I was walking back to my pew after Eucharist when I pulled out my phone. Instinctively, I opened the popular app MyFitnessPal and searched for “communion” in its directory of food. I found myself choosing between several options: “Communion wafer and wine (5 calories),” “bread for communion (10 calories),” “Communion bread — Eucharist (0 calories)."
Over the past several weeks, the LDI staff has mutually developed a new set of values that establish the foundation of our work. In doing so, we hope to share what is important for us and reconnect to the ongoing process of discernment that is necessary for the Church to meet God's vision. Below, see our revised values and what they mean to the staff at LDI.
How can we become a Church that overturns injustice and empowers people on the margins of a community? To lead a Church that can make a real impact in the world, we need tools that can dismantle oppressive power structures and access the truth of our experiences. These tools must help us address the ego-centered ways we’ve learned to live so that we can become — as Jesus urges — “humble like [a] child.”
However, as I have grown, I began to see Lent differently. A few years ago, instead of asking myself, “What do I want to give up?” I asked, “What will help me reconnect me to God?” With this shift, Lent has become less about promoting my super-humanness and more about remembering my human need for God and others.