Christian Simplicity: A Lenten Course

Christian Simplicity

Protecting God’s Creation        Embracing Gospel Justice       Nurturing Spiritual Fulfillment

A Seven-Session Discussion Course

A Meaningful Lenten Experience


If your church would like to participate in a creation care/social justice Lenten program this year, but you do not have resources available to purchase, the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center has “scholarship” funding available for its Lent 4.5 program.

Lent 4.5 is a series of handouts that use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to raise awareness of issues such as Christian Simplicity, Food, Water, Energy, and Gratitude. Versions are available for Catholic churches and other Christian churches that observe Lent.

If you would like to participate for just a nominal shipping fee, please contact Mary Mattingly at the email or phone below. Thank you!

(502) 452-2749<><>


Lent 4.5: Christian Simplicity

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” –Micah 6:8


The Passionist Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville is once again offering its engaging Lent 4.5 program for churches, faith-sharing groups, and individuals. A seven-week program of faith formation, Lent 4.5 uses the tradition Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace gospel justice, and nurture spiritual fulfillment. The heart of the program is the handout or bulletin insert on such themes as Christian Simplicity, Food, Water, Energy, and Gratitude.


Additional offerings include a discussion book for small groups, a Sunday School resource book, a coordinator’s manual, and extensive email support during the program.


For further information, contact or call (502) 452-2749. Visit us at or on Facebook.



“Thank you for the wonderful Lent 4.5 materials! Several of us took a "field trip" on a beautiful spring day to purchase local/regional food that some used in their Easter meals. Thanks again for your work in making our Lenten experience deeper, more meaningful, "green" and sustainable!”—Kim, First Christian Church, Frankfort KY


“Lent 4.5 changes hearts and minds. It was a great program of conversion

for my church.” --Rev. Tim Mitchell, Episcopal Church of the Advent, Louisville, KY


“Our church was looking for a Lenten curriculum that would address spiritual needs in the fullest possible way—by honoring not only our Creator but also the world God created. We found it in Lent 4.5!”  -- Rev. Dr. Patricia K. Tull, A. B. Rhodes Professor Emerita of Old Testament, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary; Adult Sunday School teacher and Green Team chair, First Presbyterian Church, Jeffersonville, IN


“Lent 4.5 was really great material to help deepen our inner and outward expressions of Lent. Thanks for creating a resource to challenge us to make our world a better, more peaceful place for all of God’s creatures.” --Community of Christ, Orange, CA Congregation


Mary Mattingly, Program Coordinator

Lent 4.5: Christian Simplicity

Passionist Earth and Spirit Center

1924 Newburg Road

Louisville, Kentucky 40205

(502) 452-2749

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