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Get Glitter Ashes-To-Go This Wednesday On The Red Line

Ash Wednesday just got glitzy! A local parish will be offering ashes that are mixed with glitter, and better yet will be administering them for Christians on the go at an Edgewater red line CTA station on February 14.

This will be the second year that Unity Lutheran Church will be doing the service at the Berwyn el stop as well as in front of their church at 1212 West Balmoral. The event, which was started last year by an LGBT group in NYC called Parity (an advocacy group who works mostly in the Presbyterian Church), has grown in popularity. It gives parishes the opportunity to outreach to possible new members as they go about their hectic day, which includes people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

“It was a member of my parish who alerted me to this outreach,” said Unity Lutheran Pastor Fred Kinsey. “He and his partner wanted to share the news that our congregation is welcoming to all people. He also thought this would be a great way to invite new people to church. I had been wanting to do Ashes-To-Go outside our church building for some time and so we added that as well.”

Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. Falling as early as February 4 or as late as March 10, it occurs 46 days before Easter. The ashes are made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday which are placed on one’s forehead in the sign of the cross.

According to the event’s website, ashes are a statement that death and suffering are real and glitter is a sign of our hope – which does not despair. Glitter signals our promise to repent, to show up, to witness, to work. The two symbols blend together to represent both mortality and hope.

“Unity Lutheran has been a welcoming congregation since 2008,” Pastor Kinsey added. “Our evening Ash Wednesday worship is usually lightly attended, but last year we had about 10 first time visitors who came because they had heard of Glitter+Ash. So we were very pleased!”

Ashes-to-go will be administered from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Berwyn CTA Red Line station this Wednesday.

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