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Steps Continued - Christian Simplicity

Additional Resources

  • Watch “Home,” an extraordinary movie about the only planet on which you’ll live. This 90 minute film will help you understand why caring for creation is so important. 

  • Spend three minutes watching a video that presents the Earth’s people as if they were a village of 100 inhabitants.
  • Studies consistently conclude there is no connection between happiness and material possessions. Watch a six minute online video on the “High Price of Materialism.”


God is With the Vulnerable and Poor

“God is with the vulnerable and the poor. God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both of their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.”

– Bono, main vocalist of the Dublin-based rock band U2. 


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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