People of faith and communities of faith are getting into the spirit of Spirit Day. Many faith-based organizations have promoted Spirit Day commemorations for today, October 20, as well as into this weekend. The following is just a sampling of what Christians and Christian organizations are doing to mark Spirit Day.
Andrew Marin, founder of The Marin Foundation, has blogged about why he is wearing purple today. He said in his blog, “It is particularly relevant and important for those in the Christian community to stand against bullying of LGBT youth given the silence that is often heard from Christian groups or their direct opposition to initiatives that seek to specifically educate others and protect youth from being bullied because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.” He made sure to wear purple for his speaking engagement at Gordon College today. On Twitter, he shared a photo of himself in his purple shirt for the occasion.
Kathy Baldock, who blogs at Canyon Walker Connections, created two videos to promote Spirit Day. Her daughter joins her in the second video, and you get to see some fun family interplay as they promote Spirit Day together.
The Evangelical Network (TEN) did a faithful twist on Spirit Day. In the newsletter to members, TEN asked people to participate in “Holy” Spirit Day. They share with their followers, “We as a Religious community are an important part of the support network for many LGBT youth. As Christians it is our responsibility to speak against bullying and to make sure our religious communities know bullying is not a Christian value.” TEN also shared images for Facebook profile photos that included a purple cross and a purple dove.
Mainline Protestant organizations and denominations are also getting into the spirit of Spirit Day. If you visit the websites of Lutherans Concerned/North America or More Light Presbyterians, you will find mention of and information for Spirit Day. Most mainline Protestant LGBT organizations have been communicating within their own membership about the importance of Spirit Day.
While Spirit Day is being celebrated today, many churches are going to be including Spirit Day as a part of their worship this weekend. Many congregations have encouraged their members to wear purple to worship. If your congregation would like to participate, there is still time. Be sure to visit the faith page on the Spirit Day web site for ideas of how you can mark Spirit Day. Be sure to share any photos or videos with us at GLAAD!