Mount Tabor: A Reconciling in Christ Congregation
All are welcome; especially our lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender brothers and sisters.
What is Reconciling in Christ?
It is a program for Lutheran communities of faith to answer the inclusive call of the gospel by welcoming believers of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Mount Tabor in Salt Lake City and Prince of Peace in Logan are the two Reconciling in Christ Lutheran congregations in Utah.
All people are welcome here. Why should we single out gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) people?
The Reconciling in Christ Program doesn't seek special treatment for GLBT people. The reality is, however, that we live in a time where the voices of fear and ignorance dominate the public discussion on human sexuality issues in our society. Most often these judgmental voices of irrational fear are all that is heard. In fact, Lutherans Concerned continues to learn of Lutheran churches that shun GLBT people. Sometimes even their parents and family are vilified and attacked by church members.
As a result, it is assumed by most GLBT people that they are not welcome in any church unless told otherwise. Even a general statement of welcome is heard as really meaning "everybody but me", so it takes a special effort to communicate the same welcome. The RIC Program seeks to make clearer the policy of churches where all people are welcomed as full members, regardless of their sexual orientation, their gender identity or that of their children, siblings or friends.
In 1983, Lutherans Concerned /North America started the RIC Program to recognize Lutheran congregations that welcome lesbian and gay believers. During the 2002 LC/NA Assembly, members took action to include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the program. The Reconciling in Christ roster includes Lutheran congregations in the U.S. and Canada, synods of the ELCA and ELCIC, Lutheran colleges and other Lutheran organizations, such as the Lutheran Student Movement - USA, the Urban Servants Corps, an ecumenical ELCA-Episcopal camp ministry, the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and several synodical Lutheran Youth Organizations.It is a program for Lutheran communities of faith to answer the inclusive call of the gospel by welcoming believers of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
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