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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- ReconcilingWorks is the new name for Lutherans Concerned/North America, the organization working for decades among Lutherans for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the life of the church.
In 2009, a major milestone was achieved when the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to allow ministers in lifelong, same-gender relationships to serve in the church.
In 2011, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada established policies that permit the legal marriage or blessing of same-gender couples and that removed sexual orientation as an impediment to ordination.
Though the name Lutherans Concerned served the organization well in the years following its founding in 1974, today, a name change is needed to more accurately describe the current ministry.
"ReconcilingWorks is a statement of faith and effectiveness," said Emily Eastwood, executive director of the organization. "Reconciliation is central to the ministry of the church which follows Christ into the world. The name ReconcilingWorks is a clear response to the biblical injunction to all Christians to be reconciled to God and to each other. The name instantly testifies that reconciling, indeed, is successful as the means to build a fully inclusive church and society. And, like motorworks and waterworks, it is what we do.
"Included in the new logo is the phrase 'Lutherans for Full Participation.' Our mission is still to work for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Lutherans in the life of the church, for full recognition of their equality as children of God. The work continues unabated.
"Today, full participation in the church is inextricably intertwined with issues and concerns present in the larger society. Reconciling Lutherans are working hard to love their neighbors -- all their neighbors. ReconcilingWorks follows Christ who ministered at the crossroads of life and the intersection of oppressions. When obstacles are placed in people's way based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, economic status, disability, immigration status or other realities deliberately used to marginalize whole groups of people, ReconcilingWorks stands to challenge discrimination, to educate, to embody a community of welcome, to work together with others to help the church and society at large unite in valuing the gifts diversity brings."
The new email addresses for ReconcilingWorks end with @reconcilingworks.org. Our website is HERE. Phone numbers are unaffected.
Working at the intersection of oppressions, ReconcilingWorks (formerly Lutherans Concerned/North America) embodies, inspires, advocates and organizes for the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners. ReconcilingWorks is based in St. Paul, Minn.