Lent 2023

 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
—Psalm 51:11, Book of Common Prayer, p. 266

Lent is a holy season of thoughtful reflection and self-assessment.  The Community Outreach Team is asking the people of St. Mary's to focus this Lent on creation care - that is trying to be intentional about our relationship, both personal and as a church community, with our environment.  

But what can one person do?

Learn more. 

A group of us gathered together to view David Attenborough's documentary, A Life on Our Planet.  It really opened our eyes.  You can see A Life on Our Planet on Netflix. 

Make a sustainable intention for Lent.

  • Use your own bottle or mug for coffee or water.
  • Switch to LED lights - and turn some lights off.
  • Have a 2-degree goal at home - put heat down or A/C up 2 degrees.
  • Start composting.
  • Plant a tree or start a garden.
  • Eat more plant-based foods.  (We have recipes to share!)
  • Walk, bicycle or carpool more.
  • Use less plastic (especially plastic bags).

Watch more

OSLRI after a title means that it is available at your Ocean State Library in DVD.

  1. Climate Refugees - Amazon Prime
  2. Climate Change - The Facts - Amazon Prime & PBS 
  3. Before the Flood - Disney+, OSLRI
  4. An Inconvenient Truth - Hulu, Amazon Prime, OSLRI 
  5. Our Planet - Netflix 
  6. Chasing Ice - Amazon Prime, OSLRI 
  7. 2040 - Hulu, OSLRI 
  8. Chasing Coral – Netflix

Read more

  1. A Life on Our Planet - David Attenborough (Also available as an audiobook - check your local public library.)
  2. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster - Bill Gates
  3. The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet - Michael E. Mann
  4. On Fire: The Case for the Green New Deal - Naomi Klein
  5. Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet - Thich Nhat Hanh

 Care of Creation is a goal that St. Mary's is sharing with the larger Episcopal Church.  Visit our Creation Care Blog to learn more.  Visit the larger Episcopal Church website to see what other churches and the wider church is doing.