In January, 2016 the congregation of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, consistent with it's Mission Statement and the ELCA Social Statement, "Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust" adopted the following Reconciling in Christ affirmation:
At Gloria Dei Lutheran Church we welcome 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 the social, cultural or economic circumstances that too often divide us. Our unity is in Christ in whom we are all made new.
We base this affirmation on the following scripture:
“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-19
More information about reconciling in Christ can be found on the Reconciling Works Web site: http://www.reconcilingworks.org.