Join Me in a Lenten Fast and Awareness

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As you know I’m in an interesting position this Lent, not being in a pastor/rector role in any particular church, but still loving the liturgical seasons of the year. I know it may sound crazy, but I love Lent. I love that the church provides this wonderful season to help us focus on the most important event which ever took place – namely the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord; and to focus on everything that event means to us corporately as the Body of Christ and personally as Children of God.

Since I am in this in-between spot, I still wanted to participate in the traditional practices of Lent through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, but I also wanted to do so with a new and different twist for me personally.  I’ve enrolled and encourage you to prayerfully consider doing so as well in something called The Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast.  One 85-year old woman said “It’s one of the smartest things I’ve ever done!”  Another participant said, “My electric bill dropped $78 monthly on average.”  Each day throughout Lent I will be sent an email encouraging me to cut my carbon footprint in some manner.

(Please do not take this invitation to participate as some political statement that I am pro-this or anti-that. For goodness sake’s folks, I hope we can all agree that we have a global responsibility to care for and love our environment, not just for God’s sake or our sake, but for the sake of our children.)

I’m told the daily activities range from the very simple, like eliminating “vampire” electrical use; to the moderately challenging, such as taking military showers and reducing driving speed; to the more extensive long-term commitments, such as joining a community garden or buying local produce.

To read more information about the Carbon Fast, or to sign up, click here.  Please let me know your thoughts if you do plan on joining us this Lenten season.

Peace friends,

Chuck

 

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