RECONCILING IN CHRIST
The Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod is in the process of becoming a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Synod. The RIC team will present a welcome statement at the 2023 Synod Assembly for approval. If passed, the A-OK Synod would then be recognized by Reconciling Works as a place that is working on welcoming and including people of all gender identities, sexualities, and races.
Part of the RIC Team’s work is to not just find ways that we can be inclusive at the synod level, but to also help congregations be more welcoming to all of God’s people in their own churches and ministries. If your congregation is interested in becoming RIC, or at least exploring the process, please check out Reconciling Works website, especially their information about the RIC process and the “Building an Inclusive Church” document. Also let Pastor Becca know so the A-OK RIC team can support you in your process.
Reconciling Works has a fantastic selection of resources on their website. Our RIC Team has also found some great resources to help you and your congregation learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community and how you can be more inclusive and welcoming in your ministry and personal life.
Here are a few of our favorites: