Lent is a time to reflect on what it means to live based on Christ’s ministry. As part of this reflection we repent, often giving up an item or two that we consider a treat. Environmental Ministries is offering a Lenten Calendar that urges us to take this spiritual discipline a step further: to refrain from some practices that damage the earth, while learning about earth care issues and taking action that will honor Christ’s teachings about caring for creation.
Over the 40 days of Lent we will learn about eco-justice (caring for creation and all humans it in) and be challenged to take action on the issues of waste, energy, water, consumption, and food. There are ideas for action by congregations as well as individuals.
Our call to eco-justice is rooted in Genesis 2:15 “And the lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to till it and to keep it,” and Christ’s teachings to work on behalf of the most vulnerable, for environmental impacts are felt most by those living in poverty. The more we do our part to till and keep the garden, the more we work for eco-justice.