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Ideas for Lenten Practices

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and is a season of prayer, fasting, and drawing nearer to God in some way. Many people fast from things that take up too much attention (maybe social media, certain foods, or television). Others take up a new practice or deepen an existing one (perhaps Scripture study, fellowship, or a prayer practice).

Below and in the next few days on our Facebook page, you’ll see some ideas for how you might engage Lent this year. There’s no wrong way to “do” Lent, so what’s drawing your heart this year?

  • Fast in one area so that you can give and promote justice in another. Fasting from certain foods in order to give to the food-insecure is one idea (be safe! know your body’s limits!). You could also try fasting from an idea or practice – cynicism, lying, comparison, social media, consumerism, legalism, etc.

 

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Workshops: Practicing Presence & Prayer

“Grandma, guess what I learned in school today?  I learned about the present, and that it’s a gift to the future.  That’s why they call it the present.”  – Lily

In these challenging times, there is an even greater need to ground ourselves in Spirit. We are called to deepen the roots in our faith and prayer life so that our decisions and actions can emerge from loving wisdom and clarity, rather than fear, frantic activity, or reactivity. But where is this ground, and how do we find it?

We will be exploring how it is possible to discover a presence, a sense of awake intelligence, in silence. For four Sundays before Lent, you’re invited to come and learn some tools for contemplative practice/prayer. The emphasis will be on presenting simple, direct pointers for contemplation, and then practicing them.

This is an opportunity to find out for yourself, through your own experience, what might be uncovered in silence, presence and alertness, and how this might help you to not only find more peace in your day-to-day experiences, but also to make decisions from whole-heartedness that is grounded in authenticity and genuine strength.

These four one-hour sessions will meet January 29th and February 5th, 12th, and 19th from 5:30-6:30PM. Sessions are open to all adults. Feel free to invite friends or others who are interested. Children fifteen and older (who can be comfortable sitting in silence) are also welcome. Laura Thorne will introduce the methods. The resources are openhearted awareness practices from Loch Kelly’s book and audio instructions, Shift Into Freedom.

Contact Laura at Diego8@earthlink.net, if you have further questions. Everyone – whether or not you are affiliated with WUMC – is welcome.