Resources for the LGBTQIA+ Community




This is Christ's church. There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person – questions, complexities and all.




ELCA social statement on human sexuality

Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust expresses ELCA teaching on human sexuality. A social statement is a teaching and policy document that assists us in thinking about and discussing social issues in the context of faith and society. This statement was adopted in 2009 and provides guidance on matters like marriage, family and same-gender relationships.

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Living Lutheran

LGBTQIA+ voices and ministries in
Living Lutheran

We are a church that values and encourages diverse voices and lively dialogue.

Find articles authored by LGBTQIA+ church leaders and stories about ministries that affirm people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in Living Lutheran magazine and on

Living Lutheran



Supplimental Marriage Resources

Evangelical Lutheran Worship
Service of Marriage:
Supplemental Resources

This marriage service supplement offers inclusive language for all couples who seek to be married within this church.

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Talking Together

A Guide for Talking Together about Shared Ministry with Same-Sex Couples and Their Families

This four-part conversation series supports congregations as they minister to and with same-sex couples and their families.

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We celebrate
LGBTQIA+ siblings

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares a message celebrating the gifts of our LGBTQIA+ siblings and acknowledges the struggles many are enduring against those who want to take away their civil and human rights. This church loves you and supports you.

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Bishop Statement on Anti-Trans Legislation

In recognition of Transgender Day of Visibility, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton calls on the church to recognize and affirm the humanity of our transgender and nonbinary siblings and faithfully advocate for their dignity.

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The gift of our
LGBTQIA+ siblings

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton celebrates the ways this church and this country have been enriched by the gifts of LGBTQIA+ people.

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ELCA presiding bishop praises SCOTUS decision on LGBTQIA+ rights

The court's decision is an important recognition of equal protection under the law for LGBTQIA+ people and for all.

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Resources from ReconcilingWorks, an Independent Lutheran Organization

ReconcilingWorks is an independent Lutheran, membership-supported organization for the full welcome, inclusion and equity of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their church, congregations and community.


The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations and ministry communities that have made a public commitment to welcome, include and celebrate LGBTQIA+ people.

Find a RIC community

Interested in learning more? ReconcilingWorks offers educational resources for Lutheran congregations. The best place to begin the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Journey is with the Building an Inclusive Church (BIC) toolkit and training.

educational resources