Do Unitarians need Lent? The short answer would be a somewhat obvious "no". We don't need it. But, maybe we do. While I don't believe the whole Jesus died on a cross for our sins and was resurrected miracle, I do think there is something to be said for setting aside time to really reflect on your spirituality and the life you are living. Many religions have some form of this. For instance, Ramadan for Muslims and Aseret Yemei Teshuva for Jews. While these observances usually call for abstaining from certain foods or fasting and atonement, they are really trying to help the followerer come to a greater understanding of their God. It is a time for intense discipline within their faith. Many UUs balk at the idea of being forced to study their religion (if they are even comfortable calling UU a religion). Aren't we in it for the freedom of thought and ability to worship as we feel? Of course we are, but there is something to be said for taking the time to really work on your belief system. Take the time to really look inside yourself and figure out what is important to you? your family? What values do you hold dear? Where do you see yourself in this great universe? Have you ever taken then time to really ponder if you believe in a God? a Spirit? a life Force? Can you comfortably convey that to others? Can you explain it to your children?
Maybe these questions are too hard or too easy, but not enough of us take the time to really evaluate where we are on our journey. I would challenge each of you to take these next forty days to develop your own faith statements and start spring with a renewed Spirit!