Glitter Ash Wednesday at Pikes Peak MCC

Pikes Peak MCC will participate in the national #GlitterAshWednesday movement on March 1, 2017.


Pikes Peak MCC will participate in #GlitterAshWednesday on Wednesday, March 1.  Rev. Alycia Erickson, Pastor of Pikes Peak MCC, said, “We will participate in this national movement as a way to witness to hope, even in very challenging times, by marking our bodies with blended symbols of mortality and resurrection.”

Pro-LGBTQ Christians across the country will “come out” on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017, as part of #GlitterAshWednesday, announced today by the Rev. Marian Edmonds Allen, executive director of Parity, one of the lead organizers of the new initiative.

“Ash Wednesday is a day when Christians are highly visible,” the Rev. Edmonds Allen said. “Glitter Ash Wednesday will demonstrate that LGBTQ Christians and our allies are passionate about our faith, and about seeking justice and wholeness for LGBTQ communities and other marginalized people.”

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season of self-reflection and preparation for Easter. The imposition of ashes on the forehead, a traditional practice that “marks” Christians with the sign of the cross, takes place in Christian churches and communities worldwide, as well as in parks, commuter rail stations and other public spaces. Participants in #GlitterAshWednesday will receive ashes mixed with purple glitter, combining a traditional symbol of repentance with a message of solidarity.

The Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, said: “MCC is a proud partner with Parity in queering Ash Wednesday, through glitter ashes and any other way that LGBTQ+ people choose to be present and visible during the holy season of Lent. Glitter ashes represent a call to deeply consider longheld traditions and ways that we mark our bodies as present and visible. In this season, we will shimmer in the presence of our Creator.”

How can I participate?

The church will be open for the imposition of ashes, prayer and meditation from 7:30 am – 7 pm. Anyone may stop by to receive Glitter or regular ashes during those hours.

Pikes Peak MCC will also have an Ash Wednesday worship service at 7 pm.

News Stories about Glitter Ash Wednesday:

USA Today: “‘Glitter Ash Wednesday’ hopes to sparkle for LGBT Christians, supporters”

Religion News Service: “Glitter Ash Wednesday’ sparkles for LGBT Christians and others”


Brandan Robertson at PPMCC

Pikes Peak MCC is honored to have Brandan Robertson preach on Sunday, February 12.

Brandan Robertson is an author, thought-leader, and contemplative activist working at the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and social renewal.

Brandan is the author of Nomad: A Spirituality For Travelling Light and writes regularly for PatheosBeliefnet, and The Huffington PostHe has published countless articles in respected outlets such as TIME, NBC, The Washington Post, Religion News Service, and Dallas Morning News.  As sought out commentator of faith, culture, and public life, he is a regular contributor to national media outlets and has been interviewed by outlets such as MSNBCNPR, SiriusXM, TIME Magazine, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Associated Press.

Acclaimed as one of “the most hope-inspiring young Christian leaders”, Brandan speaks to diverse audiences around the globe and has been an honored guest speaker at a wide range of venues, from lecturing on spirituality at Oxford University, teaching on LGBT+ rights at the Parliament of the Worlds Religions, to speaking at the White House on the impact of spiritual bullying. He is an emerging leader in the interspiritual and interfaith movements, previously working with Interfaith Alliance, The U.S. Peace Corps first interfaith panel, and with The Convergence, an evolutionary spirituality collective. He is the host of the popular Traveling Light podcast, where he explores the deep questions of life with some of the most influential though-leaders in the world today.

He is the founder and executive director of Satori Strategies, a consulting firm and strategy center dedicated to helping organizations foster spiritual, social, and political evolution, as well as Nomad Partnerships, a non-profit working to equip and empower faith leaders around the world to be fierce advocates for human rights. He served as the immediate past national spokesperson of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality and has served on the U.S. State Department’s Working Group on Religion and LGBT+ Rights, The Democratic National Conventions LGBT+ Advisory Board, and the Humane Societies Millennial Faith Leader Advisory Board.

Brandan earned his Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Ministry & Theology from Moody Bible Institute and is pursuing his Masters of Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

Join us in worship on Sunday, February 12 at 10 am. Open to the public!


PPMCC is proud to host a screening of UPSTAIRS INFERNO, the critically acclaimed film by Robert Camina, on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Suggested donation: $10. UPSTAIRS INFERNO is a full length documentary about the 2nd largest gay mass murder in U.S. history.

Friday, April 7, 2017
6:30 PM at Pikes Peak MCC
1102 S. 21st St.
Suggested donation: $10

Discussion following the screening will be facilitated
by Dr. Jonelle Neighbor

Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church is proud to host a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary UPSTAIRS INFERNO. Robert Camina wrote, produced and directed the film.

We in MCC particularly care about this film because several members of  MCC New Orleans were killed in the fire, including two clergy. You may also find information about the screening on our Facebook page.  For more information, please contact Rev. Alycia Erickson.

UPSTAIRS INFERNO is a full length documentary about the 2nd largest gay mass murder in U.S. history. On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. For 43 years, the deadly fire was the “Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. history”. Despite the staggering historical significance, few people know about the tragedy.

UPSTAIRS INFERNO – Trailer 1 [HD] ( from Camina Entertainment on Vimeo.

Screen capture from UPSTAIRS INFERNO

Thirty-two people were killed and some bodies were never identified. One-third of the New Orleans chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church were killed in the blaze, including two clergy.

The primary suspect was never charged with the crime. The tragedy did not stop at the loss of lives. There were also the delayed injuries: lost jobs, fear, public ridicule and severed families. The devastation was compounded by the homophobic reactions and utter lack of concern by the general public, government and religious leaders. The fire permanently altered lives and was the root of many lifelong struggles.

Screen capture from
Photo credit: Camina Entertainment

UPSTAIRS INFERNO is the most comprehensive, compassionate and authoritative film about the fire and its aftermath. However, UPSTAIRS INFERNO isn’t simply a stagnant exposition of facts. UPSTAIRS INFERNO pulls humanity into the headlines by shining a light on the very painful effect the tragedy had on survivors, witnesses and loved ones. Their interviews are gut wrenching, yet insightful. Some of the people interviewed in the film haven’t publicly discussed the fire until now, especially on camera. Many granted the production exclusive on-camera interviews. The documentary also features interviews with historians and experts on the fire. Police reports, crime scene photographs, personal photographs, newspaper clippings and video clips from local news stations are also featured in the film.

The tragedy eliminated some beautiful people from our city and unfortunately, most people will neither care nor recognize the loss. 

-Richard Hargrove, States-Item, June 30, 1973

Crowd at Up Stairs Lounge Photo credit: Johnny Townsend

With the assistance of narrator, CHRISTOPHER RICE (famed New Orleanian and New York Times best selling author), these emotional interviews tell the little known story about how this neighborhood bar became the notorious site of a horrific tragedy which would permanently alter their lives and the course of the gay rights movement in New Orleans.

UPSTAIRS INFERNO is different than any other project the public has ever seen about the fire!UPSTAIRS INFERNO reveals facts audiences have never heard and it uncovers long lost artifacts, interviews and archival footage few people have ever seen.