On Jan 26, 2020, also nationally designated as “Reconciling In Christ (RIC) Sunday,” the members of the congregation voted overwhelmingly to adopt the following welcome statement to the LGBTQIA+ community, their friends and allies:
In response to God’s unconditional love for all people, we at Peace Lutheran Church affirm that every person is a child of God. All believers and seekers regardless of your age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship status, abilities or economic circumstance are a part of the body of Christ. We recognize that there are differences among us and believe that we can love alike even though we may not always think alike. We invite you to join us in our faith journey toward greater love and understanding.
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations and ministry communities who have made a public commitment to welcome, include and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people. 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. There are now around 930 RIC Partners throughout the United States and Canada. (Source: https://www.reconcilingworks.org/ric/)
Peace Lutheran Church is located on the original and ancestral homelands of the Piscataway peoples, and we give thanks for their presence here since time immemorial. We also wish to recognize and honor all our indigenous siblings who have and continue to call this land their home.
You can discover the names of the native people who lived where you live now, by going to: https://native-land.ca/.
Learn more about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery here.
Piscataway means "the people where the river bend," and you can learn more about the the first peoples and Piscataway tribe of Southern Maryland here.