Last night we "celebrated" ash wednesday. At the Co-op we are taking the impositions of ashes very seriously. "remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return," so seriously in fact that we are starting a garden. Spending lent working in the dirt and dust, and seeing if we can create something new that's worth saying "Ha#$ll*&ia" about. Last night we had our lenten service garden side, and blessed our seeds (okra, eggplant, bell peppers, beans, tomatoes, and cucumber). We also started confession. I know it may seem crazy, that we don't practice confession as a community 2 years into our growth. BUT we don't. It seems to me that something as personal/communal/intense as confession needs a bit of introduction and some real sincerity as a practice. What better time then lent to do that? Lent is a time for us to really die unto ourselves and become little Christs. In order to do this we may take up practices, or give things up. It's a season of transformation, Christ has become the messiah and so we must follow the example and become little Christs ourselves. Confession is the time that we take to confess to one another. We are setting part of ourselves aside and honestly transforming before God. It is a humbling part of being in community. Something i have been missing, and something that i'm glad we are doing at the co-op.
I'm also glad that we are taking up a communal practice this lent. We are going to take sunday mornings to sabbath and work in the garden. It will be an interesting undertaking for a group of people who know hardly anything about gardening or agriculture. This blog will be dedicated to documenting our journey in gardening.
We have a lot going on this season of lent, a garden, a spiritual practice of sabbath, sxsw showcase, pete rollins, and emergent village's 8th day art project. But it's great to be participating in the community of Austin, the greater community of the church, and to be strengthening in the community of the Co-op.