The Sanctuary will be open at the noon hour and we will offer ashes and blessing at the front door.
The evening Ash Wednesday liturgy will begin at 7 PM in Lyman Hall (Use Center Street Door.) We will offer both traditional ash and Glitter Ash.
What is Glitter+Ash Wednesday?
● Ash Wednesday is a day when Christians receive the mark of the cross on their foreheads to begin the 40 days of reflection and repentance in preparation for Easter.
● Glitter Ashes lets the world know that we are progressive, queer-positive Christians. We are in the pews, in the pulpits and giving glitter ashes in the street to those who either may not have time to goto a church—or may have been rejected by a church.
Why are we doing this?
● The public face of Christianity is often a face of intolerance — especially toward LGBTQ people. There are millions of Christians who believe that the Gospel commands us to love, not hate. Glitter ashes are a witness to an inclusive Christian message.
● It is commonly believed that the God of Christianity condemns LGBTQ people. This is “fake news,” not the Good News of Jesus.
● 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.
● By becoming visible, we show our faith in God who empowers us and wants us to repent of hurting each other. We want people to see how important our faith is to us,
How many churches are doing this?
● Glitter Ash Wednesday is March 1 and the movement is catching fire. Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) is encouraging its churches to participate. We have sites in Nevada, St. Louis, Birmingham, Chicago, Lansing, MI. and many others.
Click here to read more about Glitter Ashes.