Following Jesus, who commanded his followers, ‘Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another,’ and believing that all persons are created in the image of God, the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA, strives to be fully inclusive for all. This synod welcomes people of every race, background, age, political affiliation, economic and social status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and mental and physical ability, while striving to enable all people to participate fully in the life and work of the church and its expressions.
Several of our congregations in south-central Wisconsin have also taken steps to be intentionally welcoming to the LGBTQIA+ community. These congregations are identified as Reconciling in Christ congregations. By having a statement affirming this welcome that specifically names either, “LGBTQIA+ people” or “people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions” in their statement, these faith communities are accepted into the Reconciling in Christ partnership with ReconcilingWorks. You may click on a congregation below to learn more:
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin was at the OutReach Magic Festival held on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Warner Park in Madison. The OutReach Magic Festival: A PRIDE Celebration event for 2019 celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and the 30th Anniversary of Madison’s first pride parade.
At our synod tent we had representatives from area ELCA congregations that have made an intentional commitment to be welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community who engaged festival goers throughout the day.
We also invited people to write on quilt squares their hopes, dreams, prayers, and messages for, with, or to the LGBTQ+ community in the church. This quilt will continue to be a presence in the synod for the next year.
It was a great day full of deep connections, fellowship, and a chance to provide public witness and celebration of the Gospel.
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster. Most groups start the process of consideration by engaging in a study program or series of educational meetings. Hearing the experiences of LGBT people and their families often creates greater understanding and insights. Learn more about the RIC program through ReconcilingWorks.