2016 Lenten Study and Action

As we approach the Lenten Season and remember Jesus’s journey to Jerusalem and his actions and words on the way, and in Jerusalem, where he confronted the powers of his day in a way that lead to his death and resurrection; so we, as progressive scriptural Christians in Alabama, need to set our face toward Montgomery and the State Legislature. That is where the political, economic and religious powers in Alabama come together to legislate justice or injustice for the poor, the brokenhearted, the prisoners, and the oppressed in It is our plan to reflect on the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C, Bible readings for Ash Wednesday, the Sundays of Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter to discern the mind of Christ in his journey to Jerusalem and his ministry in Jerusalem. We will focus primarily on the Gospel readings.

Then, we plan to see what the meaning of Jesus’ work in his historical context calls us to say and do in relationship with the contemporary powers gathered in Montgomery, Alabama. We plan to do this biblical and theological work as it applies to the injustices of the eleven issue focuses of The Alabama Moral Movement.

We will also study and reflect on the injustices present in Alabama in these eleven issue focuses of The Alabama Moral Movement and bring to expression what Jesus would say and do to call for justice in those areas of concern. And prepare written and video statements to give a clear expression to the injustices and a call for change and justice in Alabama consistent with the mind of Christ.

The eleven issue focuses of The Alabama Moral Movement are:

  • Labor Rights
  • Women’s Rights
  • LBGTQ Rights
  • Environmental Justice
  • Veteran’s Rights
  • Education
  • Voting Rights
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Poverty and Inequity
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration.

The Revised Common Lectionary, Year C:

  • Ash Wednesday; Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51: 1-18; 2 Cor. 5:20b-6:10; Matt. 6:1-6, 16-21; John 8:1-11.
  • 1st Sunday Lent: Deut. 26:1-11, Psalm 91: 1-11, Romans 10: 8b-13, Luke 4: 1-13;
  • 2nd Sunday Lent: Genesis 15: 1- 12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Phil. 3: 17- 4:1; Luke 13:31- end;
  • 3rd Sunday Lent: Isaiah 55: 1-9; Psalm 63: 1-9; I Cor. 10: 1-13; Luke 13: 1-9.
  • 4th Sunday Lent: Joshua 5: 9-12, Psalm 32, 2 Cor. 5:16- end, Luke 15: 1-3; 11b – 32,
  • 5th Sunday Lent: Isaiah 43: 16-21, Psalm 126, Phil. 3: 4b – 14, John 12: 1- 8, Palm Sunday: Luke 19: 28-40, Psalm 118: 1-2, 19- end.
  • Maundy Thursday: Exodus 12: 1 – 14, Psalm 116: 1, 19 – end, I Cor. 11: 23-26, John 13: 1 – 17, 31b – 35.
  • Good Friday: Isaiah 52: 18 – end, Psalm 22, Hebrews 10: 16 – 25, John 18: 1 – end.
  • Easter Sunday: Acts 10: 34-43, Isaiah 65: 17- end, Psalm 118: 1- 3, 14 – 24, I Cor. 15: 19-26, John 20: 1-18, Luke 24: 1-12.