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First Week of Lent


Eating is a Moral Act 

The daily bread provided by God comes directly from the Earth. The act of eating unites us to the soil, water and animals of this planet like nothing else. All these gifts of God’s creation are included in our food.

 Every purchase of food and every act of eating becomes a moral decision. When making food choices we need to consider the manner in which crops were planted and fertilized, the method used to raise animals for eating, and the distance food has to be shipped.

While our agricultural system produces a lot of food, it also has a downside. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides from large agricultural farms contaminate the soil. Animal waste from factory farmed meat defiles the water. Transporting food over long distances pollutes the air. Our food choices are having a huge impact on the whole of creation.

Food is not only central to survival. It is a sacramental gift of God’s grace and providence. Our Lenten fast this week will aim to develop greater sensitivity to how our food choices can honor, rather than exploit, God’s creation.

To learn more about actions you can take, what the church is saying about food, and additional resources click on the buttons in the column to the right.


Pray, Fast and Think before you eat.

Good and gracious God,
you provided manna in the desert 
for your chosen people. 
May we recognize that our food 
comes from your bounty,
the generosity of our planet,
and the strenuous work
of many human hands.
Teach us to reverence your creation
which supplies our food.
And show us how to make room
at the table for everyone.

Lord, to those who are hungry, give bread. And to those who have bread, give the hunger for justice. – Latin American Prayer
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.

This Week...

If There's Only One Thing You Can Do...

Abstain from meat this week.

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