Each year, Lutheran Volunteer Corps matches 100-115 full time Volunteers with social justice non-profit organizations across the U.S.
This directory provides an overview of placement positions for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 program years. This list does not reflect the exact positions available for a given program year. About 80% of LVC partner placement organizations re-apply each year and we also have new positions each year that may not yet be on this list.
LVC Applicants see available positions as part of the application and matching process, including more in depth position descriptions. To have the widest choice of positions, apply by our Round 1 January 15th deadline. There are significantly fewer positions available for the Round 2 April 1st deadline. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have particular questions about available positions.
ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation (formerly Lutherans Concerned/North America, Inc.) is a Christian ministry affirming God's love for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Through a grant from the American Lutheran Church, ReconcilingWorks was founded in 1974 as Lutherans Concerned for Gay People. The purpose of the organization was to respond to the needs of gay and lesbian people and advocate for their full inclusion and participation in the Lutheran Church. Chapters were organized across North America to provide ministry and support for gay and lesbian Lutherans, their families and friends within a safe harbor of confidentiality. Members met in biennial convention for mutual support and to conduct the business of the organization. The Reconciling In Christ (RIC) Program was launched in 1984 to roster congregations willing to come out of the closet about welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. There are now nearly 600 Lutheran settings on the RIC roster, including the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. In recent years the organization has begun the essential paradigm shift from sanctuary to advocacy. While the need for a safe and confidential sanctuary still exists in some more rural geographic regions and within more conservative branches of Lutheranism, members and chapters across North America are now working actively to promote full participation in the Lutheran church and in the broader society. In July 2002, the biennial assembly of LC/NA voted to include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the programs and resources of the organization. LC/NA programs are leading the Lutheran Church to acknowledge the spiritual needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons and to welcome LGBT persons into congregational life. Our Vision Statement: 'Freed by God's grace, the body of Christ on earth leads a joyous dance of transformation, integrating sexuality and spirituality, justice and mercy. Through continuous reformation, the Church embraces in holiness and into wholeness people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, strengthening us for authentic, visible, faithful lives. Dedicated to radical reconciliation, the Church falls into the heart of God's passionate intent, co-creating a world without outcasts, calling all to serve as guests and hosts at God's table of blessing and power.' Our Mission Statement: 'Working at the intersection of oppressions, ReconcilingWorks embodies, inspires, advocates and organizes for the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners.'
The RIC Program Assistant would support individuals, congregations, and other faith communities in becoming places of intentional welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The Volunteer would encourage and support congregations in developing, implementing, and reporting on a process of relationship-building and education through phone calls, mail (both direct and electronic), and social media. The Volunteer would educate the public on the mission and ministry of the organization through social media