Lent is the time that the ancient church set apart for getting ready for the mystery of Easter Sunday. We take time during the season of Lent to be in a Wilderness space…. A space set apart that looks and feels different than the rest of our day to day lives. Kind of like how when we go on a hike, or to the beach, or spend time in the mountains it feels different.
We engage new disciplines during Lent to turn ourselves back towards our spiritual and physical roots. Here is an earth-friendly challenge that can turn your habits toward earth-care!
(Or check out our 5-minute kid-friendly option or our simple pantry practice option here!)
Join the Movement
There's a movement this Lent amongst many churches to step up to the challenge of a plastic-free Lent, that you may have seen published amid several of our national news organizations. Originally a Lenten Discipline of the Anglican Church in Canada and the Church of England, some local Methodists adapted it to our NW context and ministry. Read more about giving up plastics for Lent HERE and HERE.
At Storyline, we recognize that there are many in our neighborhoods that do not have the resources to eliminate plastics from their lives; whether that be time, financial or otherwise. (For example, our houseless neighbors may not have the capacity to eliminate things like single use plastic bags, bottles, takeout containers etc.) So, we practice this practice as we recognize simultaneously our privilege in being able to do so.
With that said, some of our neighboring Portland churches have adapted a calendar that originally came from the Church of England. We commit this calendar to you as a guide for daily reflection and action this Lent.
You can find the downloadable PDF and more information at www.plasticfreepilgrimage.org