The Delightful, Devilish Daring of Lent Exploring the challenges of living faith in tumultuous times.
The 40 days of Lent are about many things: preparing for Easter, reflecting on our lives, expanding our hearts and minds with spiritual exercise, and more. Why 40 days? It’s an echo of the story of Jesus’ adventure at the outset of his public ministry, led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days of being “tested by Satan” – essentially a kind of training program with a sparring partner (Mark 1:13; Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:2).
Lent is a time to join Jesus in the wilderness, reflecting on questions like: What pulls us away from our true priorities? What obstructs our doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God? Join us as we seek to clarify our insight and renew our resolve to be who God is calling us to be.
Feb 18: Where the Wild Things Are Feb 25 Bravely Focus on the Now Mar 3: No More Business As Usual Mar 10: In This Way Mar 17: There Is Only One Mar 24: Distortion Contortion Mar 28: Maundy Thursday Mar 29 : Good Friday Mar 31 : Easter Sunday – Humans, Rise!
Ash Wednesday 2024 falls on Valentine’s Day. It only happens six times in this century! The first was in 1923, then in 1934, 1945, and 2018. It will happen once more in 2029.
On February 14, 2024, we may be wearing ashes on our foreheads while we buy flowers and candy for loved ones. The stark mix of mourning death and celebrating love is something queer folks and allies know intimately and walk with daily.
Recognizing this paradoxical reality, we are launching this “Ashes for Valentines” fund. We would like to commemorate those who we mourn because of the loss of their life as LGBTQ+ folks and/or celebrate those who have endured.
You may donate:
in memory of someone whose ashes came too soon because of a lack of acceptance and affirmation of who they are and/or
in honor of someone who has shaken the dust off their feet from those who do not celebrate their sacredness.
We pray these gifts allow for healing and peace to the giver and strength and renewal to our AWAB family.