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President’s Blog: March 2022

For our Lenten journey in 2022, we will do well to reflect on Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians: “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity (kairos), let us do good to all.” (Galatians 6:9-10).

Pope Francis' Lenten Message Introduction

March beckons us …

The beginning of a month that is tragically living up to its name. We support the suffering people of the Ukraine resisting Russian aggression, and we accompany the grieving Ukrainian community here in Oregon. We encourage everyone to accept the invitation of Pope Francis for Ash Wednesday, March 2, to be a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine.

The beginning of a month when we start to honor the women in this nation who made a difference. We shall share herstories of the women in our families, our communities, our churches and faith and spiritual groups. And we shall also honor the cisgender and transgender women and girls of all generations and ages now making a difference in our lives and society.

The beginning of a month that starts a 40-day Lenten journey into the wilderness with a mark of ashes on our foreheads foretelling our impermanence. We shall reflect deeply, ponder, pray, wrestle with all that occupies our hearts and minds, confess, forgive, do and undo our thoughts, feelings, actions, behaviors, response and pro-action about so many areas of our lives.

March transforms us.

Blessings,Andrea Cano signatureThe Rev. Andrea R. Cano (she, her, ella)
Interim President

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