A number of our member congregations are designated as Reconciling in Christ congregations. This means they have been through a formal process with Reconciling Works to become welcoming, inclusive, and equitable spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex and asexual/aromantic (LGBTQ2SIA+) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community.
From the Reconciling Works website:
In relationships built through outreach and education, ReconcilingWorks shares Christ's message, the Gospel, which is for everyone equally. We advocate for systemic change in policy and practice in church and society, working to alleviate not only the painful symptoms of oppression but also to eliminate its root causes.
We are Lutherans working with the recognition that racism, sexism, ageism, able-ism, heterosexism, homophobia, and all the other artificial distinctions that seek to raise one group into privilege and preference over another, conspire together to diminish our world and church.
An independent, Lutheran, membership-supported organization, ReconcilingWorks is committed to strengthen all of God’s beloved for authentic, visible, faithful lives and to work for systemic change within the church and society.
We believe reconciling works, for the sake of the world.
The following congregations of the BC Synod have made formal declarations of welcome through the Reconciling in Christ program of the Reconciling Works organization:
Nanaimo - Hope Lutheran Church
Nelson - Ascension Lutheran Church
North Vancouver - Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Port Alberni - Trinity Anglican + Lutheran Church
Prince George - Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
Surrey - Christ The King Lutheran Church
Vancouver - First Lutheran Church
Victoria - Grace Lutheran Church
Victoria - Lutheran Church of the Cross