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Reconciling in Christ Education

In October of 2022, the Reconciling in Christ Team offered a month’s worth of information, stories, and conversation to help Immanuel friends understand how and why we are working towards an all-inclusive and particular welcome to church for LGBTQIA+ sisters and brothers in Christ, and for other groups who have not always felt welcome in worship. Five sessions were recorded and posted on this page.

Session 1: What does “Reconciling in Christ” mean?

Pastor Rebekah Cochrane and the RIC Team will lead us through the history of RIC and review its goals, talk about the process of becoming an RIC church and why it is important.

Session 2: "Clunky Questions" Videos

The RIC national office has developed several videos to respond to basic and sometimes-hard-to-ask questions about sexuality.  Discussion led by RIC Team.


Session 3: Immanuel's Draft Welcome Statement

 A central part of the process of being a Reconciling in Christ congregation is developing a welcome statement that makes clear that our church welcomes LGBTQIA+ people, and others who might not have always felt welcome in church.  The RIC team presented our draft and ask for the congregation’s response.

Session 4: Our Stories

Pastor Jean Larson and Pastor Rebekah Cochrane shared personal stories about their reconciling journeys.



Session 5: Reformation Sunday and Reconciling In Christ.

How are Reformation Sunday and Reconciling in Christ connted?   Susannah Murphy (RIC Team member) will lead a discussion about the bigger picture of reforming.