Starting February 21, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in West Sedona presents Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy, an ecumenical Lenten program for anyone who is interested. The weekly series introduces a Christian doctrine that embraces scientific truth, recognizes God as one who loves humankind unconditionally, and encourages people to extend that love to others.
Sessions are held on Wednesdays through March 21 at 5:30PM at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, 100 Arroyo Pinon Drive. Following a soup supper participants, who may attend as many sessions as they wish, will engage in a one-hour workshop that includes a DVD presentation, discussion, and closing prayer. The series is facilitated by Cottonwood and Sedona residents Janet Wakefield, Jan Haury, Winnie Follett, and St. Andrew’s’ rector, The Rev. Monica Whitaker.
Regarding St. Andrew’s’ series, Wakefield explains, “I grew up in a time when church attendance was high. For me and for many people today, the Christianity they grew up with seems too focused on morality and sin, too at odds with scientific knowledge, too hierarchical, emphasizing correct beliefs rather than the practice of loving God and our neighbors as ourselves.”
Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy was developed by Father Richard Rohr and Tim Scorer. Rohr is a Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation based in Albuquerque. A core CAC belief is that “lifestyle and practice are much more important than mere verbal orthodoxy.” Teachings focus on spirituality, contemplation, and compassion. Scorer is a retired Canadian teacher who produces multi-media packages for progressive Christian education.
Lent is a Christian observance that spans 40 days, during which believers recall Jesus’ fasting in the desert, his ministry among the people, and his betrayal, suffering, and death. The Lenten season is a period for prayer, study, reflection, humility, and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter, Christ’s resurrection and triumph over evil and death.
Free and open to the public. Supper donations gratefully accepted (but not required) to support Episcopal Relief & Development’s efforts to heal a hurting world. All are welcome. Come as you are.