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A week from today is Ash Wednesday: the first day of the 40 day journey to Easter we call Lent. It has been our custom over the last few years to offer daily Lenten Meditations on this blog … written by staff members and reflecting on the Lenten themes of prayer, study, self-examination and repentance. This year, we will offer those reflections through the lens of a Lenten discipline of sacred resistance.

Now, to be clear: Sacred resistance is not something created by a think tank on November 9, 2016. It is as foundational to Christian faith as our baptismal promise to “persevere in resisting evil” and as traditional as this verse from the great Harry Fosdick hymn “God of Grace and God of Glory:”

Save us from weak resignation
to the evils we deplore;
let the gift of your salvation
be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
serving you whom we adore.

What are the evils we are called to resist and how do we equip ourselves to resist them? What are the spiritual disciplines that fuel you to continue in the struggle and where do you turn for renewal when you run out of gas? And what are the many ways we live out that call to sacred resistance — individually and collectively — as members of the All Saints Community? These are but some of the questions we will be asking and answering as we journey these forty days together.

So plan now to join us on that journey. Read the daily reflections on this site, like our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter. And if you have stories to offer about your Lenten discipline of sacred resistance, send them our way! We’d love to include them as together we tell the story of this 40 day journey to Easter we call Lent. Just email us at info@allsaints-pas.org with “Sacred Resistance” in the subject line.

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