Halloween is a celebratory time during which children (and sometimes even adults) dress up in costume, go door-to-door and subsequently eat a plethora of candy.
But while the holiday is looked at by many as a fun-filled celebration, others view it through a more negative lens. Enter "Jesus Ween," an alternative, Christian movement that seeks to put a more positive spin in Halloween.
Now, by relying only on the Jesus Ween web site, it's somewhat difficult to pinpoint exactly what the group hopes to accomplish. On the site, a description reads:
Jesus Ween is a non for Profit Organisation also known as JesusWin. We are focused on helping people live a better life. We educate people on how best to relate with non for profit organisations that publish devotionals, daily bread and Bibles. We also focused on helping people feel comfortable with volunteering with institutions that help the poor. Throughout the year and especially from October 31st till November 15th we hold several seminars on various helpful topics.
Sort of a vague description, no? The following video, posted on the group's YouTube page, does a much better job summing up Jesus Ween's goals:
The group is very active on Facebook and Twitter, where it encourages Christians to distribute books and Bible-based literature on Halloween. Below, see a picture that was posted on Facebook, which also provides an overview regarding what celebrating Jesus Ween entails:
Gawker's Seth Abramovitch reached out to the man behind the movement, Pastor Paul Ade. Ade, who apparently runs a church in Calgary, Canada, created Jesus Ween as an alternative to Halloween. Abramovitch asked the pastor why he opposes the holiday so much and Ade's response was as follows:
"I think it's an activity that doesn't have anything to do with Christians. And I think many Christian families are not knowledgeable to what it's all about. Halloween is not consistent with the Christian faith. Many people say they feel uncomfortable on that day. We think people should choose an alternative activity."
Below, see a screen shot from the group's Facebook page, which showcases some of the examples of alternative activities that Christians who wish to celebrate Jesus Ween may partake in (already, the group has more than 2,000 likes on the social media platform):
Pastor Ade's take on Halloween may seen a bit odd to some, but for select Christian denominations, the holiday is viewed as being too rooted in the occult. So, churches who find it offensive often hold alternative events on October 31 each year.
These alternative celebrations, which generally include candy, games and the like, place a focus on the more positive elements of spirituality.