Lent is an invitation to practice our faith in radical ways,
preparing us to join God in the big Spirit ideas that birth abundant life,
that transform us through Love,
and shower our grace-starved world with God’s revolutionary mercy.
Lent is an invitation to practice disciplines that lead us
to deeply share in the struggle of the poor and marginalized,
to see and embrace and learn from the outcast and shunned ones,
to joyfully carry each other’s burdens,
and to follow Jesus, the condemned criminal that he is,
into direct confrontation with the powers that steal and kill and destroy.
Those were the last two sentences of a chapel talk I was invited to share at Baylor University on February 3, 2016. I was asked to discuss Lent and share about my journey of practicing Lent in the uniform of the imprisoned in 2014. Watch the entire service here (the prayer and introduction begin at about 17:45 but you will miss some great praise and worship beforehand).
Lent is an invitation. It is an invitation to embrace change.
Lent changes us. Maybe not the world as we want it to, but our world as we need it to.
As we enter this Holy Lenten Season again, we continue to invite you to join us in a movement for change on behalf of the millions of our neighbors who suffer under the devastating realities of mass incarceration and its collateral consequences. In particular, we invite you to join us in our Fair Chance Hiring Policy Initiatives. We are seeking changes in local hiring policies to ensure that people with criminal records are given a fair chance to show their qualifications for jobs they desperately want, instead of being unfairly discriminated against because of past mistakes that they have already atoned for. We invite you, Lent invites you, to join us in the following opportunities as we seek to build solidarity with and creatively advocate on behalf of our brothers and sisters in the struggle:
Buy a t-shirt and wear it on Wednesdays during Lent.
Shirts are $10 and are available at the main Mission Waco office, 1315 N. 15th St., Waco, TX 76707. Or email us at email@example.com if you want a shirt and do not live in the Waco area. We can ship you a shirt for a small shipping fee.
Join us for Locked In Solidarity.
5:30 pm Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Meyer Center Chapel, 1226 Washington Ave., Waco, TX 76701