Robeson Evangelical Lutheran Church has been recognized by Reconciling Works (formerly Lutherans Concerned/North America) as the most recent Reconciling in Christ congregation in the greater Reading, Pennsylvania area. This recognition comes after the congregational leadership officially adopted a public statement of welcome for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The statement reads in part:
Our congregation members celebrate the fact that our church welcomes everyone. RIC is the channel that assists us in sending this message outward, just as our Lord Jesus Christ sent out his disciples to proclaim this Good News. We invite all who wish to worship here, at “The Light on the Hill,” and offer a place of welcome, comfort and support.
The Reverend Michael Ware, Pastor of Robeson Evangelical Lutheran Church, sees this statement as “an important and consistent step in line with the church’s long history of loving hospitality towards the larger community. It is also proof of the continued relevance of the Gospel of Christ as it helps people to break human barriers down in order to truly see the face of God in all of our neighbors.”
The Reconciling In Christ recognition means that the congregation will be listed on a roster of congregations, organizations and Synods in the United States and Canada, which publicly welcomes members of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Aubrey Thonvold, Executive Director of Reconciling Works said, “We welcome Robeson Evangelical Lutheran Church to the Reconciling in Christ Family. It is with love we are called to welcome all of God’s children into our congregations, communities, and our world. We thank Robeson Evangelical Lutheran Church for being an active member working for reconciliation and growth within the church so people of all sexual orientations and gender identities can share a lived experience of love, welcome and family.”
Reconciling Works is a Christian ministry affirming God’s love for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Reconciling in Christ is a program of Reconciling Works.