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Lenten series focuses on the disruption of a pandemic year

BRATTLEBORO—March 15 marks the one-year anniversary of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church’s time of separation, as well as deep and previously unthinkable changes in our lives, due the COVID-19 pandemic.

The church’s online Lenten series this year, “Voices from the Wilderness: Reflections on a Year of Disruption,” will reflect on this time and all the changes it has wrought.

All are welcome to join in all or any part of the six evening events, which will be held on Tuesdays, from Feb. 23 to March 23, from 6 to 7:20 p.m.

“The Wilderness is one of the ways Christians think about Lent. It is the place of Jesus’ temptation and fasting; it is the place where the Jews wandered for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land; it is also the place where early Christian monks and nuns chose to live in order to be closer to God,” the church writes in a news release.

“The Wilderness is a place of hardship and danger, but also a place of growth and renewal. In what ways have we been living that paradox in this time?”

The Lenten Series includes the voices of folks from medical, educational, and church fields to find out what this last year has been like for them.

Join in for part or all of each evening, which will begin with a dinner conversation from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Speakers and themes will be introduced at 6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion, a question-and-answer session, and a short closing worship service.

Zoom links will be provided in the eNews section of the front page of the church’s website, stmichaelsvermont.org.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #600 (Wednesday, February 17, 2021). This story appeared on page A7.

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