Our Church Partners
Reformation is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) with about 4 million members across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton serves as the ELCA presiding bishop. Lutherans in North America trace our roots back through the mid-17th century when immigrants came to America from Europe settling in the Virgin Islands and the area that is now New York. Today, the ELCA shares full communion relationships with the Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Moravian, Reformed, Methodist, and United Church in Christ.
The ELCA is part of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), which is a global communion of 144 churches in the Lutheran tradition, representing over 72 million Christians in 98 countries. Liberated by God’s grace, LWF is a communion in Christ living and working together for a just, peaceful, and reconciled world. There are many more Lutherans in Africa than in North America—5.6 million in Tanzania, 5.5 million in Ethiopia. There are more Lutherans in Indonesia (4.17 million) than in Norway (3.99 million). Bishop Munib Younan, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, serves as the LWF president.
Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community. In relationships built through outreach and education, ReconcilingWorks shares Christ's message, the Gospel, which is for everyone equally.
As a congregation, we support and advocate for systemic change in policy and practice in church and society, working to alleviate not only the painful symptoms of oppression but also to eliminate its root causes.
Lutheran Church of the Reformation has been a committed Reconciling in Christ congregation since 1987. We welcome all LGBTQ+ persons and families to the life and leadership of our congregation.