The Season of Lent is the 40 day period of the Christian liturgical year leading up to Easter, and which many of us observe as a period of prayer, fasting and/or giving something up.
Over the 40 days of Lent, Lent Event calls upon individuals and communities to support a better future for people living on the margins in some of the world’s poorest countries, following four simple steps:
- Embrace simple living, set aside material goods and donate the money saved.
- Engage in prayer, worship and bible study for spiritual nourishment.
- Learn about the people and communities that Lent Event supports.
- Donate the money saved over 40 days to UnitingWorld’s vital development projects.
Lent Event is about choosing to consume less so that we can give others more. This can also have a strong environmental focus. Resources are available at http://www.lentevent.com/.
For some ideas on appreciating Creation and reducing your footprint for Lent, see:
- Lenten reflection resources from Sr Terri McKenzie (Society of the Holy Child Jesus) - in 2017 explore Scripture quotes from the appropriate Sunday in the light of various Earth concerns: Water, Air, Soil, Species and Ecosystems, and Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si'. As people of faith, we want to respond not only to Jesus' suffering and death, but also to the suffering and death within creation, where God lives and acts, and we are part of a united whole: our home.
- Try a Carbon Fast with the World Council of Churches, Tear Australia, or the Anglicans in South Africa!
Older resources worth checking out
- Weekly reflections from the World Council of Church's Ecumenical Water Network. In 2016, the resources are focused around the water crisis in Middle East region and take into consideration issues of justice and peace.
- The Grace of Place - six weekly Lenten reflections to prepared by the Columban Mission Institute to accompany the Gospels for Year C. The resource explores different aspects of how having a heightened sense of place in the natural world enables us to grow in our reverence for God, and in our care for all creation. Lenten resources from earlier years, "THe Grace of Forests" and "The Grace of Earth" are also available.
- Global Catholic Climate Movement Lenten Fast for Climate Justice
- Weekly ecological reflections on the lectionary from Christian Ecology Link.
- CLRI (NSW) Carbon Fast calendar for 2016, with action ideas for each day.
- Project Compassion 2015 focuses on Food for Life. It throws a spotlight on global food issues and how Caritas Australia is empowering the world’s poorest people to establish sustainable food sources for life.
- "Blessing the Dust" - a prayer for Ash Wednesay from Jan Richardson.