First Lutheran, Greensboro, recognized for welcoming statement: Reconciling Works
First Lutheran Church, the largest Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation in Greensboro, has been recognized by Reconciling Works (formerly Lutherans Concerned/North America) as a Reconciling in Christ congregation. This recognition comes after the congregation officially adopted a public statement of welcome for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
First Lutheran Church is located at 3600 W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro, NC 27410
The statement reads in part:
“As a Christian community, we are compelled to be God’s agents of reconciliation and healing within society, embracing diversity and uniqueness. We are therefore committed to sharing God’s love and Christ’s mission with all people without regard to age, cultural or ethnic background, gender identity, sexual expression, or sexual orientation, economic or life circumstances, physical or mental ability, spiritual beliefs, or any of the things that so often divide us.”
The Rev. Jay Hilbinger, senior pastor of First Lutheran, sees this statement as “a way to live out the teachings of Jesus by loving our neighbor and welcoming all.” A motto of the church is: All are welcome – and all means ALL.
The Reconciling in Christ recognition means that the congregation will be listed on a roster of congregations, organizations and synods in the United States and Canada, which publicly welcome members of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
“We welcome First Lutheran to the Reconciling in Christ family,” said Aubrey Thonvold, executive director of Reconciling Works. “It is with love we are called to welcome all God’s children into our congregations, communities and our world. We thank First Lutheran for being an active member working for reconciliation and growth within the church so people of all sexual orientations and gender identities can share a lived experience of love, welcome and family.”
Reconciling Works, www.reconcilingworks.org, is a Christian ministry affirming God’s love for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Reconciling in Christ is a program of Reconciling Works.