Newslent 2023

Lent 2023 (Creation Justice).
February 26 – March 26

God calls us to be good stewards of earth’s resources. We are called to live in harmony with one another and the land, water, sky, plants, and animals. We know that we have made mistakes and caused harm to our environment. It is time to repent and make behavioral changes that promote reconciliation, peace, and flourishing. Our theme for the five weeks of Lent is CREATION JUSTICE. The call to creation justice is a call to protect, restore, and rightly share God’s Creation.

What’s your role? Is there a Lenten spiritual practice that you can adopt for five weeks that might encourage a deeper connection with nature, your body, and/or God’s creation? Maybe you want to dig in the dirt and plant a new garden? Maybe you want to volunteer at a shelter that helps needy animals? Maybe you want to make plans for a weekly walk in the woods? Maybe you want to take better care of your body by eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest? Don’t forget, you are part of God’s creation too!

What restorative practices can you think of that might help you feel more connected to the Divine Creator this Lent?

Opportunities to Engage

Fragility:  Ash Wednesday soup supper and worship, February 22, 6PM soup, 7PM worship

The Ants and the Grasshopper documentary screening, March 1 (pre-register)

Creation 101: a 3 part series on Sunday after worship, March 5, 12 and 26, sponsored by Justice in a Changing Climate

Glimpses of the New Creation:  a 4 part salon and book study on Tuesday evenings, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, sponsored by Arts in Worship

Forest Bathing:  a meditative walk in the woods, Saturday, April 1, sponsored by Religious Education