HOUSE NEWS: Lent – Making space for something new
Lent is traditionally a season marked by prayer, fasting and alms-giving. This Lent at the GCW, we’ll be offering a special Thursday evening program for those interested in deepening their Lenten experience. On Thursdays, in lieu of our regular Roundtable discussions, anyone who is interested is invited to join us for prayer, reflection, and a common, potluck meal, in preparation for observing Friday as a day of fasting. At 6pm, we’ll gather for centering prayer, an ancient practice of contemplation popularized in recent years by monks like Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating and others. It will include a short reflection followed by 20 minutes of silent meditation. We’ll end our time in silence by sharing, briefly, any thoughts, insights or questions related to our spiritual practice. Following our time in prayer together, we’ll break bread together over a common meal (potluck). For those who wish, this meal can serve as a marker for observing Friday throughout Lent as a day of serious fasting (what type of fast, each individual can determine). We also invite those who participate in this program–or anyone looking for a way of incorporating the tradition of alms-giving into their Lenten practice–to consider committing to one of the GCW’s core projects during Lent. You can find a list of projects here. And the schedule, updated weekly, here. We hope some of you can join us as we take this time for reflection and renewal.