Emmanuel is a 
reconciling in Christ
congregation

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 is means to be inclusive and celebrate all people, specifically the LGBTQIA+ community as well as debunk common myths and bible passages used to exclude and harm this community.

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

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Adopted in June 2020

Welcome 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.

OUR UNITY IS IN CHRIST.

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 reside in the Metro D.C. Synod - learn more about the Metro D.C. Synod and the ELCA by clicking below."

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LGBTQ meet up to see Rise Up movie

Join the Reconciling in Christ Team at Emmanuel!

The Reconciling in Christ team consists of members who gracefully engage the congregation in building a culture of welcome and inclusivity at Emmanuel. The team 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 team or joining, please reach out to the team at ric@elcvienna.org. 

Available Resources

LGBTQ+ Young Adult
Mental Health Forum

On Sunday, November 8, 2020 the RIC Committee of Emmanuel presented a forum on LGBTQ+ Young Adult Mental Health: Connecting in Precarious Times. This session was led by Ellen Murphy, LCSW, 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 Northeran 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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