Lenten resources for prayer and education

Ash Wednesday is Feb. 10.  Among the many devotional resources available for the Lenten journey:

"Walk the Path of Lent" with Episcopal Relief & Development's 2016 Lenten meditations, available via daily e-mail or as a printed booklet, in English or Spanish (order booklets by Feb. 1 to receive them by Ash Wednesday).  The reflections on spiritual practices are written by the organization’s staff, partners and friends from around the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.  Additionally, congregations are invited to observe an Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday during Lent (a designation made by the 2009 General Convention) to increase awareness of and support the organization's disaster relief, public health and economic development programs.  Find more information here.

Missioner for faith formation, education and discipleship Amy Cook has compiled a wide range of Lent and Easter resources for adults and children. They are collected on Pinterest here (you do not need to be a Pinterest user to view).

"Growing a Rule of Life" is a six-week series produced by the Society of St. John the Evangelist and the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary.  It offers videos, questions and readings to help individuals and groups design a balanced plan for growing into a deeper relationship with God, self, others and creation.  Find more information, sign up to receive daily videos by e-mail and download the workbook at http://ssje.org/ssje/growrule.

Over the past few years, thousands of people the world over have participated in a fast from carbon as their Lenten discipline.  Initiated by the UCC and endorsed by Episcopalians, the Lenten carbon fast is an opporunity for paticipatns to become more conscious and conscientious in their daily lives. Beginning Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent, participants will receive a daily email with the day's suggested carbon-reducing activity. These activities can be undertaken in your own home, or as a Lenten discipline for the whole church. Learn more and sign up here. 

"Lent Madness" offers members of the voting public a light-hearted way to learn more about the saints during Lent.  Vote online daily for favorites from among a select 32 saints who are paired off in a tournament-style bracket.  The last saint standing at the end of Lent wins the game's golden halo. Visit http://www.lentmadness.org/ to join in the madness.