Lent is a time to repent, reflect, sacrifice, and listen for God. This year we invite people of faith and congregations to “fast” from plastic bags — to give up using them and instead use reusable cloth bags.
During a fast, we are conscious of our actions, and give up our self-reliance and control. After 40 days, we are renewed and refreshed, having traded in an old, bad habit for a new, healthy one.
Carry a reusable bag with you to use on a regular basis and remind yourself of your practice. Reflect and pray on what you are doing, listening to what God may speak to you during this time.
Sign the Lenten Plastic Bag Pledge and return to Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. We will keep track of the pledges and can support you during your Fast. Ask your congregation and/or denominational leaders to participate in the Fast. Tell your elected officials that you are fasting from plastic bags for Lent and why. Let them know that, as a person of faith, this is a spiritual issue for you. We can help you do this.
-By Dottie Yunger, Executive Director, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake