Reconciling in Christ (RIC)


Empowered by the gospel, we work for the equality and full inclusion of people of all sexual/affectional orientations and gender identities in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

 

As a community of the people of God, we are called to minister to all people in our world, knowing that the world is often an unloving place. Our world can sometimes be a place of alienation, brokenness, and multiple forms of oppression. Christ calls us to reconciliation and wholeness. We are challenged by the Gospel to be agents of healing within our society.

 

We, the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, affirm with the apostle Paul that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female” (Galatians 3:28). Christ has made us one. We acknowledge that this reconciliation extends to people of all sexual/affectional orientations and gender identities.

 

Because members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their families are often scorned and stigmatized by society and alienated from the Church, we wish to make our caring, concern, and compassion known to all people. It is for this purpose that we affirm the following:

  • that all people of all sexual/affectional orientations and gender identities share the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God;
  • that all people of all sexual/affectional orientations and gender identities are welcome within the membership of the Greater Milwaukee Synod upon making a common, public affirmation of faith; and
  • that as members of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, people of all sexual/affectional orientations and gender identities are expected and encouraged to share in the sacramental and general life of the Greater Milwaukee Synod.

A Brief History of the Greater Milwaukee Synod Reconciling in Christ Ministry Team

 

In June 2006, several synod leaders, both lay and ordained, met in preparation for opposing the ban on civil unions and same-sex marriage in the state of Wisconsin. In November 2006, the Reconciling in Christ Ministry Team became a recognized ministry team by the Greater Milwaukee Synod Council. Since then, the Greater Milwaukee Synod Reconciling in Christ Ministry Team has continued to work for the equality and full inclusion of people of all sexual/affectional orientations and gender identities within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Welcoming ELCA Lutheran Congregations

Adoration Lutheran Church
3840 W Edgerton AveGreenfield, WI 53221-3099414.281.0414
Advent Lutheran ChurchW63N642 Washington AveCedarburg, WI 53012-1928262.377.2710
All Peoples Gathering2600 N 2nd StMilwaukee, WI 53212-2813
414.264.1616
All Saints Lutheran Church705 W Tomlin RdWales, WI 53183262.968.3322
Ascension Lutheran Church1236 S Layton BlvdMilwaukee, WI 53215414.645.2933
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church2016 Center RdWaukesha, WI 53189-7308262.542.7100
The Corner House @ UWM3074 N Maryland AveMilwaukee, WI 53211-3331414.962.9320
Cross Lutheran Church1821 N 16th StMilwaukee, WI 53205-1626414.344.1746
Emaus Lutheran Church1925 Summit AveRacine, WI 53404262.634.5515
Grace Lutheran Church303 Green Bay RdThiensville, WI 53092-1301262.242.1174
Holy Cross Lutheran ChurchW156N8131 Pilgrim RdMenomonee Falls, WI 53051262-251-2740
Incarnation Lutheran Church1510 W Keefe AveMilwaukee, WI 53206-2357414.372.1600
Kingo Lutheran Church1225 E Olive StShorewood, WI 53211-1838414.964.2620
Lake Park Lutheran Church2647 N Stowell AveMilwaukee, WI 53211-4221414.962.9190
Lutheran Church of the ResurrectionW287N3700 North Shore DrPewaukee, WI 53072262.691.7700
Martin Luther Lutheran Church9235 W Bluemound RdMilwaukee, WI 53226-4406414.476.9411
Mount Carmel Lutheran Church8424 W Center StMilwaukee, WI 53222-4798414.771.1270
Mount Zion Lutheran Church12012 W North AveWauwatosa, WI 53226-2040414.258.0456
Redeemer Lutheran Church1905 W Wisconsin AveMilwaukee, WI 53233414.933.7004
Reformation Lutheran Church915 Adelmann AveBrookfield, WI 53045262.782.8875
Reformation Lutheran Church3806 W Lisbon AveMilwaukee, WI 53208414.444.0440
Resurrection Lutheran Church12400 W Cold Spring RdNew Berlin, WI 53151-6938262.786.8880
Spirit Alive Lutheran Church8760 37th AveKenosha, WI 53142262.658.2433
Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church5505 W Lloyd StMilwaukee, WI 53208-1002414.476.3189
St Mary’s Lutheran Church2001 80th StKenosha, WI 53143262.658.3555
St Paul’s Lutheran Chuch2812 W Wisconsin AveMilwaukee, WI 53208-4047414.933.7825
Trinity Lutheran Church7104 39th AveKenosha, WI 53142262.694.5050
Trinity Lutheran Church140 N 7th AveWest Bend, WI 53095262.334.2125
Village Church130 E Juneau AveMilwaukee, WI 53202-2552414.273.7617

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