You are welcome to sign up for this e-course any time before the last day, March 30, 2018. After you do, you will find in your account an archive of the sessions covered so far, and you can read them online or resend them to yourself.

The season of Lent is filled with promise. That is, Lent comes to us each year with fertile possibilities for spiritual growth and creative transformation. Not only Christians, but people of all faiths or no faith have come to recognize the deep wisdom of the season.

During Lent, we especially remember the wisdom of living-by-dying — letting go of attachments to things that cannot last. Many of these finite things are inside us: the compulsion to be needed, to receive approval, to control our destinies, to succeed, to avoid suffering, to isolate ourselves from one another, and to fear the future. The new life that arises through the process of letting go may not always be “happy” by conventional standards, but it is filled with harmony, intensity, love, delight, and strength of beauty. As Jesus spoke of the "kernel of wheat," which must fall to the ground and die for new life to spring forth, so living-by-dying is the seed of Easter hidden within Lent.

In this e-course, Jay McDaniel and Patricia Adams Farmer will present 18 inspiring offerings for Lent from the standpoint of process thought. They write and teach with a vision of the universe as a network of creativity and inter-becoming; and of God as relational, loving, present with us in the darkness, and always luring us towards fresh forms of new life.

The nine promises to be pondered and practiced during this course are:

  • inter-becoming
  • zest for life
  • forgiveness
  • imagination
  • creative lamentation
  • kindness
  • courage
  • love of beauty
  • hope

You will receive sessions via email on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from Ash Wednesday through Good Friday. A Practice Circle will be available 24/7, where you can share responses and experiences with others from our worldwide community, and also interact with the teachers. Thoughtful insights, soul-nourishing stories, online music, videos, and spiritual practices will accompany your Lenten journey.

Jay McDaniel is the Willis Holmes Professor of Religious Studies at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, the author of several books, and editor of the website Open Horizons ( Patricia Adams Farmer is the minister of Millersburg Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Millersburg, Missouri, and author of several books ( Both are active in the worldwide community of process thought and share a blog, "Process Musings," here at Spirituality & Practice.

We hope that you will join us to bring the promises of Lent alive in your own experience.

(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.) To register for this e-course, click on the "Subscribe to E-Course" button below.

Wednesday, February 14 - Friday, March 30


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