Our synod became a Reconciling in Christ Synod in 2016. What does this mean? It means we offer a wide welcome to all of God’s beloved children regardless of anything that seeks to divide us. Our unity is in Jesus Christ. Learn more here!
On May 19, 2016, our Lower Susquehanna Synod Council adopted the following statement of welcome:
In the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA we feed the hungry as we have been fed by Christ. We welcome with full participation and inclusion all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances or anything that too often divides us. Our unity is in Jesus Christ.
Then, at our 2016 Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly, the Harrisburg Conference brought a resolution asking that our synod become a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Synod designation in keeping with our statement of welcome. That resolution passed by a large margin, and we then sought designation from Reconciling Works. Since that time more congregations across our synod are becoming RIC congregations and requesting resources for study and discussion.