Ash Wednesday: Glitter Ashes to Go
Wednesday, February 14th - 7pm on the Church Porch
with Chaplain Joseph Hepburn and
Reverend Janet Gollery McKeithen
WHAT IS GLITTER+ASH WEDNESDAY?
Ash Wednesday is a Christian ritual, but is open to any person of any faith tradition or no faith tradition. It takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the placing of ashes on the forehead. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of preparation for transformation... sort of like a cleanse! Everyone is welcome for Glitter Ashes.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
The reason we are using Glitter Ashes is to let the world know that we are progressive, queer-positive people of faith. We are giving glitter ashes in the street to those who either may not have time to go to a church—or may have been rejected by a church.
The public face of Christianity and many other faith traditions is often a face of intolerance -- especially toward LGBTQIA+ people. There are millions of Christians and people of other faith traditions who believe that we are called by our faith to love, not hate. Glitter ashes are a witness to an inclusive religious faith.
It is commonly believed that God condemns LGBTQIA+ people. This is “fake news” not the Good News of Jesus or anybody else. Christian condemnation is toxic, doing vast damage to queer people, especially to queer youth—and to their families who are told they should reject their children. The Christian Church has blood on its hands and has a lot of work to do. By becoming visible, we are seeking to witness to a God of love and healing.