Living lent is about recognising that changing our climate is not just an activity, but a lifestyle. We can buy a reusable coffee cup, but not ask who grew our coffee and how much they were paid, or we can refuse a plastic bag whilst buying fast fashion from a child sweatshop. This Lent, we want to explore as a community, what it means to open ourselves up to whole-life change for the climate.
Living Lent is not just about one decision to change…
It’s about hungering and thirsting for righteousness, in our relationship with God and with the world.
It’s about exploring the Lentern wilderness. Lent is a time of self-discipline in order to grow in our discipleship. Our environmental damage is making more of our earth barren wilderness; we should travel there to have our eyes opened for our need for renewal.
It’s about being transformed by and in our relationships. Doing this together matters, because a community encourage, challenge and grow.
It’s about our Christian call to love our neighbours. Climate change impacts the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world already. Our Christian call to bear the burdens of our weakest members means that those of us in the affluent west need to recognise our own abuse of the earth’s resources.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. God created this planet and declared it very good. The creation – and everyone in it – is precious to God, and this should be reflected in the way we treat it too.
This is why we want you to inspire you to live lent with us this year. It’s only 40 days, but it will have an impact forever.
As a member of the community, you are invited to make a commitment to changing your lifestyle for Lent. As the Living Lent community, we will journey through Lent by making these commitments together. We will share in devotional materials, creative, practical and spiritual resources. You will also have the chance to RSVP, to share your encouragements and challenges with the community.
You could even sign up as a church community. Find out more about what that might mean here.
What could you do? Find out about our six commitments here.
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