Robert and Steve are so pumped about what could be an amazing annual event, "Liturgy of the Forsaken: An Anthology of Stories and Struggle".
In many Christian denominations, during the Easter season we tend to skip over the heartache, darkness, and tension of Good Friday, in order to celebrate the joys of Resurrection Sunday.
But it is in holding tension with those who are suffering, ostracized, or marginalized that we find Christ.
It's so easy to forget about the somber notes surrounding the Last Supper, or the tension of the Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus was arrested. Can you imagine what it must have felt like after Jesus was crucified? What if you were one of the Disciples, gathering in darkness to discuss the possibility of the resurrection not happening?
This year, on Good Friday, April 14th, at 8pm, we are creating a safe place so that our neighbors know they aren't alone. We want you to know that there is a faith community (even if it exists online) where your fears matter as much as your faith. During this night of confessions and community, you won't be ostracized for your doubts, disabilities, diseases, lifestyle, mental illnesses, or for any other reason that may have kept you from participating in a faith community until now.
We are creating a space where everyone and everything belongs. We want you to join us in communion with the darkness and doubts that come before all the answers make sense. We want to sit with our struggles and questions and remind each other that God meets us here, too.
How will this work?
On Friday, April 14th at 8pm EST, we will begin "Liturgy of the Forsaken: An Anthology of Stories and Struggle," a special LIVE episode of the CXMH Podcast, featuring our dear friend, Liz Edman. Liz has served as a priest in New York City for years and is the author of Queer Virtue. She will provide a brief talk about holding tension with those we love. She'll talk about finding Christ when we experience feelings of abandonment, fear, and uncertainty. She'll discuss the importance of doubts, identity, and more. This will be a brief but encouraging, life-changing liturgy that you don't want to miss!
What makes this night most special is the fact that participants will be able to email their anonymous confession to a specified email address to have their confession shared on-air during the event. No identifying information will be included in the confession.