Weekly Themes

 This section of the Lent 4.5 website is a rich resource designed to awaken and inspire you. It enables you to consider how your daily life choices impact the world. 

Lent 4.5–Christian Simplicity is structured around weekly themes which focus on various areas of consumption.

  • Ash Wednesday Week – Christian Simplicity
    Fasting from Over-Consumption and Living More Simply
  • First Week of Lent – Food
    Buying and Eating Our Food Responsibly
  • Second Week of Lent – Consumption
    Reconsidering Our Relationship to Stuff
  • Third Week of Lent – Water
    Conserving and Protecting the Sacred Gift of Water
  • Fourth Week of Lent – Energy
    Using Clean Energy and Consuming Energy More Efficiently 
  • Fifth Week of Lent – Transportation
    Exploring Alternative Ways of Getting Around, Reducing Carbon Emissions
  • Holy Week – Gratitude and Generosity
    Discovering New Ways of Opening Our Hearts and Becoming Involved

In this section of the website you can learn about the current issues, find out what the church is teaching, and explore various solutions which can contribute to a healthy and just world. Each week of Lent offers sensible positive things you can do to make a difference in caring for God’s creation and embracing Gospel justice.

Christian simplicity means setting limits to your consumption that reflect your faith values by taking only what you need – not wasting or taking in excess. Good stewardship of creation results in a life that is outwardly simple, inwardly rich and socially just.

During Lent, be part of the Christian simplicity movement. Abstain from those daily choices and habits that can harm God’s creation or from taking more than your fair share.

By exploring the information in this section of the website you can become informed and become engaged.

Click here to join the Lent 4.5 Community. Each week of Lent there will be new information to supplement your participation in Lent 4.5.



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.

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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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