Reconciling in Christ
We at Immanuel Lutheran welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons into our fellowship and to the Eucharistic table with true equality and affirmation.
In 1984 Lutherans Concerned/North America started the Reconciling in Christ (“RIC”) Program to recognize Lutheran congregations that welcome lesbian and gay believers. We at Immanuel were proud to become a RIC congregation in 1996.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is the national expression of the church and welcomes GLBT clergy. In August 2009 the ELCA voted at its Church-wide Assembly to recognize committed same-sex relationships, and to welcome practicing LGBT clergy to serve in its congregations. We celebrate the long awaited dawning of new a day in the ELCA!
Grace is for everyone or it isn’t grace.
It’s that simple. It’s that amazing!
LGBT people are children of God whom God created as we are all Created and whom God loves as God loves all creation. Therefore people of all sexual orientations participate fully as members and lay leaders at all levels in our congregation. We need you to help us make Christianity consistent with the embracing love of Jesus, to help the churches move from a culture of denial to a culture of affirmation of all gifts, including your sexuality.
Welcome to Immanuel
The community of Immanuel strives to be a living sanctuary of hope and grace.
We are united in God’s love for us in Jesus, poured out for the world through our service to Christ. Our faith made active in love opens doors for all people to encounter God’s love hidden in Christ, the source of our hope.
We rejoice that diversity in God’s creation enriches, nurtures and challenges our life and ministry as followers of Jesus Christ and as servants in the world.
Because we believe that God’s grace is truly amazing, we are committed to welcoming all people to this place. No matter where you come from, no matter what age, race, socio-economic, family, or immigration status, no matter your gender identity or sexual orientation, you are welcome here.