Lent, the 40 days leading to Easter, invites us to prepare our minds, hearts, and spirits for the celebration of Easter by focusing on habits of: prayer, confession, and fasting.  While there are countless ways to go about fasting (setting limits, doing with less, abstaining), we offer an idea to consider.  By concentrating attention and effort on reducing waste, we are able to affirm the goodness of creation, steward our finances and items in effective ways, and practice the discipline of simplicity.  Consider joining us as we Re-Lent...rethink Lent through the lens of reducing waste. 

See below for specific ideas to incorporate into your life this season!

practical Ideas for reducing waste:

  • Purchase and use a refillable water bottle
  • Purchase and use a refillable coffee mug
  • Learn what is truly recyclable - Info here
  • Combine short errands or other outings with exercise by walking or riding a bike instead of taking the car
  • Give up meat for one week and eat plant-based whole foods which are more “sustainable” 
  • Pick one type of item you would normally throw out and start collecting them for reuse (Pinterest has many ideas!)
  • Sign up for Freecycle - The Freecycle Network is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.

Try Composting!

Composting can sound overwhelming - but you can start with just a few simple steps at home.  Also, soon there will be compost bins at church, which we will share with Point Loma Nazarene University's garden.  

For more more information on how to compost, visit this amazing composting resource guide from our city.