Welcome & Reconciling Team


We are an official team of the NE MN Synod made up of Rostered and lay persons who are members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies. We are passionate about calling more PROCLAIM candidates in our synod.


We partner with congregation councils and call committees to understand the blessings that come with calling a PROCLAIM candidate. We help clarify misinterpreted scripture regarding LGBTQ+ people. We also discuss with congregation members how to welcome and love our LGBTQ+ family members and neighbors and include them in all aspects of church life.

How to Invite Us to Partner with Your Congregation and When:

We find it most helpful when we begin a partnership at the beginning of your call process, but we can meet with your congregation members anytime before or after you have called a new Rostered Minister. Contact us through the synod office at (218) 724-4424.

Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Synod — Info Sessions

To discover if the Northeastern Minnesota Synod is ready to make the commitment to become a RIC Synod, the Welcome and Reconciling ministry team will hold a quarterly gatherings in each of the five conferences of our synod. These gatherings will include discussion, education, and resourcing around a topic.

Becoming RIC Synod Fall 2023 Info Sessions

First Forums — What Welcome Means

Sunday, September 10                2:30 PM at Messiah – Mountain Iron

Thursday, September 28            6:30 PM at Grace – Sandstone

Saturday, October 14                   Info Session as part of the Walking Together event

Saturday, November 11               10 AM at Salem – Hermantown

Monday, December 4                  6:30 PM at Faith – Isle

Second Forums — Lenses for Interpreting the Bible

Saturday, December 2                 2:00 PM at Jessie Lake LC in Talmoon

Saturday, January 20                  10:00 AM at Gloria Dei, Duluth

Sunday, January 21                     3:00 PM at First LC, Hinckley

Sunday, February 25                   2:00 PM at Trinity LC, Cook

Saturday, March 9                       10:30 AM at First Lutheran, Little Falls

Third Forums — Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Terminology

Saturday, March 2                       10:30 AM at Zion Lutheran in Cloquet

Saturday, March 23                     10:30 AM at Bethany Lutheran in Onamia

Sunday, April 21                            2:00 PM at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Virginia

Thursday, May 16                          5:30 PM at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Duluth




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