Reconciling in Christ
Reconciling in Christ is a designation of Lutherans Concerned/North American, an organization that advocates for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people into the full life of the church.
First Lutheran, by a congregational vote in 1989, decided to become a Reconciling in Christ congregation.
First Lutheran Church has participated in the San Diego Pride parade in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. First’s float has had a wonderful evangelical theme, inviting people to come to First Lutheran Church where they will be welcome to participate fully in the life of Word and Sacrament ministry. What a joy to have people applaud along the parade route and say things like, “I was baptized in a Lutheran church and I never knew I was welcome in the Lutheran church.” In 2014 as we celebrated our 125th anniversary we walked the parade and were joined by 3 ELCA Bishops, Bishop Murray Finck, Bishop Mark Holmerud, and the ELCA’s first Native American and openly gay Bishop Guy Erwin with his husband Rob Flynn. What a magical weekend that was.
Reconciling in Christ is yet another important way that First Lutheran Church strives to be a place where all its doors are open to all God’s people, where all are invited to our tables whether in the sanctuary or on the patio.