A newly ordained Chicago pastor disguises himself as a transvestite to lead church services with the children.
Aaron Musser, who was ordained this summer, can be seen addressing children from a pulpit in his church wearing a blonde wig, white robe and make-up before spreading the word of the Lord to the children of his parish at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Logan Square.
The event took place last Sunday and saw Musser reading a religious book on Joy to a group of children.
Chicago Lutheran pastor offered prayer time for children in his church
Aaron Musser, who was ordained this summer, donned a blonde wig, white dress and makeup to share worship with children in his ward
Musser released a church statement saying his teaching in drag was to teach “joy.”
âI have a great story to share with you today,â Musser could be heard recounting the story as he shook his hair to each side. The post-millennium.
âI’m also a boy most of the time when I’m here, but today I’m a girl,â he explained.
Musser wrote in an ad on Facebook: âThe sixth Sunday in Advent is a Sunday of rejoicing. This is a chance for us to rehearse what a life of joy might look like. It’s a dress rehearsal. en drag is a theological reflection on joy: joy overflows so abundantly that it cannot help but make itself known. By weaving together the theme of the day, the queer theory and the texts of the lectionary, we will ârehearse togetherâ for joy.
The lesson was also broadcast on Zoom allowing many other parishioners to attend
Musser is openly gay, as reported on his personal Facebook page
The ad stated that “Aaron Seminary” would “preach in the drag!” Adding that the church wanted everyone “to wear clothes / accessories that make you feel 100% like the best version of yourself.”
Musser openly writes about incorporating âQueernessâ into his teachings, stating âthat Queerness is beautiful and a rightâ in one of his Facebook posts.
âQueer sexualities, gender identities and gender expressions spring from the depths of our being. We are who we are. And we can speak our truth, âhe wrote on his personal Facebook page.
Musser took the time to have photos with other church staff before posting them online
Musser wrote in an ad on Facebook: âThe sixth Sunday in Advent is a Sunday of rejoicing. This is a chance for us to rehearse what a life of joy might look like. It’s a dress rehearsal. weaving together today’s theme, queer theory, and lectionary texts, we will ârehearse togetherâ for joy.
âHomosexuality is sacred. Some straight guys don’t believe we’re telling the truth, “notes Musser, adding that he also has a political angle:” If you vote red, you vote against me and my rights.
In a candid post on the Church’s Facebook page, Musser said it was some time before many people experienced “joy.”
âIt has been so difficult to know what that joy will be, because it has been so long since some of us have been happy. It has been two difficult and tiring years.
“And I decided instead of telling you ‘this is how I want you to be merry’, as we get ready for this dress rehearsal, I figured I would put on a dress like so many of those instead. who inspired me did so I decided to follow their example, showing that liberation from oppressive laws opens the way to joy.
âBut allowing yourself to feel joy can be scary. I wasn’t sure how the outside world would treat me when they saw me this morning. Joy is hard to feel, it is vulnerable. But isn’t it so beautiful? he stated.
There have been many messages of support online although the church has suspended comments
There were a lot of support posts online.
âThank you for your inspiring and stimulating message of great joy! Kristin Engstrom wrote.
âAaron, this is really amazing,â added Taylor Walker.
âThank you for sharing the joy with us today! I really feel it, so thank you! I needed it!’ said Liz Frey.
âAn incredible message! Thank you for sharing this beautiful joy! ‘ John Thomas Sipf agreed.
Despite the positivity being broadcast online, the church has now stopped posting comments.
âWe have frozen comments on this post for now. We appreciate all the love and encourage you to continue praying for full inclusion, affirmation and justice for LGBTQIA + people in the church, âthe church wrote.
Musser’s Dragster Tale Hour is one of many similar events that have sprung up across the country in recent years.
Once upon a time, in 2015, a San Francisco writer named Michelle Tea came up with the idea for “Drag Queen Story Hour”: men hanging out reading children’s books to children and parents in the city. part of programs designed to provide ‘positive and unabashed queer role models.’
Since then, the Drag Queen Story Hours have been held in libraries or bookstores in major cities, including Los Angeles, New York, and New Orleans, which loves costumes.
In some smaller communities, the programs have sparked protests from conservative and religious groups, but Chicago, where Musser preaches, is on the cusp of the Republican Midwest while being in a far left Democratic city.