Dismantling Cynicism for Lent

Growing up, I had a complicated relationship with worship at church. I was raised in a setting where hands were held high in praise, where we swayed with our eyes closed, and where outwardly expressions of worship were a direct indication of your personal relationship with God. My naturally critical spirit turned toward an unhealthy … Continue reading Dismantling Cynicism for Lent

Practicing a Gentle Lent with The Word Made Art

Lent starts in just two weeks and I’ve been thinking about its observation. In the past, I’ve mailed cards, prayed for politicians, and given up wine in order to fund microloans. This year, as I thought of something to do, the word gentle kept coming to mind. Our season has been pretty intense. There are a … Continue reading Practicing a Gentle Lent with The Word Made Art

Why Bother With Lent?

On Wednesday, we leave the Epiphany and Ordinary Time in the church calendar and move into Lent, that period that prepares us for Easter. Lent is a 40 day practice (excluding Sundays) that encourages fasting, preparation, and mindfulness as Christians consider the celebration and importance of Easter. I’ve come to look forward to this time … Continue reading Why Bother With Lent?

Lent

Next Wednesday, on March 5, the Lenten Season begins. I grew up in an evangelical church, so wasn’t exposed to Lent until college, when I attended an Anglican church. At the time, many of my friends were exploring post-modernism within their faith, and Lent was an opportunity to show how far you’d evolved from the … Continue reading Lent