Lent Solidarity Challenge

02.20.19

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    From the Pastoral Planning Team

    This Lent, each week we will challenge your family to participate in a solidarity action. We have suggestions for actions each week, but your family may have an even better one for you. Actions will be centered on water and food availability, changing direction, and standing with the outsider.

    Watch for weekly reminders to help keep you focused and challenged during the season. We ask that you share your solidarity actions and insights as we create a living mosaic of solidarity.

    We especially invite you to gather in community, to dive deeper into solidarity with refugees, at our Soup and Solidarity Supper, Wednesday, April 3, 6:15 p.m. in Peter O’Neill Hall.

    Week 1 Challenge: Water print out

    In today's gospel, we meet Jesus in the desert, where water is scarce. In our world, billions of our sisters and brothers live without reliable access to fresh water.

    We stand in solidarity with them.

    Here are two action suggestions for this week. You're invited to choose one, both, or come up with your own.

    Challenge #1 is to limit your beverages for one day to only water.

    Challenge #2 is to take a 2-minute shower.


    We invite you to print the file to create your tile. Write your action on the tile and what it made you feel or think about. Bring your completed tile to GA the following week to be added to our mosaic of solidarity.

    Week 2 Challenge: Do the Work print out

    In today’s Gospel, we meet Jesus on the mountain where God speaks from the cloud. We are called to listen to the Chosen Son. By listening we stand with Christ. We stand with Christ by standing with others.

    Here are two action suggestions for this week. You’re invited to choose one, or both, or come up with your own.

    Have you ever reflected on how those without laundry facilities manage to keep their clothes clean? 

    Challenge #1 is to forego using your washer and dryer and take your clothes to a laundromat. Or, you can take an extra step and try washing your clothes in your bathtub at home.

    Challenge #2 is to write a letter to your Legislator or our Governor in support of initiatives that will provide a safety net for the poorest among us.


    We invite you to print off this file to create your tile. Write your action on the tile and what it made you feel or think about. Bring your completed tile to GA the following week to be added to our mosaic of solidarity.

    Week 3 Challenge: Change Your Direction print out

    In today’s readings Moses’s life changes when he encounters God in a burning bush. We also hear Jesus telling a story of a fig tree owner who extends time to his fig tree, in hopes that it may bear fruit. Both of these stories challenge us to pay attention, and to turn our lives toward God.

    Here are two action suggestions for this week. They challenge us to experiment with a new direction in Iife, and to enhance our sensitivity to others. You’re invited to choose one, or both, or come up with your own.

    Challenge #1 is to sleep on the floor for one night, to be in solidarity with refugees, the homeless, and others who have no bed.

    Challenge #2 is to engage in a conversation with someone who thinks differently from you, or to engage in a conversation with someone you don’t know.

    Both of these get us out of our comfort zone and help us move in a new direction.

    We invite you to print off this file to create your tile. Write your action on the tile and what it made you feel or think about. Bring your completed tile to GA the following week to be added to our mosaic of solidarity.

    Week 4 Challenge: Food Print Out

    In today’s readings Joshua and the Israelites eat the Passover meal from the produce of the land. We also hear Jesus tell the parable of the Prodigal Son who repents and returns to his father who throws a celebration for him with the prized cow. Both these stories challenge us to think about food, our need for it, and how God provides for us.

    Here are two action suggestions for this week to challenge us to enhance our sensitivity to the poor who struggle each day to get their next meal. You’re invited to choose one, or both, or come up with your own.

    Challenge #1 is to volunteer to pack meals for the poor at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan on Saturday, April 6, 9- 11 am. Contact Paul Deziel to sign-up.

    Challenge #2 is to eat dinner one day this week on a budget of $2 per person.

    Both of these challenges can help us be in solidarity with the hungry.

    We invite you to print the file to create your tile. Write your action on the tile and what it made you feel or think about. Bring your completed tile to GA the following week to be added to our mosaic of solidarity.

    Week 5 Challenge: Stand with the Outsider Print Out

    The solidarity challenge this week is standing with the outsider. Here are two action suggestions for this week. You’re invited to choose one, or both, or come up with your own.

    Challenge #1 is to seek out an outsider at work, school or your social group – learn their story and stand with them in solidarity.

    Challenge #2 is to advocate for changes to Minnesota law that would allow people who have served their time and are living in their community to have their voting rights restored. See restorethevotemn.org for some ideas.

    Both of these challenges can help us stand in solidarity with the outsider.

    We invite you to print off this file to create your tile. Write your action on the tile and what it made you feel or think about. Bring your completed tile to GA the following week to be added to our mosaic of solidarity.

     

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