In her book Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing, Gayle Boss writes "The purpose of Lent has always been to startle us awake to the true state of our hearts and the world we've made. Which wakes an aching, wild hope that something new might be born of the ruin." During Lent 2020, we open our hearts to our sibling creatures on this planet. We revel in the beauty of other species. We grieve the many losses that come through environmental degradation, climate change, and insatiable human appetites. We gather strength to make the changes each of us must embrace, individually and collectively, to heal the wounded whole. We dare to hope for a resurrection future in which all life will flourish.
The series continues weekly on Sundays. Lunchtime discussions will also occur at the church on March 8 and 22. While supplies last, books are available for purchase at the church. Also online. (If you purchase from Amazon, please use smile.amazon.com and consider selecting Gethsemane Lutheran Church as your charitable organization for their donation.