Join us for our Lent 2019 e-course Lent another way
This self-guided practice of creative reflection for the 40 days of Lent is designed to be an eye/mind/soul-opening way to experience Lent, one that we hope can help you move closer to your own heart and the heart of the world. Put together by songwriter, liturgy-creator and spiritual writer Lenora Rand, nationally-recognized poet and writing coach cin salach, and Micky ScottBey Jones - the Justice Doula - a contemplative activist and writer, these daily emails will be like having three kind, wise, inspiring and never-shaming friends to walk through this season with you.
HOW IT WORKS
Each day during the 6 weeks of Lent you’ll get an email with a curated selection of the suggested scriptures for the day from the Revised Common Lectionary , as well as a quote or song or piece of art to reflect on, and a simple, inspirational prompt to help guide you in reflection and writing.
The e-course will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and will run through Easter Sunday, April 21. We’ve included a sample of one of the daily emails you’d receive here as well.
The cost is only $39 per person, which is less than $1 a day.
WANT TO DO THE COURSE WITH A GROUP?
Purchase 5 or more courses, use discount code: grouprate at checkout to save $10 per person. Purchase 10 or more and use discount code: grouprate10 at checkout to save $15 per person. Purchase 20 or more and use discount code: grouprate20 at checkout to save $20 per person.
More about the Writers of Lent Another Way
Poet of page and stage, Illinois Arts Council recipient, and four-time Ragdale fellow, cin has collaborated with musicians, video artists, dancers, photographers, and most recently, healers, chefs and scientists, for over 30 years.
She has published two books of poetry, “Looking for a Soft Place to Land” and “When I am Yes”, and her work has appeared on both “This American Life” and “Oprah”. Widely published in journals and anthologies, including Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days, she had the honor of her very own coming out story being turned into a musical (!!) and premiered at Chicago’s LGBTQIA theatre, About Face, in 2001, where she also got to work with the extraordinary Youth Theater, leading writing workshops.
cin believes we all have a story to tell, we just need a safe space to tell it. And someone who has our back (and our heart) to help tell it. She has made it her life’s mission to be that person for as many people as she can. So she’s led workshops in women’s shelters across Chicago, created the award-winning after school poetry program, “Words@Play” in collaboration of the Chicago Park District and the Children’s Humanities Fest serving kids from grades 1-6 throughout Chicago’s south and West sides. She’s also worked with Lenora Rand and The Many on many occasions, leading workshops and worship experiences at the Wild Goose Festival as well as at Chicago’s LaSalle Street Church, where her liturgical-year-inspired writer’s workshop ran for 3 years, and had a waiting list for participants.
Today cin lives in Chicago with her young son and their two cats. Her love of poetry and her belief that it can change lives, has led her to create her business, poemgrown, to help people mark the most important occasions in their lives with poetry. You can follow her on Instagram @poemgrown
Mickey ScottBey Jones
Micky - the Justice Doula - accompanies people as they birth more love, justice and shalom into our world. As a womanist, faith rooted, contemplative activist, healer, and nonviolence practitioner, Micky supports students, clergy, activists and everyday leaders in a variety of roles - speaker, writer, facilitator, pilgrimage guide and teacher. She is the Director of Resilience and Healing Initiatives with the Faith Matters Network and is a core team member with The People’s Supper who has gathered more than 10,000 people around tables since the 2016 U.S. election for bridging and healing conversations. Micky earned a M.A. in Intercultural Studies from NAIITS/Portland Seminary and is currently pursuing advanced studies in the Enneagram.
You can find pieces of her soul (writing) in two multi-authored books - Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture and Religion and Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers releasing in 2019. She has been a contributor at Evangelicals For Social Action, The Porch Magazine, Sojourners and Red Letter Christians.
Named one of the Black Christian leaders changing the world in Huffington Post, Micky travels the world exploring peacemaking and relationships in different contexts, spreading revolutionary love, engaging in authentic conversations, participating in transformative experiences - and most importantly - she never passes up a dance floor.
Lenora wants to give us all the words that we long to sing, say and hear, ones that speak to the truth of our lives and remind us that we are loved and we belong. One way she does that is through the Plural Guild. As co- founder of this collective she helps craft and curate music, prayers, visual art and liturgy for people who want to worship in ways that more deeply reflect a peaceful, just and open expression of faith.
As the lyricist for the band, The Many, Lenora writes songs that honestly wrestle with faith and doubt, and reflect the struggle for hope and love in the midst of a world torn apart by racism, injustice and exclusion. A contributor to publications like RedLetterChristians, The Burnside Writers Collective and Christian Century, she’s also the author of a blog called Spiritual Suckitude (a favorite on the Chicago Tribune’s blogging platform, ChicagoNow, for many years) about trying to figure out how to live her life with more attention, intention and grace, while working 60 hours a week in a big, nasty ad agency, having a less than positive attitude about the state of the world, generally being pretty sucky at being spiritual, and dealing with a long-standing addiction to diet Pepsi and shame. Her book, Just As I Am: Stories From Two Years of Embracing My Not-So-Good-At-Being-Godly Life is available here.
Lenora is a sought after workshop leader, coach and sometimes even preacher - leading workshops around the intersection of writing, healing & justice, and liturgical experiences at places like The Wild Goose Festival, the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference, Dubuque Seminary and St. Paul School of Theology, as well as churches around the country. And these days, because she rarely sleeps, she also runs a strategic and creative consultancy called SmallGood, helping all kinds of businesses and nonprofits committed to making a positive impact in the world “grow their good.”