The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. RIC recognizes Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender believers.
The RIC Program doesn't seek special treatment for LGBT people.
The RIC Program seeks to make clearer the policy of congregations, synods, and other organizations where all people are welcome as fully participating members, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or that of their children, siblings, and friends.
RIC is a program of ReconcilingWorks, an organization of laypeople, pastors, and congregations primarily from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), that is working for the full acceptance and inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions in the life of the Church. It is one of many LGBT-welcoming church movements to emerge in American Christianity in the late 20th-early 21st centuries.
Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) affirms and supports LGBTQ Lutheran rostered leaders and those pursuing a call to rostered leadership while engaging allied congregations and ministries to proclaim God's love and seek justice for all.