2021 Lenten Study

All Minnesota United Methodists are invited to participate in a 2021 conference-wide Lenten video study. This year’s study focuses on the book “Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times,” by Bishop Michael Curry. Order the book.

Every Thursday, two of the book’s chapters will be covered in a video by a member of the Minnesota Appointive Cabinet. There is also a small group discussion guide for each week.

We recommend that small groups or committees meet virtually on a weekly basis throughout Lent to discuss a different section of the book using the corresponding video. If your congregation is not organizing small groups around this study, then we invite you to ask a couple of friends to read with you and to meet virtually once a week to talk about the book and how you are putting love into action in your life.

Please join us in this study as we explore question about love such as: How do I find God’s love? Do I have to love my enemy? Can love really change the world? Below are the links to all of the videos and study guides.

Videos and Study Guides

You can begin the study whenever you'd like. The schedule below simply lets you know when we will be distributing each video and study guide in our conference-wide MN Connect e-newsletters. Note: Some study guides have been updated on Feb. 22 to fix small errors. Please use these new versions. 

Jan. 28: Introduction to Lenten study with Rev. Cindy Gregorson and Jody Thone / Access video

Feb. 11: Chapters 1&2 with Rev. Laurie Kantonen / Week 1 VideoWeek 1 Study Guide

Feb. 18: Chapters 3&4 with Rev. Fred Vanderwerf / Week 2 VideoWeek 2 Study Guide

Feb. 25: Chapters 5&6 with Rev. Cynthia Williams / Week 3 VideoWeek 3 Study Guide (updated)

March 4: Chapters 7&8 with Rev. Dan Johnson / Week 4 VideoWeek 4 Study Guide (updated)

March 11: Chapters 9&10 with Rev. Susan Nienaber / Week 5 VideoWeek 5 Study Guide (updated)

March 18: Chapters 11&12 with Rev. Ben Ingebretson / Week 6 VideoWeek 6 Study Guide (updated)

All six study guides in one document (updated)

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