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Walking Toward the Kingdom

Lent 2018

You are invited to reflect on our spiritual journey to become the children of God we are called to be with diversity of voices, acceptance of differences, and respect for the image of God found in all of us.  Over the course of history, we have not always treated each other with dignity and unconditional regard - for that complicity in injustice, all of us are called to reflect and repent.  We choose to remember our past so we can create a more compassionate future.  Join us as we walk toward the kingdom of God, the beloved, the inclusive community God intended, this Lenten season.

Beginning Ash Wednesday, February 14th, we will explore one pilgrimage site within the United States each week. They are places in our history where we, or our forebears, have brought sorrow, division, and strife to those beloved by God.  They reflect times in our history we do not want to repeat thus, we remember and we honor those who struggled there.  We also look for hope in our encounters asking:  What have we learned?  How do we love in ways that didn’t seem possible then?  Who are we becoming?  How do we forgive each other and ourselves?

There are many ways to participate individually or in groups. You may join our facebook page Walking Toward the Kingdom or request a weekly email from Anne Maxwell at amaxwell@christchurchcovington.com to receive the site information and reflection.   We will record miles walked.  (Yes, your dog’s miles count too.)  Our accumulated miles will be posted each week with the hope that as we track our miles we are enriching our minds, opening our hearts and nurturing our bodies.  You are welcome to form neighborhood walking groups and post on facebook so others can join you.  We will have a group leaving from the parish hall (120 S. New Hampshire) every Wednesday at 5:30pm to walk and discuss the reflection questions.

There are more events described in the flyer reached through the link at the top of the page.

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.   (BCP, 851)

 

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