March 1, 2017 – April 14, 2017 all-day America/Chicago Timezone
Various locations (See below)

For corrections or additions to this list, please email Karen Mackey at kmackey@edola.org.


Diocesan-Wide: Bishop’s 2017 Book Study

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1, Bishop Thompson will be sending out a reflection each Wednesday during Lent on The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist. The book can be purchased online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Books-a-Million.
The Bishop’s 2017 Lenten Book Study is being supported by the diocesan Stewardship Congregational Consultants Team (Debbie Hudson, chair; The Rev’d Ralph Howe, St. James, Baton Rouge; The Rev’d Tommy Dillon, St. Margaret’s, Baton Rouge; David Warrington, St. James, Baton Rouge; Jason Akers, St. Paul’s, New Orleans; Sinclair Buquet, St. Matthew’s, Houma). This team is available as a resource to help your congregation, vestry or stewardship team further discuss stewardship. If your congregation might be interested in working with a member of this team in the future, please contact Canon John Kellogg (jkellogg@edola.org).
Want to study the book with a group?
The following churches are leading a book study: St. John’s, Kenner; St. Augustine’s, Metairie; St. Martin’s, Metairie; Advent House, New Orleans; St. Matthew’s, Houma; St. Margaret’s, Baton Rouge; St. Mark’s, Harvey; Christ Church, Slidell; Grace Memorial, Hammond; St. Patrick’s, Zachary.

If interested, please contact these congregations for more information (Click here for a church directory).

You can also read the reflections on the EDOLA website:
Look for new post here every Wednesday morning during Lent.

Walking to Jerusalem with Christ Church, Covington
Walk, run, bike, swim, however you do it, get moving. Christ Church is Walking to Jerusalem this Lent in an attempt to log 6,837 miles – the distance between Christ Church in Covington, LA and St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. The Walk to Jerusalem, originally developed by St. John Providence Health System parish nursing, was designed to increase the physical, spiritual and emotional health of participants. We will provide a meditation each week and a list of walk leaders and locations to begin. You do not need to walk with any particular group. You can participate any time and simply send in your miles to amaxwell@christchurchcovington.com. Or you can join our Facebook page “Walking to Jerusalem with Christ Church Covington” and submit miles there. Each week the Facebook page will be updated with the meditations, information about walking groups and will be a great place for you to share pictures, videos and any other musings about your experience! If you are interested in being a walk leader for your neighborhood or leading a weekly group, please call Anne Maxwell at 985-892-3177. Health for your heart, mind and body. A blessed journey to you.

Sundays in Lent

Discover the Bible at St. Anna’s, New Orleans
1313 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans

An introduction to the people, places and stories of the Bible and discover where The Story lives in your story! Through a process of reading, reflection, discussion and creative expression, both the first-time learner and the lifelong student are invited to an engaging, rewarding encounter with Scripture that will greatly deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Bible. This study will be an Adult learning course taught on Sunday Mornings at 9:00 a.m. It is 30 sessions broken up into appropriate seasonal breaks. The first section “Old Testament” will start during Lent on Sunday, March 5th.


St. Alban’s study on Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ
Sunday, 9:30 am
LSU Campus (Corner of Highland and Dalyrimple)

Fr. Drew will lead a Sunday morning class (9:30 – 10:15) on each of the Sundays of Lent using Fleming Rutledge’s latest book, Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. The book is an extended meditation upon the Cross as the center of Christian faith. A full breakfast will be served to kick off this series at 9:00 on Sunday, *MARCH 5th*. Coffee, fruit, and tasty muffins will be provided each Sunday as well. So please make plans to attend! This class AND book is offered in memory of our beloved John McConnell


Chapel of the Holy Spirit
After the 10:00 am service (coffee hour) and the 6:00 pm (with dinner)
Studying Henri Nouwen’s Finding My Way Home
1100 Broadway St, New Orleans


“Making Sense of the Cross” at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
3412 Haring Rd, Metairie

On Sunday, March 12th, we will begin Part One of a three-part ChurchNext series on Making Sense of the Cross.  In the video-based series, Prof. David Lose invites us to set aside all our ideas and theories about the cross and instead to think of it as an experience. He asks, “What if the gospels aren’t just a record of the cross but an invitation to experience God?”  As he reminds us, there’s a big difference between reading about something and actually doing it.  We will also cover Parts Two and Three on March 19th and April 2nd.  On March 26th, Fr. Michael will share with us a presentation on the Stations of the Cross. Consider making this part of your Lenten journey of walking with Jesus from passion and death to resurrection life.


