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Reconciling in Christ & Official Affirmation

Reconciling in Christ

511898_3335_354202"Our unity is in Christ. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of any human divisions: race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental conditions, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that often divides us."

“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” – Romans 15:7

 

 

Epiphany's Official Affirmation of Welcome

Epiphany has put together a team to create an Official Affirmation of Welcome.
What is an Official Affirmation of Welcome? It is a specific statement of our church’s open nature. It acts to remove any ambiguity from our “all means all” statement. “All means all” is a fine shorthand, but because of the actions of some churches, there are people who do not trust these sorts of statements. “Welcoming” is not the same as “affirming”, and with this statement visitors can know exactly where Epiphany stands as a congregation.

What is RIC and what does it have to do with all this?
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) program recognizes Lutheran congregations, synods, organizations, colleges, and seminaries that publicly declare their welcome to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The RIC is essentially a resource for those looking for such a welcome.

Where can I learn more about this?
You can learn more at the RIC website

Why do we need to spell this out?

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I talk to at Epiphany about this?
We will have info sessions to answer any questions you may have. The meeting times will be announced on this page and in the weekly newsletter “The Light.”

The Epiphany RIC Team:
Teresa Bullard
Kristin Atchison
Eric Bluhm
Cathy Laszewski
Talitha Minton
Greg Richardson

Last Published: February 10, 2017 2:39 PM