RECONCILING IN CHRIST PROCESS
The Welcoming Ministry Team is guiding our faith community in the journey to becoming an openly welcoming and affirming church; embracing and celebrating diversity in our church home and in our community. In April 2018, the Welcoming Ministry Team was commissioned. The team completed a congregational assessment tool and training by Reconciling Works, along with conducting one-on-one conversations with many staff and congregation members in a discovery process. We continue the practice of encouraging open, positive conversations through the entire process. Several forum presentations were provided including: The ELCA Sexuality Statement, LGBTQ Community in our Midst panel discussion and Reconciling in Christ 101.
We have drafted our Welcome Statement for approval by the congregation at the Annual Meeting in November. A Welcome Statement, different from the Mission Statement, shows others that your faith community has publicly committed to living as a welcoming faith community on a lifelong journey. The only requirement by Reconciling in Christ (RIC) is that our statement specifically includes “people of all sexual orientations and gender identities or lists lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, people explicitly.”
Because you must be a member of Trinity to vote at the Annual Meeting, we have sent Trinity’s draft Welcome Statement for feedback to our members. If you are a member of Trinity and did not receive an email with the statement and survey link, please contact the Welcoming Ministry Team using the form below. As always, we welcome and encourage open, constructive feedback and conversations.
If you have questions about this process or if you would like to be involved, please contact Jenny Rediske or Laura Fredericks. You can also find more information at www.reconcilingworks.org.