Until All Are Free, July 31–Aug 2, 2015
You are invited to participate in "Until All Are Free," ReconcilingWorks 2015 Assembly and Reconciling In Christ Conference. "Until All Are Free" will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 31—August 2, 2015. Pre-events will take place July 30.
“Until all are free, no one is free.” When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached these words, he echoed the timeless value of “do unto others” as well as the renewed understanding of the freedom found in the Spirit of Christ. The theme of “Until All Are Free” will guide the work of this assembly as we give thanks for progress made and as we look toward the work still to be done:
- Although over 500 congregations in the Lutheran church publicly state a welcome to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions, we know this number represents only five percent of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
- Even in the face of great advances in the freedom to marry, there are still 32 states in the U.S. where people can be fired from their jobs or evicted from their housing because of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
- Despite world-wide recognition of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., his vision for the Beloved Community, a community where love and justice is lived experience for all, is far from realized.
Participants attending “Until All Are Free” will network with one another, hearing stories of joy and challenge, exploring ways to live out the work of reconciliation in the Lutheran tradition. Throughout the assembly, participants will explore justice issues, focusing on the intersection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people and racial justice efforts, political justice issues and strategy, and the work that still needs to be done in the Lutheran Church. ReconcilingWorks will also hold business sessions where members and partners will play an integral part in guiding our organization over the next three years.
Participants will worship together and with the Twin Cities community. “Until All Are Free” will employ a rich variety of traditions to provide a blend of the familiar and the unique, drawing on our Lutheran heritage and the wealth of liturgical practice in the area.
Time will also be spent learning from each other about new organizing methods and strategies to take back to our communities, working to ensure "welcome" is a lived experience for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people and their families—and that nobody is free until all are free.