Ash Wednesday invites us into the season of Lent, a time within the church year to acknowledge that we are mortal, limited, so that we might be transformed and become the new life God calls us to be. An initiative of UCC New England Regional Environmental Ministries and endorsed by other denominations and faith groups, the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast is an opportunity to become more conscious and conscientious in our daily lives.
The activities range from the very simple (e.g. eliminate “vampire” electrical use) to the moderately challenging (e.g. take “military" showers) to more long term (e.g. buy local produce). We consider all of the activities a form of spiritual practice, a concrete way of participating in the stewardship of God’s creation. The intention is to provide do-able actions which can make a difference; not to overwhelm people, or make them feel bad about themselves, or cause them to feel that the situation is hopeless. We want people to empower people so they can challenge themselves to do more.