for the narrative component of the MSP.

Jan. 11: First meeting - introductions, understanding RIC process, decision to focus on an inclusive upcoming clergy call process at RLC.