Spirit Day: Faith Communities
Encourage your church, synagogue, mosque, worship center, or meeting space to get involved in Spirit Day!
- Deck your worship space out in purple for the week – Banners!
- Invite everyone to wear purple and snap a photo
- Encourage a message about anti-bullying
- Plan worship themed about anti-bullying
- Sing songs reflecting Spirit Day. Suggestions are below
- Ask your youth group to look at anti-bullying resources:
- Show the film, Hineini : Coming Out in a Jewish High School
- Educate the adults about what high school is like for LGBT youth
- Share Accompaniment: A Resource for Youth Leaders with the adult leaders in your faith community
- Encourage congregation members to wear purple on October 17th and at a worship service before to October 17th. Take a photo!
- Announce Spirit Day on your congregation’s marquis or exterior sign
- Invite congregation members to take the Spirit Day Pledge. Use your congregational newsletter, or set up lap top computers after worship for people to go to GLAAD’s Spirit Day Page
- Change your congregational web site purple
- Take steps to make your congregation actively welcoming of LGBT people. Kulanu: A New Guide for Congregations has wonderful suggestions
- Bring your place of worship to visit with school officials and government leaders to offer support for safe schools
- Write an opinion piece/letter to the editor, explaining why you and your place of worship are participating in Spirit Day
- Catholics: Visit Catholics for #SpiritDay
- All Saints Episcopal changed their church sign
- The Unitarian Universalist Church in Waterville, Maine, showed "It Gets Better" clips and read "What Was I Afraid Of" by Dr. Seuss.
- The United Church of Christ turned it's logo purple
For more ideas or suggestions, or to suggest your own, contact Ross Murray, GLAAD's Director of Religion, Faith & Values, at email@example.com
Check out other faith groups participating:
Check out other congregations participating:
- Beth Chayim Chadashim
- The Church of Saint Francis Xavier: A Roman Catholic Parish
- Congregation Sha'ar Zahav
- Druid Hills United Methodist Church
- Eden Theological Seminary Common Grounds
- Holy Angels Catholic Community
- Journey Fellowship
- Metropolitan Community Church of New York
- Middle Collegiate Church
- St. James Lutheran Church
- Travis Park United Methodist Church
What is Spirit Day?
Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy -- participants are asked to simply "go purple" on October 17th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Learn more & go purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday.