Whereas, the ELCA social statement on human sexuality titled “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” holds four distinct positions for people of varying bound consciences to coexist, including a position that has resulted in the full inclusion for members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the life and leadership of the church in various contexts and expressions; and

Whereas, the life and work of Jesus Christ often emphasizes the inclusion of marginalized and oppressed people, and the mission statement and core values of Living Water Ministries calls the organization to serve “all of God’s children” and uphold a “Welcome to all”; therefore be it

Resolved, that the [Synod Name]* approves of Living Water Ministries entering the process to become a Reconciling in Christ organization which would result in Living Water Ministries discerning and seeking this designation, publicly declaring its intent and ability to provide safe space for all constituents including those who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and formally revising policies and procedures as necessary to do so.

*This resolution will be presented at both the North/West Lower Michigan Synod and Southeast Michigan Synod assemblies that occur in May of 2022.