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Lenten series to explore ‘mindfulness’

The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Alexandria will host a Lenten series titled “Mindfulness,” which is the quality of being aware of spiritual capacity and how to live as human beings in relation to the world.

The presentations will take place every Wednesday from now through April 9.

A soup and sandwich meal is offered at 5:30 p.m., with the programs from 6 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Following are the topics:

March 19: Pastor Richard Lawrence of the Twin Cities will discuss his newly formed UCC “Shift” Church, a virtual church that is reaching out to individuals who have little connection to a religious life because of personal rejection. This will be a Skype interview with opportunity for live conversation with Lawrence.

March 26: Jon Hall and Barbara Brown will lead a discussion based on Bruce Sanguin’s book Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos. In the book, Sanguin lays the foundation for a mind-shift change, away from a perspective that views the earth as a commodity, to a perspective that reveres the earth and all creation. It is not necessary to have read the book to attend.

Wednesday, April 2: Jean Johnson, a local expert on climate change, will help participants become aware of what each individual can do to better understand and respond in ways that will improve their place in the environment.

April 9: Pastor Scott Keehn will lead the group in how to bring scripture closer to how they can conduct their lives through knowledge of God’s plan.

In Mindfulness: A Biblical Journey, participants will explore the passages that point to Jesus’ spiritual disciplines and practices. These will portray how the “mindfulness” of God and God’s purposes both focused and energized His life and ministry.

Participants should bring a notebook, pencil and a Bible.

The fellowship hall is handicapped accessible. A free will donation will be accepted for the supper. For more information, call (320) 763-3341.