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Jonny, thanks for flagging up these resources - this looks like an interesting way of approaching Lent.

I wasn't sure whether to put this comment here or on the SMF blog but I think your observation that 'looking'is a discipline which we need to practice and develop is absolutely right. Stephen Pattison has written extensively about this recovery of what he calls 'haptic vision' in his book 'Seeing Things: Deepening Relations with Visual Artifacts' (based on his 2007 Gifford Lectures) - fascinating and challenging stuff.

David Derbyshire

Hi Jonny! I am fascinated by all this Lent material but I do have a couple of questions. What you would say to those that cock a snoot at the traditional church year and call Lent a load of legalistic twaddle? Are there any resources that you could point to, that make a good case for us observing lent? Any thoughts on this topic would be very much appreciated.


i think the church year provides a great rhythm. no big deal if others don't like it. i don't understand why lent would be legalistic though? the word means spring - it's a season. as far as i am aware it is traditionally a time to focus on discipleship, your relationship with christ in preparation for easter. i like it when that focus becomes communal. and there are some classic texts that help that reflection - prodigal son, beattitudes, jesus in wilderness and so on - all good stuff. for those who feel it is too downbeat the taize book of common prayer describes the season as 40 days celebration of the joy of god's forgiveness!

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