This year's Lent Course will take place (via Zoom) on the six Wednesdays in Lent (24 February - 31 March) and run for roughly an hour each night from 7pm to 8pm. To join us, please use these Zoom details:
This year we will be using the archbishop's Lent book 'Saying yes to Life' written for 2020 by Ruth Valerio (see details on the book and Ruth below).
'Saying yes to Life' lifts our focus from natural everyday concerns to issues that have an impact on millions of lives around the world.
As people made in the image of God we are entrusted to look after what He has created, to share in God's joy and ingenuity and in making a difference for good.
Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the days of creation (Genesis 1) as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental ethical and social concern .
Foundational to 'Saying yes to Life' is what it means to be human, and in particular to be a follower of Jesus.
Voices from around the world are heard throughout and each chapter ends with discussion questions and a prayer to aid action and contemplation.
It won't be necessary for you to have read the book in advance, but should you want to do so, it is available as print book and via kindle here:
Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund. An environmentalist, theologian and social activist, Ruth holds a doctorate from Kings College London, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral and her home church is part of the 24/7 Prayer Network. She enjoys living sustainably – practising what she preaches and inspiring others as she does so – in the south of England with her family. She is the author of L is for Lifestyle: Christian living that doesn’t cost the earth and Just Living: Faith and community in an age of consumerism. All royalties from the sale of this book will be used to support Tearfund’s work in the places of greatest need.
Valerio, Ruth; Valerio, Ruth. Saying Yes to Life . SPCK. Kindle Edition.