European Forum

of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups

2012 ReconcilingWorks, Washington DC, USA 2012

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The conference Reconciling Works 2012, the biennial assembly of Lutherans Concerned / North America and Reconciling in Christ conference. Reconciling Works 2012 was held in Washington, DC July 6—10, 2012. Gard Realf Sandaker-Nielsen represented the European Forum and wrote this report.

First of all I would like to thank The European Forum for giving me the possibility to participate in the biannual conference to ReconcilingWorks in Washington DC July 6 to 10 2012. I had some inspiring, fun, challenging and rewarding days in DC.

There is so much to say. It was wonderful to meet so many proud LGBT Lutherans, it was inspiring to see what they have accomplished, and I was encouraged to take some of their ideas into action. They have accomplished much for LGBT in The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).

And I just love their new logo!

It was wonderful to hear the presiding bishop in the ELCA, Rev. Mark Hanson, preaching about the church – and God – he believes in. Read his keynote address! Check also the ELCA-bishop in his It Gets Better video on youtube. Imagine if all bishops could say this!