Whether you are a practicing Christian or not, you have likely heard of the popular cultural phenomenon known as Mardi Gras, along with the religious observances of Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter. What ties these observances together is the Season of Lent.

Lent is a 40-day season of renewal and recommitment consisting of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday, the day before the Crucifixion. It is a time when Christians are encouraged to fast, pray, and give to the poor and to the church. Traditionally, Catholics are the most ardent practitioners of Lent. However, many Protestant denominations also follow it. Within the Unity movement, some congregations follow it closely, while others not at all. 

Although it not a traditional aspect of Unity, there are many things you can take from Lent. For example, the act of fasting is something you can use to refocus on your spiritual priorities. The act of fasting is simply abstaining from one thing to focus on something else. This sacrifice could be of certain practices, thoughts, or whatever else stands in the way of your spiritual growth. Learning to let go of these impediments and develop the discipline to replace them will take you further along your spiritual pathway. 
Another spiritual concept that parallels Lent’s focus on renewal and recommitment is called Sthira Sukha meaning to stand, to be firm. This term represents a perfect analogy for the Lenten season. 

Join Reverend Dennis Ashley this Sunday for a lesson on the history, rituals, and purpose of Lent.

Our featured ensemble is SOUL. They are Gwen Gathercoal, Paul Gathercoal, Jim Turner, Dagan Williamson, Patty Ashley, and Tiffany Quinn.