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Giving CAN Feel Good!

Click here to read an essay adapted from the book Happy Money by Elizabeth W. Dunn, Ph.D. and Michael I. Norton, Ph.D., originally printed in Greater Good. The authors suggest three strategies for boosting generosity. (Photo: Tim Green, Creative Commons)

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Layaway Stewardship for Advent

Already we’re seeing signs of Christmas in the marketplace–and it’s only mid-October. Here’s an idea you can start now as an alternative to the commercial hype. Click here for the details! (Photo: Fan of Retail, Creative Commons)

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Mindful Spending?

Here’s an article from the Chicago Tribune about the importance of spending mindfully. Gregory Karp interviews Wendy Philleo about ways to self-audit one’s consumption and spending habits. (Photo: Mikey Jones, Creative Commons)

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Spiritual Vitality and Stewardship

Check out the September 2013 issue of the Episcopal Church Foundation’s Vital Practices Vestry Papers “Wholehearted Stewardship.” Be sure to read Fr. Bill Nesbit’s article “Spiritual Vitality.”

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Beyond Mindful Consumption

Once again, Annie Leonard–who brought us “The Story of Stuff”–invites us not only to consider our consumption but also to be more than merely mindful about it. Consumption is intricately interwoven with issues of poverty, economic justice, and human dignity. This article is one every careful steward ought to read. (Photo: r2hox, Creative Commons)

  • September 29
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True Wealth

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Reflection, Year C
September 29, 2013
There’s really no way to skirt the issue of wealth, poverty, and economic justice woven throughout this week’s lessons. Here are some thoughts and ideas to help you explore the issues faithfully in preaching, worship, teaching, and with children and youth. (Photo: Cea, Creative Commons. Thanks!)

  • September 26
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Fully Faithful

Lectionary Reflection for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C
September 22, 2013
The parable of the dishonest manager provides a good context for discussing faith, commitment, and…money. How are you addressing the right and faithful use of resources within your community of faith? (Photo: Liz West, Creative Commons, Thanks!)

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Three Simple Actions: Modeling Stewardship for ‘Tweens

Chris McKenna, Director of Middle School Ministry at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Caledonia, Michigan, shares three simple actions to help ‘tweens become better stewards of God’s gifts. (Photo: Jose Kevo, Creative Commons)

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Pious Materialism: How Americans View Faith and Money

Robert Wuthnow, Andlinger Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, wrote this article for The Christian Century a decade ago, but his observations and critique of the failure of American churches and synagogues to address issues of faith and money in a substantive and effective way… Read more»

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Need A Book Club Recommendation?

Check out Pr. Nadia Bolz-Weber’s blog for a brief review of Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most by Mark Scandrette, and then consider reading the book and using it for a group study this fall. Click here for a four minute video with Scandrette talking about the book.