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Lent 2018 At First Christian Church

Lent at First Christian Church will be a rich experience as we step back, take a deep breath, and listen for God’s voice over these next 40 days.

The Poetry of Lent – Mary Oliver

Our 2018 worship focus is poetry.  To start off, the devotional we will be using is Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent from our friends at SALT.  The booklets are available in the sanctuary or you can download it here: Mary Oliver Lenten Devotional for 2018.

Wednesday Evening Activities

Starting February 21, Wednesday evenings will be a time to come, settle your hearts and minds, and feed your body and soul.

5:30 pm – Soup supper in the Gathering Space
6:00 pm – Holden Evening Prayer Service
6:30 pm – Lenten Book Study:  Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman.   Howard Washington Thurman (November 18, 1899 – April 10, 1981) was an African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. As a prominent religious figure, he played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century. Thurman’s theology of radical nonviolence influenced and shaped a generation of civil rights activists, and he was a key mentor to leaders within the movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Thurman served as dean of Rankin Chapel at Howard University from 1932 to 1944 and as dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University from 1953 to 1965. In 1944, he co-founded, along with Alfred Fisk, the first major interracial, interdenominational church in the United States.

About the book:  In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1900–81) demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Jesus is a partner in the pain of the oppressed and the example of His life offers a solution to ending the descent into moral nihilism. Hatred does not empower—it decays. Only through self-love and love of one another can God’s justice prevail. 
(note: there will also be a couple of Saturday gatherings to discuss the book as well during Lent).
Sunday Morning Joint Adult Education

Sunday mornings during Lent, our Joint Adult Ed time together will be a focus on the Poor People’s Campaign.  The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. Click here for the Fundamental Principles.

Schedule:

Feb. 18:  Introduction to Study, Dr. Martin Luther King’s theology overview/Black Liberation Theology overview (led by Pastor Dan and Antoine Melton-Meaux)
Feb. 25: Overview of new Poor People’s Campaign and Dr. William J. Barber II (led by the Senior Pastors)

Mar. 4:   Examination of Systematic Racism & Denominational Roots (led by the Senior Pastors)
Mar. 11:  Examination of Poverty (led by Pastor Rhonda)
Mar. 18: Examination of Militarianism (led by Pastor Rebecca)

Holy Week Schedule
Mar. 25: Intergenerational Sunday School (Peep Sunday), Processional and Palm Sunday Worship
Mar. 29: Maundy Thursday Labyrinth & Stations 7:00 pm
Mar. 30: Good Friday Service 7:00 pm

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