Reconciling in Christ
Immanuel Lutheran Chicago welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) persons and allies into our fellowship and to the Eucharistic table with true equality and affirmation.
In 1984 Lutherans Concerned/North America started the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program to recognize Lutheran congregations that welcome LGBTQIA+ believers. Immanuel Lutheran Church was proud to become an RIC congregation in 1996
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is the national expression of the church and welcomes LGBTGIA+ clergy. In August 2009 the ELCA voted at its Churchwide Assembly to recognize committed same-sex relationships and to welcome practicing LGBTQIA+ clergy to serve in its congregations. We celebrate the long-awaited dawning of a new day in the ELCA!
Members of the LBGTQIA+ community are children of God whom God created and whom God loves as God loves all creation. Therefore, people of all sexual orientations participate fully as members and lay leaders at all levels in our congregation. We need you to help us make Christianity consistent with the embracing love of Jesus, to help the churches move from a culture of denial to a culture of affirmation of all gifts, including your sexuality.
Public Transportation: We are conveniently located about two blocks from the #22 Clark bus and a ten-minute walk from the Thorndale red line station.
Parking: On Sundays, parking is available at Senn High School (5900 N Glenwood Ave) half a block south of the church. An accessible drop-off location is located directly in front of the church entrance on Elmdale Ave.