The Modern Church Lady Lenten Reboot Challenge

It’s that time of year again when the Modern Church Lady takes time to reboot and refresh: Last year, my Lenten series “Marie Kondo Does Lent” explored how stripping away clutter can lead to profound physical and psychological changes.

 

All my clutter being stripped away in 2016

This year, extreme naval gazing doesn’t feel right. Too much is shifting in the world. So with my 2017 Lenten Reboot series, my Lenten Church Lady challenge will involve both introspection and extrospection.

Extreme navel gazing doesn't feel right

I’ll share what I learn at Morrow Church’s “Beyond Cans & Casseroles: Rebooting Our Mission With the Hungry” Lenten challenge series. Each Sunday the church will examine how local organizations address food insufficiency and challenge ourselves to reinvent the church’s traditional“Cans & Casseroles” approach to hunger.

After studying the book, “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor …and Yourself, we questioned whether those stacks of casseroles in our freezer were making a sustainable difference. Rather than reinventing the wheel, we’ll be listening to local community groups and brainstorming on how the church can amplify their efforts.

For introspection, I’ll draw inspiration from my Pastor’s “REBOOT Your Life” Lenten challenge series. Pastor Brad will explore the things that hold us back—temptation, darkness and doubts—and inspire us to “move forward with meaning and purpose.”

I also hope to catch up with the church ladies running the Lenten Book Study of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. As a progressive Christian, it can be easy to believe you have racial bias under control. But the painful truth is that each of us carries bias due to societal exposure and conditioning. And while we may not be aware, these biases creep into our thinking and behavior in insidious ways.

Lenten Book Study Reading

At the end of each Lenten post, I will issue a Modern Church Lady Lenten Reboot Challenge! 

With so much going on this Lent, it is almost, in the words of Marie Kondo, “too much to enjoy.” So the Modern Church Lady’s Lenten challenge will be to avoid having my inner life fire hosed by all this inspirational activity. But instead, quench my spiritual thirst one glass of water at a time.

 Announcing the Modern Church Lady’s 5 week Lenten Reboot Challenge. Each week in Lent, I will be issuing a new challenge to help you reboot your life! 

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