I have been thinking about what to give up for Lent and what I can call people to this Lenten season. I live a very diverse lifestyle; rarely am I around just one culture at a time or one specific group of people. What can we sacrifice that has potential to change us and the world around us for the long haul? So my idea for Lent is this: This Lent, will you consider sacrificing your social life?
What does this mean? Give up any social event on your calendar that is mono-cultural. Consider only doing social events in diverse environments for 40 days. Whether that’s race, economics, gender, or class. If you are the boss, eat lunch with your employees. If you are black, don’t hang with just black folks. Try eating a meal or going out to a movie with someone who is gay if you’re straight. Don’t go to the game with just men, invite a few ladies along. If you don’t know any one physically challenged, spend some time with someone who is and share a social event together.
We can call this our mono-cultural fast. When asked what we’re giving up for Lent, we can say, “being with people just like me.” This is a journey into diversity.
Then I would like you to write about your experience online. What I think may happen is we create examples of diversity for people to hear about. I don’t think there are enough. If you already live a diverse life, write about it. I would like to post stories for 40 days. We will also have a YouTube channel set up if you would rather just talk about your experience instead of writing. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or upload your video to YouTube and send me a link, and we’ll add it to our CultureFast channel.
Let’s see what we have in 40 days. I am so excited to hear your stories.