Adult Faith Formation in Lent: Preparing Together
“In the 40 days of Lent, we undertake individual practices that increase in us our love of God, our faithfulness in service, our forgiveness of others and ourselves, our willingness to be transformed more and more into the pattern of Christ. In our Sunday gatherings for liturgy, and weekday gatherings for prayer and study, we share and shape these practices in community, supporting and encouraging one another along the way we travel together.” (www.ecww.org/ash-wednesday-lent) Listed here are many opportunities to add depth, meaning variety and community to your Lenten journey.
March 9, Rehabilitation of the Jordan River. Doug Thorpe will report on the ecological degradation of the lower Jordan, and the interfaith and international efforts to restore it which are sponsored by Friends of the Earth Middle East. www.foeme.org
March 16, Karen Armstrong Speaks. Religious thinker, former nun and recipient of the 2008 TED prize, Karen Armstrong will present this Sunday Forum. Karen’s TED prize wish resulted in the writing of the Charter for Compassion. www.charterforcompassion.org
March 23, Introduction to EfM (Education for Ministry). Have you ever wondered what EfM was all about? Have you wanted to participate but felt intimidated? Learn all about it from trained EfM mentors Colleen Boyns and Tom Hayton.
March 30, Liturgy at Home: Spiritual Practices for Households of Faith More information coming.
April 6, Liturgy at Home: Spiritual Practices for Households of Faith More information coming.
Two Saturday events, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Skinner Auditorium
Donation of $10.00 (per event) will cover expenses and benefit the Diversity Empowering Training Team of the Diocese of Olympia.
Chinese Exclusion Act Saturday, March 22
Speaker Bettie Luke has spent her long career encouraging multicultural knowledge and awareness in schools and community colleges. She organized a tour of sites of anti-Chinese violence in the Pacific Northwest focusing on learning what had happened and ritual cleansing of the sites.
Japanese Internment Saturday, March 29
Speaker Lawrence Matsuda was born in the Minidoka Internment Camp. His poetic work has focused for about the last five years on aspects of his and his family’s experiences in the camp. His work has inspired a dance performance, part of which he will show.
Wednesday, March 12 - April 9
6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer, Nave
7:15 – 8:45 p.m., Leffler Living Room
Doug Thorpe will lead a study of the thought provoking book by Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, teacher of Christian Ethics at Seattle University.
This is a grand prohphetic book motivated by love and focused on justice--social justice, ecological justice, and dignity for the 'least of these.' Don't miss it! -- Cornel West, Union Theological Seminary
Thursdays, March 13 – April 10
6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer, Nave
7:15 – 8:15 p.m., Northup Vesting Room (behind McCaw Chapel)
Join Saint Mark’s yoga teachers Wendy Townsend and Brenna Kramer as they guide you through the practice of Yoga Nidra, also known as Yogic sleep. Yoga Nidra is a meditative practice intended to induce full body relaxation and rejuvenation by addressing the needs of our physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental body through a scripted meditation. This practice is an excellent addition to your Lenten journey. Yoga clothes are not necessary. The meditation is done primarily by lying down with minimal movement. Please bring mats, blankets and pillows to allow for complete relaxation.
Friday, March 14, Saint Mark's Cathedral
An evening with Karen Armstrong 7:30 pm, $10.
Download the flyer for evening event
Compassionate Cities are Uncomfortable Cities
A compassionate city will not rest if there is inadequate access to food, shelter and clothing, quality education, affordable healthcare, protection from violence and the opportunity to earn a living wage.
Karen Armstrong will keynote the conference, which will feature community leaders facilitating dialogue on complex social issues associated with Homelessness and Housing, Education, Youth, Race and Ethnicity, Health and Wellness, and Economic Justice.
Charter for Compassion approved by the Vestry in 2013.
Please join with the community of Saint Mark’s Cathedral this year as we observe Lent with these daily prayers in our homes throughout the city.
This booklet is designed to gather all of our prayers and unite us in spiritual practice as we journey through the season together.
"The reflections, from a number of different writers, are deeply thoughtful, and invite the reader into a challenging daily conversation. The Sunday questions and litanies add a gentle and inviting atmosphere of worship, which enables the reader to engage the heart more deeply in the reflections. The way the journey is designed to move through our various forms of brokenness to wholeness, is very helpful and healing indeed." -- the Rev. John van de Laar.
Book available from the Cathedral Shop (206.323.1040) and online through Mustard Seed Associates, and Amazon.
A monastic community of the Episcopal Church is offering a video series for Lent titled Love Life: Living the Gospel of Love.
"We all try, at one time or another, to give up those habits, foods, or behaviors that do us harm—what about words? For some people, a word like “can’t” might hold them back from goals they would accomplish. Or perhaps, for others, a word like “fault” or “unfair” influences their relationships."
The series begins Wednesday, March 5 and is available at www.SSJE.org/lovelife
ChurchNext is an online Christian learning experience for individuals and congregations. A free Lenten class Making Sense of the Cross presented by David Lose is available March 5 -12 here.
The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Final Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.
To win in 2014, will take grit, determination, holiness, and perhaps some good old-fashioned luck. This year Lent Madness features a slate of saints ancient and modern, Biblical and ecclesiastical. The 2014 heavyweights include Thomas Merton, Catherine of Siena, J.S. Bach, David of Wales, John Wesley, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Joseph of Arimathaea. The full bracket is online at the Lent Madness website.
Read on and take part at www.lentmadness.org/.
Believe it or not, Lent Madness is an offering of Forward Movement, widely known as the publishers of Forward Day by Day and other resources to support spiritual growth and vitality.