Federal Way's Calvary Lutheran Church is going green — not for St. Patrick's Day, but for Lent. Though the congregation's sacrifice is a new twist on an old tradition, churchgoers are certainly embodying the spirit of this Christian remembrance in a way relevant to the 21st century.
The spirit of Lent is to reexamine one's way of living and identify how a change can be made on either the individual or societal level.
Calvary Lutheran members will examine their role as "Caretakers of Creation" during the six-week period of abstinence. Among other things, the congregation will work to recycle more, use energy-efficient light bulbs, conserve water and use less paper. In addition, each individual will spend one day without using technology of any kind to "come back in contact with nature and truly appreciate that God has created the beauty of creation," Rev. Lori Cornell told The News Tribune.