Lenten Series are weekly series that take place during Lent each year. Programs have ranged from Wednesday night programs with guest speakers to small groups in members’ homes.
Wednesdays, beginning March 13 through April 10
6:30 pm, Great Hall
During Lent 2019, we welcome Beth Bojarski as our guest speaker. Beth is the author of the adult curriculum To Serve and Guard the Earth (Church Publishing, 2010), she earned her Masters in Theological Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2008 with an emphasis in environmental theology and her M.A. in Outdoor and Environmental Education from SUNY Cortland in 2005. She has spent the last decade directing Episcopal camps first in Kentucky, then in Southern California. Beth lives in Hartwell with Mitch (Redeemer's Associate for Youth and Young Adults) and their sons Eliot (10) and James (4) where she drinks copious amounts of coffee, runs, and consults with various organizations.
Beth will lead us in a program called, Caring for the Earth: the bible tells me so, a look at how we are called to care for all of creation. In the first week the discussion will help us understand why and how creation care are a part of our vocation as Christians. We’ll read scripture together, share our assumptions, and consider how our worldview impacts our connection (or disconnection) with the earth.
The first session challenged us to consider our assumptions and the lens through which we view creation by looking at our own stories and what influence they have on how we see the world in which we live. We were asked to consider how we had directly encountered the natural world during the day and in what ways creation or the environment shaped, enhanced, or restricted our day. Click here for a pdf of the session handout.
The middle three weeks of the series will literally, scripturally, and metaphorically consider the necessary elements of growth, both for life on earth and in our spiritual lives. Soil is about rootedness, diversity, and promise. Water reminds us of our baptism and our privilege. Air, wind, sunshine, spirit (the all-encompassing Hebrew: ruach) are necessary for transformation.
Our final session together will emphasize action. Leaning on ecologists and theologians such as Wangari Maathai, Sallie McFague, and Ellen Davis, we’ll consider ways we as individuals and as a church community can more intentionally and vigorously care for the earth because the bible tells us so.
Each evening begins with Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (6:00 pm) and continues with dinner (6:30 pm) and program in the Great Hall.
Wednesday Evening Lenten Series
Thanks for letting us know you're coming! See you on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm. Why not join us for Holy Eucharist at 6:00 pm in the Chapel?