Join with the CLT Christian Cohort to mourn the systemic oppressions that cause suffering and death among all of God’s people all over the world. You can vIsit and contribute to the "Tears of Oppression" display in the Evergreen Hallway. On Palm Sunday, we will celebrate the truth that these tears can become a river of life mirroring the “triumphal” entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. Click here for more info on Palm Sunday gathering.
Lent is the period of 40 days that comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus - his suffering, sacrifice, and ultimately his death - and to recognize and reflect on one’s own mortality as well.
In the Christian Cohort of the Community of Living Traditions, we have chosen to use this season as a time to recognize and reflect on the systemic oppressions that cause suffering and death among all of God’s people all over the world.
You will notice special displays that we have constructed and hung in the Evergreen Hallway. All are invited to pick up one of the “Tears of the Lenten Season” and to create your own reflections on injustice and oppression that exists in your community or around the world. You are welcome to pin your tears to the display to share with others. Feel free to spend time reflecting on the display as it grows during the Lenten season. Though the practice of Lent is a Christian tradition, all are welcome to participate with our community.
Near the end of Lent, on a day Christians call Palm Sunday, we remember the story of Jesus’ “triumphal” entry into Jerusalem - on a donkey with the narrow streets lined with poor people who spread palm branches and their own cloaks before him. Our cohort has coined this event the “Ridiculous Resistance Revival.” In defiance of the overwhelming strength of the military-backed Roman Empire, Jesus and his followers created a moment of political theater that has captured the imagination of countless Christians and continues to inspire many of us to stand against the vagaries of Empire in our own time.
On Palm Sunday, we will celebrate the truth that these tears can become a river of life mirroring the “triumphal” entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. Click here for more info on Palm Sunday gathering. Later, we’ll remember the good news of Easter - Jesus’ resurrection following his trial, torture and death at the hands of the Roman State.
This year, we invite you to slow down on the way to Easter, and to honor those who, like Jesus, are experiencing great suffering.