A St. Louis church affiliated with the PCA — the conservative Reformed denomination of the Presbyterian church — hosted an LGBT arts festival last week.
Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri, partnered with the Q Collective, an LGBT group that "explores the spectrum of gender, sexuality, and romantic orientation," for its 2020 Transluminate arts festival. The festival was aimed at celebrating "transgender, agender, non-binary, genderqueer, and genderfluid artists."
The festival was held at The Chapel, a venue owned and operated by Memorial Presbyterian Church. The space is used to support artists' "music, artwork, theatrical expression, or an eclectic combination thereof [that] brings joy to our Creator and beauty to our city," according to the website.
This year's Transluminate festival is not the church's first foray into LGBT subjects. In 2018, the PCA church hosted the Revoice conference as a celebration of "gay culture."
Memorial Presbyterian Church pastor Greg Johnson, who announced he was gay last summer, spoke at Revoice in 2019 and is slated to speak again this year.
The church released a statement Thursday claiming that it does not endorse art at The Chapel.