Wednesdays in Lent

Centering Prayer at Grace Church, St. Francisville
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM or 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Studying Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer By Fr. Thomas Keating

“We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion, the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us.” Fr. Thomas Keating. Join Grace Church on Wednesdays from March 1-29 at either 9:00 am – 10:15 am or 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm. Call the church office to register 225-635-4065.




Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic: Daniel and the Revelation to John
Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans
Dates:  Wednesdays in Lent (March 8,15, 22,29 and April 5) 1:30-2:30 PM (Martin Room)
Judaism and Christianity had an idea of the meaning of history that differed from that of other ancient cultures and religions–they believed that God was in charge of history and that history was linear: that is moving from one place forward to another in accordance with God’s purposes (rather than moving in circles)–purposes that remained veiled at most times and to most people. Hence, apocalyptic literature (apocalyptical=hidden) was unique to the Jewish and Christian theological traditions.  We will read carefully from the Old Testament book of Daniel and from the Revelation to John. seeking out not only the special place that each occupies in their respective canons, but also their relevance today.

Trinity Episcopal Church Lenten Series
Trinity Episcopal Church, 3552 Morning Glory Ave, Baton Rouge

Trinity’s Lent series will be Wednesday evenings March 8 through April 5.
5:30 pm – Stations of the Cross
6:00 pm – Soup Supper
6:30 pm – Gospel of John Bible Study


Service, Supper & Substance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (March 8 – April 12)
5:30 PM Eucharist; Dinner at 6:00 PM; Program 6:30 PM
6249 Canal St.. New Orleans

On Wednesday nights, as part of our “Service, Supper, & Substance” program, St. Paul’s presents a study of the Rev. Hillary Raining’s forthcoming book Joy in Confession: Reclaiming Sacramental Reconciliation. St. Paul’s will be one of only a handful of congregations who have an advance copy of this book for study. That means the book is free to you! Challenge yourself this Lent to step into learning how the Rite of Reconciliation (aka “confession”) can be a transformational spiritual experience. If you would like to join the study, email Fr. Rob at rcourtney@stpauls-lakeview.org. We have Eucharist at 5:30 PM in the chapel, followed by dinner in the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM (a small donation is requested for the meal), and the program at 6:30 PM. All are welcome at any combination of those three parts of the evening.


Soup & Salvation at St. Luke’s Baton Rouge
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Studying Henri Nouwen’s Finding My Way Home
8833 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge

Entering its fourth year, the Soup & Salvation series at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will once again present warm food and fellowship for Wednesday evening gatherings during Lent. This year in our Lenten Soup & Salvation study, we’ll try to find our way home together as we read and talk over Henri Nouwen’s short collection of essays entitled Finding My Way Home. In his touching and intimate style, Nouwen gives us four pathways that can lead us home, back to that place where God sees and loves us in a way that is beyond our words, to that place where our hearts are finally welcomed home, and transformed into that greatest Love of all. Wednesdays, March 8-April 5 in Pope Hall; program begins after 5:30 pm Eucharist, ending at 7:30 pm
More information here


Lenten Holy Eucharist & Soup Suppers
Trinity Church, 302 Greenwood Blvd, Morgan City
Wednesday at 6:00 PM

Lenten Holy Eucharist and Soup Suppers are held each Wednesday evening during Lent from March 8th through April 5th. The Eucharist will be celebrated in the church at 6 pm followed by a soup supper in the Parish Hall.


The Five Marks of Love at Christ Church, Slidell
1534 Seventh St, Slidell

Wednesdays, March 8 – April 5
6:00 pm -7:30 pm.

All are invited to share a light supper followed by a program entitled the Five Marks of Love. The program will be led by Patricia Hart and Father Harry. Patricia is a local artist, a former high school art teacher, a yoga instructor and a member of our parish. 


