Lent 2016

Hey y’all,

Two years ago Karen Bellevance-Grace and I created a Tumblr as a way for Unitarian Universalists to engage in a shared spiritual practice around the same time that some of our siblings in faith are observing Lent. In some Christian traditions, in preparation for the celebration of Easter, the faithful make a personal sacrifice as a way of bringing them closer to God, and reminding them of the sacrifices that Jesus and his followers made.

As Unitarian Universalists, we share theological roots with our Christian siblings, who observe Lent from Ash Wednesday until Easter. However, rather than a practice of self-denial, we offer this opportunity to spend the Season of Lent engaged in a spiritual discipline of deep intention and appreciation of our world, our place in it, and an openness to Grace in our daily lives.

#UULent is designed to be used individually, as a family, or as a congregation. We selected a word for each day in Lent (see attached graphic for this year’s words). We believe each word will be accessible to all ages and stages of faith development. Reflect on the meaning of this word to you. Take a photograph each day that speaks to you about the word, idea, practice, or concept. Share it on social media with the hashtag #UULent, and celebrate the shared inspiration we bring to one another. Please respect copyright and use only pictures you yourself have taken.

On Sundays throughout Lent, we challenge ourselves to not only reflect on the given word, but to enact it in our world. On Service Sundays we will share not only images and brief reflections, but we will embody the spirit of the words, and share in this virtual community how the daily word moved us to make our faith manifest in our physical community.

Thank you for being part of of our shared spiritual practice, know that your words and images are a deep blessing to us.

in faith, love, and service,
Mr. Barb Greve

With gratitude to Karen Bellavance-grace, who co-founded this with me and Alex Kapitan, who joined me in 2016.

2016 lent photo a day
2016 lent photo a day (a high-rez pdf version of the above graphic)
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