When the Rev. Ryan Sirmons speaks from the pulpit at the United Church of Christ in Annapolis on Sunday, he says, he'll talk to his congregation about Lent, the 40-day period of fasting and reflection leading up to the Christian celebration of Easter.
But he won't encourage church members to give up coffee or desserts. Instead, he says, he'll challenge them to forgo accepting plastic bags when they're at the checkout of the grocery store.
"I used to think of Lent as a time you give up chocolate," Sirmons said. "The point is to give up something to make you aware not just how you individually feel, but how you look at the world."