[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion’s Environmental Network (ACEN) is encouraging Christians around the world to take part in a “carbon-fast” this Lent.
The network is calling on Anglicans to take a deeper challenge than fasting from coffee, alcohol or chocolates this Lent, by reducing the use of carbon based fuels on which we all depend.
“We will take small steps for a more sustainable world, and by doing so rediscover a different relationship with God, with Creation and with one another,” the group says on its website, adding: “I can change the world a little in 40 days, but I can change myself a lot!”
For each week during Lent, which runs from Ash Wednesday on March 5 to the Saturday before Holy Week on April 12, the network has developed themed materials to focus on “a time of reflection and action.”
Under the headings, “Stuff,” “Water,” “Energy and Mobility,” “Food Production,” and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Fix,” there is a prayer, a resource to read or watch, actions to take as an individual, some suggestions of community actions you can take, and something you can consider doing to “change the system.”
The network is also asking people to share the initiative using social media, and has produced cover photos and profile pix that people can use on Facebook.