— Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program in Christian Simplicity.



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Orders for Lent 4.5 can be placed any time of the year. 2017 prices provide value for churches of all sizes. The easy-to-administer 7-week Lenten program provides your parish or congregation with a new approach to the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Each week of this program for Lent has a unique focus:

  1. Week before Ash Wednesday – Christian Simplicity: Compassionate Living (two handouts)
  2. 1st Week of Lent – Food: Buying and Eating are Moral Acts
  3. 2nd Week of Lent – Consumption: Buying Less, Wasting Less
  4. 3rd Week of Lent – Water: Conserving and Protecting
  5. 4th Week of Lent – Energy: Choosing Efficient and Clean
  6. 5th Week of Lent – Transportation: Getting Around
  7. Holy Week – Gratitude & Generosity: Becoming Involved 

Christian SimplicityA Step Beyond: Christian Simplicity: A Gospel Value

If your Church has already participated in the Lent 4.5 program using handouts only, a great follow-up step is the discussion course book Christian Simplicity: A Gospel Value. While the book covers the same seven themes as the Lent 4.5 program, it does not use the language of Lent, so it is usable any time of the year. Faith-based, it includes articles with a religious, scientific, philosophical, economic, practical, and story slant, on such issues as Food, Water, Energy, and Gratitude and Generosity.

The course book is also a valuable resource for training leaders for a church-wide participation in Lent 4.5 for 2017.  Having small groups of committed or curious individuals participate in discussions now provides a church with a start-up group for fostering whole-church participation in Lent 4.5 for 2017 or later.  Or for churches that do not necessarily observe Lent, groups as diverse as social justice committees, green teams, small Christian communities, Bible study groups, confirmation classes, and book clubs have found the book to be challenging and thought-provoking.

The book is value-priced at just $12, if you order more than 10 copies.

To place a book order, print and mail an order form, or call 502-452-2749, x 5.

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What Do We Mean by Lent 4.5?

Through a measuring tool called Global Footprint, we are able to assess the impact of various lifestyles upon the Earth. It is a complex process, but a simple formula. At present, there are more than 6.5 billion people on the planet. If we were to divide the Earth equally among all of us, 4.5 acres would be available to each person. 4.5 acres is what we are each entitled to use. 4.5 acres is a fair share.

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Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.

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