Reconciling in Christ

A place for everyone

Our Mission


Christ the Servant is in the process of discerning whether to become a Reconciling in Christ partner through the independent Lutheran organization Reconciling Works: Lutherans for Full Participation. The RIC designation identifies Lutheran churches, synods, colleges, and seminaries that are committed to the welcome, inclusion, and celebration of all people, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual/aromantic (LGBTQIA+). It marks these faith communities as safe and liberating environments for people who have often been rejected and hurt by society, their family and the church. Jesus welcomed everyone who sought him, recognizing them as children of God. Jew or Greek, rich or poor, healthy or infirm: all were granted access to God's grace. This process is meant to clarify and publicly proclaim the extravagant hospitality we already see in practice in our congregation. We approach the journey with humility and trust that wherever God leads us, it will be for the benefit of our church and our community.

INTRODUCTION TO RIC - April 2020
ONE MOMENT OF GRACE - June 2021 (Nathan Graham)
BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR INCLUSIVITY - July 2021 (Chris Clarkson)
EVERYDAY, GOD CHANGES ME - August 2021 (Suzanne Terry)
A REFLECTION FROM CELENE WELCH - September 2021
KNOWING YOU'RE WELCOME - October 2021 (Nathan Graham)
Letter to Congregation - October 13, 2021 (Pastor Bell)
THE SIMPLE PRACTICALITY OF AN RIC DESIGNATION - November 2021 (Suzanne Terry)
A WELCOMING CONGREGATION - December 2021 (Nathan Graham)
LET'S GET UNCOMFORTABLE - January 2022 (Nathan Graham)
THE BIBLE AND BEING WELCOMING - February 2022 (Chris Clarkson)
WHY? - March 2022 (Celene Welch)
COME, SING ABOUT LOVE - April 2022 (Nathan Graham)
THE DUAL BLESSING OF HOSPITALITY - May 2022 (Dennis Shurter)
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE June 2022 (Nancy Johnson)
IN NEED OF GOOD NEWS - July 2022 (Nathan Graham)
WHERE WE'RE HEADED - August 2022 (Nathan Graham)
THOUGHTS ON RECONCILIATION - September 2022 (Yvonne Lacy)
A CONVERSATION WITH RECONCILING WORKS - October 2022 (Celene Welch)

HELPFUL LINKS

Reconciling Works


  • How to Become RIC: Includes the RIC Public Partner Commitments & Resources for the Journey.







  • For the Bible Tells Me So: A 2007 documentary about LGBTQ+ Christians and their families' histories within the church, screened during the Adult Education Hour in November and December 2021. Rent it on Apple TV or contact the ministry team.