Emmanuel is a 
reconciling in Christ

You were made in God's Image

Since 2018, the people of Emmanuel had been working toward becoming a Reconciling in Christ church. We held regular faith formation forums to discuss what it means to be inclusive and celebrate all people, specifically the LGBTQIA+ community as well as debunking common myths and bible passages used to exclude and harm this community.

In June of 2020, the congregation overwhelmingly voted in favor to publically welcome, include, and celebrate LGBTQIA+ individuals and families to Emmanuel.

Adopted in June 2020

Welcoming Statement

Emmanuel Lutheran Church welcomes all who are seeking God's love and grace.

We welcome and affirm full participation by all because God welcomes all, regardless of race, culture, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, relationship or socio-economic status, addictions, physical or mental health, disability, imprisonment, age, or other circumstances.



It is intended that all activities, ministries, programs, and sacraments of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, including Holy Communion, Holy Baptism, marriage, and funerals, shall be available to all individuals and couples no matter their gender or sexual orientation.

A legacy of Welcoming LGBTQIA+ People 

"In 1989, the Metro D.C. Synod, of which Emmanuel is a congregation,  adopted an affirmation of welcome for gay and lesbian Christians, thus being recognized by ReconcilingWorks.org as a welcoming Synod to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

In 1991, the Metro D.C. synod assembly voted to accept and affirm homosexual persons as rostered ministers to serve in the church."

Twenty-five of the 886 RIC congregations resides in the Metro D.C. Synod - learn more about the Metro D.C. Synod and the ELCA by clicking below.

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Join the Reconciling in Christ Ministry at Emmanuel!

The Reconciling in Christ ministry consists of members who gracefully engage the congregation in building a culture of welcome and inclusivity at Emmanuel. The ministry recommends and implements strategies to strengthen and deepen relationships within the congregation while sharing God's love with all people.

If you are interested in learning more about this ministry or joining, please reach out to the ministry at ric@elcvienna.org.

Available Resources

Recent Adult Forums

Guest Speaker and child of the congregation, Mycah McNett, tells her personal story on RIC Celebration Sunday.

Emmauel hosted a Safe Zone Training which is a LGBTQIA+ awareness and ally training workshop.

LGBTQ+ Young Adult Mental Health Forum

On Sunday, November 8, 2020, Reconciling in Christ of Emmanuel presented a forum on LGBTQ+ Young Adult Mental Health: Connecting in Precarious Times. This session was led by Ellen Murphy, LCSW, a psychotherapist at St. Mark Counseling Center in Vienna, and ELC Reconciling in Christ Committee Member.

If you have any questions or want more information about this topic, please contact Ellen.

The Trevor Project Hotline

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Trained counselors are available 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.

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Allys Guide

Ally's Guide to Terminology

The words we use can have a powerful impact on our conversations. Designed for new allies who want to support the LGBTQIA+ community, but often face an array of confusing terminology and language, this short guide offers an overview of essential vocabulary, terms to avoid, and a few key messages for talking about various issues.

PFLAG of Northern Virginia

"PFLAG Northern Virginia is a member-based organization of Parent, Families and Friends of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community."

"We want our children, our brothers and sisters, our cousins, our nephews and nieces, and our friends to be able to freely and comfortably live their lives. We want them to have all the rights afforded to the heterosexual community."

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