KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Two Evangelical Lutheran churches in the metro are having special Ash Wednesday services for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community.
They call it Glitter Ash Wednesday, and it’s a way to make LGBTQ people feel more welcome in church.
Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance before lent starts, and the Lutheran pastors heading this Glitter Ash Wednesday event say the church needs to repent for how they’ve treated LGBTQ people in the past. They say all people need to know they are accepted.
This comes after the controversial vote last week by the United Methodist Church to condemn gay marriage and not allow LGBTQ people to be ordained.
The Lutheran Church of America voted in their general assembly in 2009 to let each individual congregation decide their own stance on LGBTQ people in clergy.
“My hope for the future is that the church will become much more welcoming than it has been. That the church will learn to not just accept, but affirm the identities of people who are gay and lesbian and transgender and bisexual,” said Pastor Donna Simon of St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church.
Salem Lutheran Church in Lenexa and Saint Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran church in Kansas City both allow it.
They’re inviting the LGBTQ community to Glitter Ash Wednesday services at 12:15 p.m
The glitter is supposed to represent hope for their future in Christ and celebration of their identities.
“We are a safe place for them and hopefully if they are seeking to be part of a Christian community, we are here for them,” said pastor Dave Whetter of Salem Lutheran.
This event was planned before the United Methodist Church decision.