Lent "Madness" at Alki UCC
Lent is here ... and for the ninth year running (and second year at Alki UCC) people of faith are taking part in Lent Madness.
“And what, pray tell, is that?,” some of you may be asking.
Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck, an Episcopal priest with a great sense of humor, who combined his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints. Since then it has been mentioned in such respected publications as USA Today, the Washington Post and even Sports Illustrated.
With its unique blend of competition, learning and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures. Throughout Lent, thirty-two saints do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament of a similar name, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout the Lenten season.
Here’s how to participate: on the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at http://www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.
The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.
This year Lent Madness features an intriguing slate of saints ancient and modern, Biblical and ecclesiastical. 2018 heavyweights include John the Evangelist, Margaret of Scotland, Richard Hooker, Katharina von Bora, and the apostles Peter and Paul.
The full bracket is online at the Lent Madness website and, while not necessary to participate, you can order The Saintly Scorecard: The Definitive Guide to Lent Madness 2018 here. This companion guide includes biographies of all 32 saints, a full-color bracket, information about how to fully participate, and a series of Pocket Lent trading cards.
If you’re looking for a Lenten discipline that is fun, educational, occasionally goofy, and always joyful, join the Lent Madness journey. Participation is entirely free. You can simply download a bracket and vote during the weekdays of Lent. If you want even more fun info you can order a copy of The Saintly Scorecard: The Definitive Guide to Lent Madness 2018, but it’s not necessary since all the pertinent info will be emailed to you each day during Lent.
Look for the big colored bracket poster at church!