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What Christian Churches are Saying about Simplicity

Christian Churches


Choose a Life of Voluntary Simplicity

“How can we as members of the Body of Christ act in all our caring for creation? Those who are able to do so, can choose lives of voluntary simplicity, rejecting habits of wasteful consumption and making thoughtful choices for decent living.”

– Episcopal Church, A Catechism of Creation


A Bill of Rights for Future Generations

“Each generation, sharing in the estate and heritage of the Earth, has a duty as trustee for future generations to prevent irreversible and irreparable harm to life on earth and to human freedom and dignity… It is, therefore, the paramount responsibility of each generation to maintain a constantly vigilant and prudential assessment of technological disturbances and modifications adversely affecting life on earth, the balance of nature, and the evolution of humanity in order to protect the rights of future generations.”

– Disciples of Christ, General Assembly Resolution


Christians Should Insist on Sustainability

“Earth-keeping today means insisting on sustainability – the ongoing capacity of natural and social systems to thrive together – which requires human beings to practice wise, humble responsible stewardship, after the model of servanthood that we have in Jesus.”

– Presbyterian Church USA


Correct Relationships That Have Gone Wrong

“We are each called to be God’s hands in the world, working to right the relationships that have gone wrong.”

– Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Practice Environmental Holiness

“We practice social and environmental holiness by caring for God’s people and God’s planet and by challenging those whose policies and practices neglect the poor, exploit the weak, hasten global warming, and produce more weapons.”

– United Methodist Church, God's Renewed Creation


Abiding by a Sacred Convenat

“We seek to cultivate attitudes of sacred covenanting among peoples and between humanity and the non-human creation."

– United Church of Christ

Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

Our Ministry

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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