Lent – Embodied & Altered by the Spirit

Embodied                            and ALTERED by the Spirit
mind + body + heart + soul

Lent is often a time of self-reflection, spiritual discipline, commitment, and community. Congregations gather to sing the minor harmonies of the way of Jesus on the road toward the cross. This Lent, using reflections, words and art from Church Anew and A Sanctified Art, we’ll see the ways the Spirit alters our perspective, transforms our communities, and consistently blazes a trail ahead of us. We’ll catch up with the work of the Holy Spirit, finding ourselves:

Sundays in Lent – March 3, 10, 17

Lent Three: Altered by Disruption
Lent Four: Altered through God’s Creativity
Lent Five: Altered Alongside Our Enemies

Because the Spirit is alive in, with, and under our ordinary lives, always calling us forward into transformation, nudging us into wholeness, and beckoning us forth into an alternative way. Along the way of these themes, we’ll worship and learn together with intentional embodied practices, gazing at art images, breathing, thinking, listening and singing.

Wednesdays in Lent
Soup Suppers begin at 5:30 pm
Songs & Reflections begin at 6:30 pm

Feb 28 – finding a fixed place on which to stand
March 6 – listening to what the earth is saying
March 13 – dancing a ghostly vision into being
March 20 – created for a purpose

On Wednesdays, we’ll share a meal and reflection around the book We Survived the End of the World: Lessons from Native America on Apocalypse and Hope by Steven Charleston. It begins with this quote:

The mystical theme of the space age is this: the world as we know it is coming to an end. The world as the center of the universe, the world divided from the heavens, the world bound by horizons in which love is reserved for members of the in-group: that is the world that is passing away. Apocalypse does not point to a fiery Armageddon but to the fact that our ignorance and our complacency are coming to an end. –Joseph Campbell

In his book, Steven Charleston explains that this book grew from the seed, the idea that people can survive an apocalypse:

How they do so is the vision at the heart of this book. My ancestors are a case study in survival. Not the grim survival of bunkers and bomb shelters, but the liberating and hopeful survival of a spiritual community. Native American culture in North America has been through the collapse of civilization and lived to tell the tale. My goal is to investigate how my ancestors were able to do that—and what their experience can teach all of us who are living in uncertain times.

Christ member and my colleague, Mike Peterson, brought this book to my attention and invites us all to join with him reflecting on these wisdom stories of how a spiritual community and the Spirit guiding us can liberate us to be hopeful in a time when everything is changing.

We hope that you will join in this rich and deep, story-filled season, as we gather around God’s Holy Spirit, the stories of ancestors and our own selves–who will all work together to transform and move us forward.