Lent is the 40 days of repentance and reflection that invite followers of Jesus to prepare for Easter. Lent is a time to repent, simplify, prioritize, and recommit.
This Lenten season we are invite Christians to give up fear and silence to step into the light in support of LGBTQ+ siblings in Christ. This may mean repentance for past action or belief that excluded and harmed LGBTQ+ people. It may mean acknowledging that silence and inaction contributes to the injustice.
While most churches will say, “Everyone is welcome!” we know that for many churches this welcome has a stained glass ceiling when it comes to LGBTQ+ people. Folks may be welcome to come to a worship service but are they welcome to participate and share their spiritual gifts? Will their family be acknowledged as beloved and blessed by God? When push comes to shove, are LGBTQ+ Christians second class citizens in the church?
Increasingly, folks in the pews are recognizing the incredible harm the church has done to LGBTQ+ people. But they might not know what to do about it.
This Lent we are inviting you to “Tell Your Pastor” that you support full participation and full affirmation of LGBTQ+ people in the church. It can be scary for a pastor to speak out on LGBTQ+ justice if they feel like their church isn’t in a place to process that well. They don’t want to split their church. They don’t want to harm people in their congregation who feel threatened by this conversation.
But imagine the difference it might make if they heard from you!
What if they heard from people throughout their congregation say, “I’m affirming!”
What if they knew that you would support them in taking the risk to stand up and speak out for an equitable welcome to LGBTQ+ people?