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Tread Lightly for Lent 2012

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. This Lenten Calendar urges us to take this spiritual discipline a step further: to refrain from some practices that damage God’s earth, while learning about earth care issues and taking action that will honor Christ’s teachings about caring for creation.

Throughout the season of Lent we will learn about eco-justice (assuring justice for creation and all humans that live in it) 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 the human vocation of tilling and keeping the garden (Genesis 2:15) 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.

To share about your journey while Treading Lightly for Lent visit the Presbyterian Environmental Ministries Facebook page.

Follow Environmental Ministries on the Eco-Journey blog.

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  • I really like this Lent calendar! I'd like to post a link to it on our presbytery's web page, if that's ok. by Julie Burton on 02/10/2011 at 12:18 p.m.

  • Looking at green building options for my home roof/insulation, etc... and my church looks to me to give them Green Advice, as well...As the head of the Green Team, I feel sometimes alone with my creation care "spin" on things, hopefully we can do better. by donna Russell on 01/24/2011 at 10:17 p.m.