The website of an awakened church in Illinois states that during Lent, the church will not use any music or liturgy created by white individuals.
A section of the home page of the First United Church of Oak Park website is titled “Lent 2022: Fasting for Whiteness.”
“For Lent this year, First United is doing a mix of ‘give something’ and ‘take something’. In our worship services throughout Lent, we will not be using any music or liturgy written or composed by whites. Our music will be drawn from the African American spiritual tradition, South African freedom songs, Native American traditions, and much, much more,” the website reads. “For Lent, it is our prayer that in our spiritual disciplines, we can grow as Christians, united in the body of Christ with people of all ages, nations, races and backgrounds.”
Turning Point USA posted a photo of a church sign that reads ‘Fasting from Whiteness’ – the sign includes the message: ‘This Lent we are building our worship life around the voices of Black, Indigenous and people of color.”
The church is unabashedly pro-LGBT, stating on its website: “We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into the life and ministry of the church, including ordination, expecting and encouraging them to share their talents and gifts in the life, liturgy, leadership and employment positions of our congregation, as our ministers, teachers, members, visitors and friends.”