On (not) giving up stuff for Lent

Just a pastoral note: not all Christians give up things for Lent. I’ve been asked about this again this year by Uniting Church folk.

It’s normal for Catholics and for a lot of Anglicans to give up stuff for Lent, but not for Protestants and Pentecostals – not even for Protestants or Pentecostals who fast regularly. There’s a back story, particularly for the traditions that go back to the Reformation in Switzerland (like the Uniting Church in Australia). For us, it all began with a sausage sizzle. You can read my blog of that story here
https://andrewfdutney.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/it-all-began-with-a-sausage-sizzle-2/

Of course, UnitingWorld’s Lent Event has given us a great excuse to reassess our aversion to Lenten discipline… Or perhaps it’s just the exception that proves the rule http://www.unitingworld.org.au/

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Niall Cooper, Lent: Going Deeper

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