Uh….Non-Binary Lutheran Reveals: ‘PRIDE is Wearing a Crop Top at the Lectern, Showing a Little Skin’
Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine, MN, is led by impastor Sarah E. Moat and has the distinction of being one of the more progressive “churches” we’ve ever come across. A quintessential Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation, pastrix Moat is not content to refer to LGBTQ peeps with that moniker but insists on doing the whole ‘LGBTQIA2S+’ each time (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or gender expansive, queer and/or questioning, intersex, asexual, and two-spirit) lest she exclude someone.
She explains that they formed a welcoming team in 2020 “with a focus on ensuring that “LGBTQIA2S+ people have a safe space within the church.” One of the first things the team did was to “encourage the staff and congregation to begin identifying themselves with personal pronouns.”
The staff add personal pronouns to their email signatures, and they instruct congregants, “The next time you have to introduce yourself, include your personal pronouns after you say your name.” Ironically, they’ve culled any gendered language as part of their worship services, no longer using terms like “men” and “women” and only referring to God as ‘God’ rather than using the “He” pronouns as revealed in the Bible.
During their 2023 Pride Sunday service, one member gives a bizarre testimony of what Pride means to him, and it resolves around the towel on his head he wore up to the stage, a whole lot more.