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A More Excellent Way
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>It is often pointed out that some of the places most lacking in hope are not the industrial wastelands or the bleak landscapes shorn of beauty, but the places where there is too much ...

Ash Wednesday: Concrete Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51; 2nd Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.</em></p> Bible readings f ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...

Buy, Buy Baby
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Valerie Weaver-Zercher Helping parents resist the siren song of marketers. The branding of childhood is almost ...

Buy Nothing Day as Advent Activism Against the Demon Mammon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W5t_VeoxZA"></a>As per usual, on Friday, we had all sorts of Buy Nothing Day festivities (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v ...

A Pre-Consumption Prayer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>"Consumption" isn't a bad word. Even as we watch the excesses of the consumer eco ...

Black Friday and Consumerism, White Privilege and Buy Nothing Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the single most crazy shopping day in the United States. All of you who have a pulse know that the Friday af ...

Make Something Money Can't Buy (Glue Gun Optional)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Since the early 1990s, a guerrilla campaign has been waged by ...

Celebrate 'Buy Nothing Day' with 'Make Something Day'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Americans head for the shopping malls for a ritual known as Black Friday, called such as it's a day when many retailers move from the red (losses) into th ...

Pagan Rituals in Broad Daylight
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> I recently saw a promo piece on The History Channel for their sh ...

Energy, Consumerism, and the Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Last year, America spent $700 billion on oil imported from the M ...

The Idolatry of Security (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Last week at North Park Theological Seminary , we conducted o ...

Cult, Culture, and Cultivation
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum When we separate pleasure from responsibility, we defy nature at our own risk. "It is ...

A Culture of Debt
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Does economic growth depend on consumer spending? Another day older and deeper in debt.” I ...

A Simple Christmas
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Amy Ard Learning something new by buying nothing new. In the past, the bulk of my Christmas shopping has usua ...

What Would Jesus Buy?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann Rev. Billy and his "Church of Stop Shopping" preach the gospel of love, anti-consumerism, and radical neighbo ...

Fashion Conscious
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Clothing the world with justice. When stern-looking models wearing the colors of Africa sashayed d ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/16/2011 - 11:04am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Instruments of Peace Instruments of Peace Catherine Whitmire gathers a cloud of Quaker witne ...

Consumption's Effects
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Scott Oberle Our church has formed a discussion group around your periodical, and our discussion on "Cry Freedom" (by David Bats ...

Attack of the Monster Houses
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Why do Americans want to live so large? They sit on treeless hillsides, big as the barns they may ...

We Buy, Therefore We Are
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Everday low prices are part of our American birthright. Right? Whenever I have occasion t ...

Thwack! for Jesus
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez There's no better way to prevent boredom than pl ...

Knit Local, Act Global
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Stitching for Social (and personal) change. Knitting is hip. Subversive, even. Take knitting ...

The Art of Savoring
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Soon the first stars will move tentatively into the field of sky. I’ve had the joy of vi ...

Our Fast Food Empire
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum 'You deserve a break today' can be a pretty appealing proposition. In his landma ...

Shopping for Justice
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 4:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bethany Spicher Schonberg My journey with Super Giant. “Lord, to those who hunger, give bread. And to those ...

A 'Relevant' Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Steve Thorngate A few years ago, the “postmodern memoir” or “autobiographic novel” was all the rage among critics anxious to define new li ...

Modeling Values
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Angela M. Skinner I was disturbed by the article “Taking Back Our Kids.” The authors seem to think the best way to combat the consumer culture in which we live, and the problems i ...

Living in 'Simple Elegance'
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lindsay Moseley Having witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, it may be hard to imagine anything comforting about a whi ...

'Tis a Gift to Be Simple
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Johnathan Taplin Our lives do not consist in the abundance of our possessions. Many of us ( ...

When Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 11:20am | Type: Magazine Article

William T. Cavanaugh Why God's abundant life won't fit in a shopping cart, and other mysteries of consumerism. ...

Free Citizens or Spoiled Children?
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Who owns our culture? Who decides what our songs and stories will be? As the archives of t ...

Catalog Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 11:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter I confess: I was a catalog girl who grew up to be a catalog woman. I confess: I was a catalog gir ...

Clowns and Poets and Artists -- Oh, My!
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Saying no to the Disneyfication of America. Rev. Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping does not pr ...