This year we are focusing on hunger. Inspired by our youth, each of us has been invited to take responsibility for alleviating hunger and malnutrition. One practice offered was to live on a food stamp budget for a period of time. Fasting from food can be a grace of identification with so many in the world who have little choice about when and what to eat. When I eat on a food stamp allocation, I am brought into greater solidarity with those who have little to eat and I am more passionate about its injustice. Other benefits of fasting let us experience other spiritual yearnings such as longing, thirsting and desiring.

These hungers are paths to communion with God, each other, and the ones Jesus calls our neighbor. Fasting helps us focus on the now instead of the next. We become present to ourselves and each other with acceptance and gratitude instead of trying to leverage what someone can do for us to acquire more or win influence. Fasting has amazing capabilities for focus and resolve. Join us at our Sunday Forums at 10:15 a.m. to explore the bounty of hunger and at our Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, March 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to be guided by Dr. Kathy Brown through spiritual hunger and thirst as seen in Christian spirituality across the centuries.