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Reflecting on Wilderness, Justice, and Discipleship in Democracy at Start of Lent

Feb 17, 2021

For the past several years, LAMPa has organized an ecumenical “ashes-to-go” offering of prayers and anointing at the state Capitol.  The opportunity to stop and pray and remember our common humanity, our common mortality, our common need for forgiveness, has become a welcome annual intrusion of deep connection into the the hectic day-to-day business in the public square.  In this year when it might be most welcome, the pandemic is the intrusion that will keep us away from the Capitol with our ashes and oil.  Instead, we will gather virtually on Ash Wednesday, and invite you to join us as LAMPa Chair, the Rev. Matthew Best, plus a panel of theologians and and advocates reflect on wilderness, our baptismal call to strive for justice, and discipleship in this democracy.

Part of the Wednesday Worship and Wonder series hosted by Lower Susquehanna Synod, the recorded event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with worship led by Best and LAMPA intern, seminarian Margaret Folkemer-Leonard. Worship will focus on texts for the first Sunday in Lent, which follows the United Nations World Day of Social Justice. At 12:15, panelists will respond, examining what it means to be public church for the sake of the world, the new social message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy as well as the ongoing development of the related social statement.

Panelists include the Rev. Amy Reumann, Director of ELCA Advocacy, Dennis Frado, Director, Lutheran Office for World Community, ELCA & Main Representative at UN Headquarters for the Lutheran World Federation, the Rev. Dr. Carmelo Santos, ELCA director for theological diversity and ecumenical and interreligious engagement in the Office of the Presiding Bishop, and Dr. Crystal Hall, assistant professor of biblical studies at United Lutheran Seminary and member of LAMPa’s policy council. LAMPa Director Tracey DePasquale will host and share resources for further study and small group conversation, as well as an invitation to participate in listening sessions informing the creation of the new social statement. Tune in here. 




Feb 17, 2021
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