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Churches unite for Lenten study series

Key figures of the Reformation and the Counter Reformation will be the focus of a Lenten study series presented by The Rev. Douglas E. Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and Rev. Donald A. Ford, pastor of Community United Methodist Church.

The weekly classes will take place at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church each Wednesday during Lent, beginning on March 16. The weekly discussions will be preceeded by a soup dinner at 6 p.m. and will end with a brief prayer service.

The Reformation was a pivotal part of church history and included such notable figures as Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley and Joseph Butler. Fr. Neel and Pastor Ford will bring a unique approach to the presentation that will be both interesting and informative. Each will take on an opposing character and debate the issues that led to the Reformation.

“We hope this approach will be both fun and thought provoking,” says Fr. Doug.

The season of Lent is a season of the church year that precedes Easter. It is a period of self-examination and Christian spiritual renewal Though this solemn season is often thought of as a time for denial and penitence, it is also meant to help bring believers to a deeper knowledge and gratitude for the redeeming works of God through Christ’s death and resurrection.

“Understanding our church’s history and formation is an important step in our Christian faith journey,” says Fr. Doug. “We hope that these classes will be enlightening and helpful to those who attend.”

These weekly classes are free and open to the community.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Boulevard. For more information call 731-5801.

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