Here’s something we can definitely get behind: To show support to the LGBTQ community, several churches in Chicago will be celebrating, ehem, Glitter Ash Wednesday. Uh huh, as in mixed into the ashes from the usual burnt palm is fun purple glitter.
According to Fox News, the initiative was created by the New York faith-based organization “Parity” which focuses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Their goal is “to combine the message of solidarity and support with the traditional symbol of lent – repentance.”
April Gutierrez, Berry United Methodist Pastor said that they want to make sure that the Christian message is all about love and inclusivity.
“I think it’s really important for the church to respond to the intolerance and culture of fear that is being created especially toward LGBTQ people,” she added.
Unity Lutheran Church in Edgewater, Holy Covenant Metropolitan Community Church in Brookfield, and Berry United Methodist Church in Lincoln Square are some of the churches that participates the ‘Glitter Ash Wednesday’.
Good job, Chicago. Now we wonder: will we ever see the same joy in the Philippines?
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