2012 Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast

This year I’ve decided to participate in the 2012 Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast sponsored by the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ and endorsed by the four Episcopal bishops of Massachusetts.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, each day I will receive an email with the day’s suggested carbon-reducing activity ranging from the very simple (eliminating “vampire” electrical use, taking “military showers” and reducing driving speed) to the more challenging and long term (buying local produce, consider getting involved in a community garden).

More information can be obtained by going to www.macucc.org/carbonfast

In years gone by, I would have dismissed this as “trendy” and not sufficiently ascetic for a true catholic such as myself, but this year I’ve been paying more attention to the second Old Testament reading assigned for Ash Wednesday. You know, that uncomfortable one from Isaiah 58 where God says:

“Is not this the fast I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your homes; when you see the naked to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

…then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom like the noonday

…your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.”

If we are to rebuild the ancient ruins of our cities, raise up a foundation for future generations, repair the breach between Creator and Creation, and restore streets which can sustain life, we had better learn to take better care of “this fragile earth, our island home!

Trendy? “Secular?”

Yeah, just like old Isaiah!

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