(If you have never listened to any of All Saint's Rector Ed Bacon's progressive sermons I really encourage you to check them out)
This Lent I've been thinking about mortality and the dark side not only in my personal life but also in our shared social, economic, and political lives. We Americans live in the most individualistic country in the world. The ideologies rooted in the soil of extreme American individualism permeate every aspect of our society - and that includes our religion. Maybe that's why we seem much more likely to confront our individual dark side and our individual mortality than our collective and social ones.