Making Space for Haiti
Through the Lenten initiative "Observing a Holy Lent Makes Space for Haiti," the people of First Presbyterian Church in Arlington VA are encouraged to undertake a sacrificial meal or eating practice. Commitments are posted on a bulletin board inviting conversation and support. Examples include: eating beans and rice for one meal, forgoing meat, giving up bread, eating mindfully, and dining at home.
The congregation is in its second Lenten season of focusing its intention on the people of Haiti. The hunger we experience connects us to those who are truly hungry and reminds us to hunger for the justice of Jesus Christ. Through this Lenten practice, money saved through disciplined eating can be directed toward Presbyterian Disaster Assistance outreach in Haiti following January's earthquake.
At the beginning of worship each Sunday, everyone who followed through with a Lenten discipline moves a scoop of rice from a huge bag to a pot, located on the chancel. Some of the rice will be cooked for the church's Palm Sunday Lunch, and the remainder will be donated to the local shelter.
- The Rev. Charlotte H. Lohrenz, Interim Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Arlington VA