It's Lent! What's up with that?
Welcome to the season of Lent, a season of preparation leading us to the joy of Easter. Just for fun, the graphic to the right is Jesus and the disciplines, made of LINT.
This year, spiritual formation topics and worship themes will coordinate around trauma and harm in faith communities. Here are the details:
- Spiritual Formation Wednesday Small Group: on Zoom beginning TONIGHT at 7:00 pm. This will be a quieter, more reflective version of the Sunday morning discussions.
- The sermon theme this past week was trauma in relation to mental health. If you missed the sermon or want to re-visit it, click here. This coming week's theme is trauma related to purity culture. Purity culture is the set of ideas about human sexuality being very limited and moralistic. It causes shame and neglects the beauty and science of the complexity of human sexuality.
- If this theme of trauma is stirring things up for you, you're not alone. Pastoral care and spiritual companionship are available to you. Just call the Shadow Rock office or reply to this email to get connected.
- Lent is often a time for contemplation and change. This could include additional giving. Our Lenten offering will support the Refugee Resettlement Fund. This fund is powering our life-giving work with refugees, in partnership with families and community agencies. Right now, a community donor has offered a match up to $10,000, so it's a great time to give and see our capacity grow.
Whatever spirit you bring to your Lenten journey is welcomed and affirmed. You are enough, just as you are. See you at hybrid worship this coming Sunday!