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Fifth Week of Lent

Taking Personal Action



Exploring Alternative Ways of Getting Around, Reducing Carbon Emissions

Earth's climate has always been changing - sometimes slowly, sometimes suddenly. But today's situation is unique. The change is being caused by one of God's creatures. Humans have become a massive force. Our population has dramatically increased (6.5 billion today, compared to 1.6 billion in 1900) and our technological inventiveness has improved. The production of industrial chemicals has expanded and the use of petroleum has become widespread. We can hardly imagine our life without the multiplicity of products which involve petroleum use. The benefits are remarkable. But petroleum also has harmful effects upon the planet's atmosphere. Plus, as a non-renewable energy resource the supply is limited. When it's gone, it's gone. We are now challenged to find renewable energy sources such as solar, wind or geothermal. 

The U.S. is less than 5% of the world's population, but we are responsible for about 20% of the carbon dioxide being emitted. Minimizing the use of our cars and selecting alternative means of transportation whenever possible can help curb the trend toward global climate change and save precious petroleum resources for future generations.

During Lent we have been exploring how to live out God's call to be good stewards of Earth's resources and to care for the planet. This week's challenge may be the toughest of all: to examine our transportation choices. Since 1/3 of U.S. air pollution comes from petroleum-powered transportation, we need to think carefully about how we get around.

To learn more about actions you can take, what the church is saying about transportation, and additional resources click on the buttons in the column to the right.

O Giver of Life, 
you called your chosen people 
to journey with you 
and blessed their movement 
with guidance and grace. 
Support our human family as we search 
for alternative means to fuel our journeys. 
Give us the creativity and courage 
to act differently to protect your creation 
and share its resources fairly. 

“God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." – Psalm 24:1
Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

Our Ministry

Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.

This Week...

If there's only one thing you can do...


Try abstaining from your car for one whole day

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