#LiveLent 2020: Care for God’s Creation
13th January 2020
The #LiveLent campaign for 2020, starting on Ash Wednesday, has been inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent Book, Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (see below). It aims to build on the success of previous Lent campaigns, including #LentPilgrim in 2019, which had an overall online reach of nearly seven million.
The Easter Monday Pilgrimage at St Albans Cathedral will also take the environment as its theme.
Church House Publishing has released two versions of #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge. The pocket-sized booklet for adults includes short daily readings and reflections, and the one for children/families focuses on a daily challenge, with weekly readings and prayers. Both booklets are introduced by the Archbishops and mirror the weekly themes of Saying Yes to Life. Free digital access to the daily reflections will be available via an app, social media, e-mail and on Alexa/Google Home.
Click here for church resources for the 2020 #LiveLent campaign
Click here to order copies of either the adult’s or children’s booklets (there are discounts for buying in bulk)
Click here to sign up for the daily reflections by e-mail
Saying Yes to Life: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2020
Ruth Valerio. SPCK Publishing, £9.99 e-book £7.99 (see discount code below)
‘Lent is a time for us to focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection, and our reconciliation and atonement with God through his sacrifice. This year, I hope you might spend some time thinking about our reconciliation with God’s creation as we explore the creation story of Genesis 1 together. Ruth Valerio’s book is perfect for individuals and groups to think, reflect, pray and be challenged together.’ The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby
As the scale of the global climate crisis becomes daily more apparent with bush fires, melting polar ice and a million species faced with extinction, the publication of this year’s Lent book with its themes of the environment and social justice is the first in a series of key events being planned by the Church of England in what has been described as ‘make or break’ year. The aim is to inspire our government and world leaders to take action on climate change at the COP26 climate talks to be held in Glasgow in November.
Commissioned from the distinguished author, theologian and environmentalist, Dr Ruth Valerio, Saying Yes to Life is both a spiritual guide and a resource for a Lent journey that encourages us to reconsider our relationship with God’s creation in the light of the story in Genesis 1.
Each chapter takes as its theme one of the days of creation and explores that theme with reference to the whole Bible, looking at the evidence for God’s love for all his creation. Each chapter concludes with discussion and a prayer appropriately written by a young person from each of the seven continents. The seventh day provides a perfect opportunity for a celebration of Easter Sunday and the resurrection and a consideration of how we can learn from the course and move forward.
Three over-arching themes run throughout the book. The first is that of God as Creator, exploring the hugeness of God’s creation from the vastness of the universe right down to God’s love for the doe bringing up her young and the humour of the ostrich burying its head in the sand.
The second main theme is our amazing world, inspiring us to marvel at nature in all its abundant variety, with examples of animals and indigenous peoples presented from across the globe. At the same time we are required to acknowledge and lament the damage caused to the natural world and to repent of the increase in human suffering as a result of man-made climate change.
The third theme is courage, and our response both individually and as the church to the desperate cry of creation. The author’s hope in writing the book was that churches would feel inspired to take action, and every chapter includes a reference to a website containing inspirational interviews with authorities from around the world.