We have curated a list of Curricula & Books for Adults during the season of lent. Below are detailed descriptions of these resources.
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Lenten Programming Resources Guide: The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Book Studies (for Individual, Small, or Large Group Use):
- Inwardly Digest: Connecting scripture, the work of the people, and prayer, this book helps us understand the role of the Book of Common Prayer and how we can use it to deepen our spiritual walk in our everyday lives. This would be great for individuals or small groups to use alongside a practice of the Daily Office in Lent.
- Encuentros con Jesús / Encounters with Jesus: From Forward Movement: This Lent, walk with Jesus through powerful daily devotions that explore God’s Word, the ways we bear one another’s burdens, and our hope in Christ. Written by Latino leaders from across the Episcopal Church, the meditations invite all readers to encounter Jesus through stories and traditions that reflect and transcend culture and community. With the text in English and Spanish, this bilingual book also features questions for personal or group study.” Available in both English and Spanish, it is currently on sale for $9.00.
- A Generous Beckoning From Forward Movement: This stimulating meditative exploration by an accomplished devotional author focuses on scripture verses that offer “divine imperatives”—invitations, urgings, admonitions, or commands that encourage us to experience spiritual life in richer, more meaningful ways. A Generous Beckoning features 99 brief meditations drawing from scripture texts throughout the Old and New Testaments and is divided into three sections, comprising 33 devotional meditations each, flowing naturally around the persons of the Trinity—Father, Son, Holy Spirit or Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer. This book is ideal for personal meditation, book study groups (link to free study guide), or as a gift. Available in English, it is currently on sale for $18.00. You can also purchase it on Kindle or Apple Books.
- Lent in Plain Sight: A Devotional Through 10 Objects From Cokesbury: God is often at work through the ordinary: ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. Through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation, and reconciliation. It is through the mundane that we hear God's quiet voice. In this devotional for the season of Lent, Jill J. Duffield draws readers' attention to ten ordinary objects that Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns, and stones. In each object, readers will find meaning in the biblical account of Jesus' final days. Each week, readers encounter a new object to consider through Scripture, prayer, and reflection.
- Seeking: Honest Questions for Deeper Faith From Sanctified Art: This is a bundle of 11 multimedia ministry resources for the season of Lent–Easter, following the RCL for Year A. Download the free theme infographic to learn more about our theme, Seeking. The lectionary for Year A offers us many stories of Jesus encountering people who are seeking. This Lent, re-engage in the spiritual practice of seeking through this question- and art-orientated resource. The writers encourage you to stay curious, open, and nimble while you create a safe space to explore and be more fully drawn into the fullness of life and the heart of God.
- Sacred Space: Sacred Space is a print version of the online Sacred Space website. It is a resource for incorporating prayer, scripture reading, and intentional meditation into your daily life. While this resource is specific to Lent 2022, they continually publish resources and guides for on-going spiritual formation. Recommended for individual study.
- Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent
Author/Publisher: The Episcopal Church
Method of Delivery: Short online videos found at episcopalchurch.org and free downloadable/printable materials for study. Also includes printable posters, bulletin inserts, and a calendar. Available in Spanish and English.
Audience: Individual Study, Small or Large Group
Summary: Developed by the Way of Love Community and The Episcopal Church, the Way of Love Lenten Curriculum is a seven-week series based on the readings from the Easter Vigil that tie into the seven key spiritual practices identified in the Way of Love: turn, prayer, learn, bless, rest, worship, and go. The purpose of this curriculum is to encourage us to make space for study and preparation for living as disciple of Jesus.
- Witness at the Cross: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Friday by Amy-Jill Levine (Also Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week).
Author/Publisher: Amy-Jill Levine/Cokesbury
Method of Delivery: DVD with six videos (one per session) about 10-12 minutes in length, a Leader Guide, and the books. *Need to order now!
Cost: Books are about $15 each with the Leader Guide at $12 and the DVD about $35.
Audience: Small or Large Groups
Summary: This work by Amy-Jill Levine examines the viewpoints and perspectives of the various people who are witness at Christ’s crucifixion. She explores the meanings and messages of those witnesses and what we have to learn from them. Similarly, her work on Holy Week examines the roles of various people Christ encounters from Palm Sunday until his arrest and crucifixion.