Repentance

Ash Wednesday image by Grzegorz Krupa from Pixabay

Admitting we are wrong and saying we’re sorry can be difficult, but it is integral to our faith journeys.

The church word for this is repentance. In addition to saying we’re sorry, true repentance includes a renewed commitment to a better way.

When we repent, we turn away from sin and toward God.

This is our journey—both individually and collectively. We recognize our personal and institutional sin and work to end it in our lives and in our communities.

The season of Lent that begins Ash Wednesday, February 17, is a time for personal repentance.

As the U.S. celebrates Black History Month, the church continues to wrestle with and repent from our complicity with the sin of systemic racism.
Everyone makes mistakes. When that happens, Jesus tells us to make it right, which often starts with the words, “I’m sorry.”
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The Rev. Stephanie Vader of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Scaggsville, Maryland, offers the imposition of ashes in a McDonald's parking lot. File photo from 2017 by Alison Burdett, Baltimore-Washington Conference.
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