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Caffeine-free Lent practice grows in Oregon

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Barbara Hosier, Pat Savory, Susan Smith, Senior Pastor Gail McDougle and Associate Pastor Don Frueh of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Salem, Ore., are giving up coffee and converting their cups into piggy banks during Lent. (Courtesy of Michelle Pedersen)

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Some Pacific Northwest Christians are giving up their Starbucks--and their sodas and energy drinks too--in a novel Lent observance that has its roots in ancient custom and is making a difference in developing countries.


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