The Five Marks of Love at Trinity, New Orleans
1329 Jackson Ave, New Orleans

Wednesdays, March 8 – April 5
6:30 pm -7:30 pm. Bishop Polk Hall at Trinity
Contact: melliott@trinitynola.com
This six-week study invites us to observe and engage with the marks of love in our own lives, through short videos, thought provoking questions and prayerful discussion, facilitated by the Reverend Kit McLean and Maria Elliott. Please reserve your space so that Trinity will know how many materials to order.


Lenten Education Series
St. Philip’s, 3643 Aurora Dr, New Orleans
Wednesday at 6:30 PM

Father Steve’s Lenten Education Series will be on Wednesday evenings March 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 6:30PM in the Parish Hall. The Subject is “Prayer and Fasting:  The Spirituality of the Abrahamic Faiths.  We will begin at 6:30 and end at 7:30.  A light supper is provided.

Fridays in Lent

Glory & Gumbo at St. James, Baton Rouge
205 N Fourth St, Baton Rouge

Every Friday (from 12:05 pm-12:30 pm) during Lent, will feature a local religious leader who will take part in the Rev. John Maloney Preaching Series. Come early or stay after for a gumbo lunch (available for purchase and lovingly prepared by the St James Episcopal Church Women.
Download the brochure here


Friday, March 3 at 6:30 PM – Saturday, March 4 at 5:00 PM
Rising Strong™ Workshop Based on the work of Brené Brown
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge

Rising Strong™ Workshop facilitated by the Rev Tommy Dillon and Lailey Jenkins

Rising Strong™ is a process based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability – the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome – is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are inevitably going to stumble and fall. The Rising Strong™ process is about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending.

For more information and to buy tickets for this 2 day workshop: goo.gl/qk520x

Saturday, March 4 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lenten Quiet Morning: Saints Among Us
All Saints, 100 Rex Dr, River Ridge

Sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of All Saints’

The Rev. Susan Gaumer, retired rector of St Andrew’s Church, New Orleans, and a former parishioner of All Saints, River Ridge, will lead a Lenten Quiet Morning, March 4, 9 a.m.-noon, concluding with Eucharist at 11:30am.

The Quiet Morning is entitled, “The Saints Among Us” and dedicated to the memory of churchwoman Cindy Scalia.


9:00- 9:30am             coffee, pastries and fellowship in All Saints’ Morris Hall
9:30-10:15am            First meditation in church followed by quiet time/reflection (in church or on church campus)
10:15-11:00am         Second meditation in church followed by quiet time/reflection   (in church or on church campus)
11:00am                     Final meditation in church followed by quiet time/reflection (in church or on church campus)
11:30am                     Holy Eucharist in church
Noon                          Dismissal

The ECW welcomes everyone, both women and men, to begin Lent with a time of quiet contemplation. If your schedule does not allow time to participate in the Quiet Morning, you are welcome to join us for the 11:30 a.m. Eucharist.

Contact person Ann Ball, aball45@yahoo.com


March 22-24, 2017

Water Justice Conference- Trinity Institute 2017
Partner Site: St. James, 205 N Fourth St, Baton Rouge

Water is a gift. Water is life. As water crises increase, access to safe and clean drinking water decreases. From Flint to Standing Rock, many of today’s most pressing social issues revolve around water. Faith communities worldwide can help. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues. This year we’ll hear from Senator Barbara Boxer, Christiana Peppard, Winston Halapua, Thabo Makgoba, Katharine Hayhoe, Maude Barlow, Kim Stanley Robinson, and others.
The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation is sponsoring the partner site at St. James Episcopal Church, and will be hosting the Thursday and Friday webcasts live from Trinity Church, Wall Street. The Wednesday evening keynote address by Senator Barbara Boxer will be viewed on delayed broadcast during Thursday breaks, and otherwise as interest warrants.
There is no fee to attend the simulcast at St. James, and registration is not required, but will be helpful for planning purposes. Send an email to church@stjamesbr.org with “Trinity Institute” in the subject line, including the date(s) you will attend, and the total number of guests to be included with your registration.
More information on Water Justice Trinity Institute 2017:

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