Respect, Love, Community Pride at RLC


Pride matters to Resurrection, because we know how important it is to say “out loud” what we practice and believe. You should not have to guess whether you will be welcomed and affirmed in any community of faith, and LGBTQ+ persons don’t have to guess at RLC.

Respect, Love, Community means anyone who shares in the life of this congregation shares all of it. That means full inclusion – no exclusions, no fine print.

Resurrection Lutheran Church was proud to walk in the #IndyPride2019 Parade for the first time on Saturday, June 8!

A word of welcome

I knew I’d found a special place when RLC called me, an out gay man, to be one of their pastors.  Speaking my truth as a faith leader is an incredible, empowering gift.  Seeing this congregation take its truth to the streets for Pride is a little piece of heaven, and it means I can say with lots of joy and zero hesitation that you are welcome here, too. – Pastor Ryan Bailey

Shortly after I was ordained and serving my first congregation, I was having lunch with a new worship guest and he asked me, “How would the congregation respond to having an openly gay member?” I told him that I was not sure but would stand beside him and we could find out together. He became the first openly gay member of Third Lutheran Church in Louisville, KY – 25 years later, the congregation is now served by a pastor in a same-gender marriage. Here at Resurrection, I end every opening worship greeting with these words, “… with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we say ‘Welcome home – there is a place here for you.’” This congregation lives out these words – and the message of our Welcome Statement – every day of the year. Indy Pride is special opportunity to live out God’s love for everyone – no exceptions. – Pastor Mitch Phillips


More photos from #IndyPride2019