Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community.
Trinity is part of the Reconciling in Christ program organized by ReconcilingWorks. We want to say loudly and clearly that everyone is welcome at Trinity Lutheran Church! We ratified this on May 7, 2000 by adopting the Affirmation of Welcome after a period of meaningful study, discussion, reflection and prayer.
FREED BY GOD’S GRACE, THE BODY OF CHRIST ON EARTH LEADS A JOYOUS DANCE OF TRANSFORMATION, INTEGRATING SEXUALITY AND SPIRITUALITY, JUSTICE AND MERCY. THROUGH CONTINUOUS REFORMATION, THE CHURCH EMBRACES IN HOLINESS AND INTO WHOLENESS PEOPLE OF ALL SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS AND GENDER IDENTITIES, STRENGTHENING US FOR AUTHENTIC, VISIBLE, FAITHFUL LIVES. DEDICATED TO RADICAL RECONCILIATION, THE CHURCH FALLS INTO THE HEART OF GOD’S PASSIONATE INTENT, CO-CREATING A WORLD WITHOUT OUTCASTS, CALLING ALL TO SERVE AS GUESTS AND HOSTS AT GOD’S TABLE OF BLESSING AND POWER.
This statement comes from the ReconcilingWorks website. While we have always welcomed anyone who comes through our door, Trinity Lutheran Church has decided that our voice should be heard explicitly welcoming any who might feel that they would be unwelcome in a Christian church. As part of our participation in the Reconciling in Christ program, we make intentional and public affirmation of welcome to all, particularly members of the LGBTQ community. It is our hope that our adoption of the Affirmation of Welcome will heal the doubt anyone might feel about celebrating Christ with our congregation.
Of course, the Affirmation of Welcome is only a wordy document without the relationships needed to make those words meaningful. It is by actions and outreach as individuals to anyone looking for comfort in the Good News of Christ that our welcome will become known. So we ask that you come and celebrate with us the Love of God and the Community of the Holy Spirit.