Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Carbon Fast for Lent

Forty Actions to help you reduce your carbon footprint during Lent, is what the Green Anglicans from Southern Africa have developed.

Here is the link:

This is what they have to say:

"What is a carbon fast for Lent? For Anglicans, Catholics and many others, Lent is the time when we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation. It is a time when we reflect on God’s purpose for our life. Many Anglicans take this opportunity to fast from coffee, alcohol or chocolates. But this year our challenge is deeper, to take a carbon fast – to reduce the actions which damage God’s Creation. To reduce our use of petrol, electricity, plastic, paper, water and toxins. We will take small steps for a more sustainable world, and by doing so rediscover a different relationship with God, with Creation and with one another."

This resource could be used to engage students in a different type of Lent fast.

Resource idea provided  by Angligreen in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Ash Wednesday Declaration

 What does Lent have to do with the environment?

The Season of Lent offers opportunities to reflect on our values and lifestyle in a wholistic way. One aspect is how we appreciate all that God has made and recognise the interdependence of all created things. We now know global warming is caused by human action, our modern want, and our addiction to consumption. As individuals and faith communities we need to stop, reflect, and be prepared to change our ways, not just in the way of “giving something up for Lent” but with the serious intent of making a lasting change.

Operation Noah's Ash Wednesday Declaration has some powerful things to say to us this Lent.

The Ash Wednesday Declaration 
Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church

"The likelihood of runaway global warming, which will diminish food security, accelerate the extinction of huge numbers of species and make human life itself impossible in some parts of the world, raises questions that go to the heart of our Christian faith."

"What should our relationship be with God as both the origin and the end of all things? How do we balance our energy and material consumption with the needs of the poorest communities, and of future generations and other species? How do we sustain hope in the midst of fear and denial?"

"How can we encourage global cooperation, challenge unsustainable economic systems and change our lifestyles? These fundamental questions prompt this urgent call to the Church."

Read more

Post provided  by Angligreen in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland 

Friday, 13 February 2015

Busted Halo

This video has Fr Jack Collins, a Catholic Priest interviewing people in New York, asking them questions about Ash Wednesday and  Lent. It is quirky and has some good messages as well.

Busted Halo his Youtube Channel and brand has videos on a range of others topics as well.

It would be fun to make a video like this in your school.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Barnabas in Schools

Today's link is to Barnabas in Schools who have a handful of activities and resources for Lent. I particularly like the "Crosses from around the world" activity.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

40 Ideas for 40 Days

Joe Paprocki's 40 Ideas for 40 Days has some fantastic experiential activities to engage young people during Lent. Check them out  here.

My favourites include the Salt Dough Crown of Thorns, Sacred Art and Triduum Triptychs.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Do Lent generously

What if Lent was about more than giving stuff up and  you added something transformational to the tradition?  This is what 40acts is challenging us to do! With forty days of reflections and interesting challenges this site is well worth checking out.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Turn over a new leaf

You may be very aware of tesconnect and you may be signed up to the Australian version, but the United Kingdom site has lots of Lent resources. While many of them are probably most suitable to the Religious Education classroom there is also some material that would be great for chapel and other settings.

Go and have a look! 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Know your neighbour in mission

The Anglican Board of Mission Australia (ABM) has once again produced resources for Lent, these include:
  • a special Lent edition of Partners magazine, which includes articles on our Lent theme as well as Bible studies for each week of Lent and one for Easter.
  • a Lent smartphone App. This year the ABM Lent App is structured around the Anglican Communion’s 5 Marks of Mission and provides a reflection, prayer and listening action for each day of Lent.
  • Intercessions for each week of Lent structured on the Marks of Mission.

ABM “invites you to get to know your neighbour in mission, to hear their story and recognise that we are connected together by God in mission. ABM’s Lent resources bring together stories of God at work in the world today through members of our worldwide Anglican family.”

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Entering the Wilderness

Want to take your students on a life changing journey. The season of Lent begins in just under two weeks. It provides us with forty days to really focus in on what life is all about. It is a time to go on a journey with Jesus into the wilderness and be open to all the God has to say to us.

So for the next two weeks there will be a post everyday with some resources and ideas you can use with your students.

And it begins with my favourite Lent video. I posted it last year and I still love it. Enjoy.