Our Lenten journey continues this week; we are just over the halfway point until Easter. Some realizations are emerging from our discussions on Mammon together that I want to name for us all:
- This Mammon ‘thing’ is bigger and deeper than most of us realized.
- However we decide to respond, corporately and individually, we realize that we won’t be able to fix this.
- “This is what we do now” – or in other words: Practicing resurrection by opposing Mammon in our personal and communal lives is just what it means to be a Christian living in Christ’s Kingdom. Many of us have never thought of it this way, but we are beginning to now.
- Beginning in Easter we’d like to convene listening sessions, curated conversations, on how we can respond to what we’ve learned. This includes naming Kairoses, crafting creative ways of resisting and building, discerning how best to oppose Mammon in discrete areas as we live in an alternative economy.
- In addition to these listening sessions, we also want to tell stories of our experiments. These could be podcast or written interviews where we share what we are learning as we reorganize our life in a new way.
Here’s something the Tebbe family is thinking through right now: what bank we use. What would it look like for us to take our money out of corporations that use our money to do harm and perpetuate injustice, and put it in organizations that do good?
Where have you been stirred this Lent to confront Mammon with Jesus? Would love to hear more about the Kairoses you’re having in all this.
Bless you, Church. God is with us in this and I’m hopeful for all of us as we journey together.
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