2015-01-06 by Jeremy Clarke
Facilitator: Veronica Zundel
Part 1: 10th August 2014
Part 2: 11th January 2015
1. Symon Hill: Trusting in what is not real. 11th May 2014
Key passage: The Parable of the Talents.
a. “At the beginning, Jesus proclaimed ‘good news to the poor’. News with no economic dimension would not merit this description.” Do we agree? What difference does it make to our gospel?
b. “Capitalism relies on faith in something that is not real. It is not those who challenge the systerm, but those who continue to trust it, who are being unrealistic.” How can we realistically challenge capitalism? Or is it, like democracy, “the least bad system we have devised?”
2. Chris Adams: How we earn. 18th May 2014
Key passage: Mary and Martha.
a. “The Bible, and Jesus, have a positive outlook on ‘work’ in the sense of vocation…. But… I think Jesus is anti-work… The pursuit of work for work’s sake isn’t just bad, it’s ungodly.” Does our ‘Protestant work ethic’ stand up in the face of Jesus’ teaching?
b. “I would push us to look for ways in which we can become less and less dependent on labour, freeing ourselves from “work” in the labouring sense in order to be open for ‘work’ in the positive sense that Jesus meant: vocation, mission.” Is this feasible?
3. Anon: Reflections on what money means to us. 25th May 2014
Key passages: Matthew 5:25-31, Ecclesiastes 5:1012, Luke 6:22-30.
a. ‘For most of us money is a source of anxiety… the focus is on “what might I need tomorrow” rather than “what do I need now”…. But when is enough enough?’ Do we need to confront our anxiety and develop a concept of ‘enough’?
b. “I want to propose that.. we might consider a system where we each have someone in the church we are financially accountable to who is not our immediate family.” Are we attracted to this idea?
4. Andreas Andersson: How we spend. 8th June 2014
Key passages: Acts 2:32-47, Luke 4:14-20.
a. “The day of Pentecost is primarily a baptism… into a new economy… an economy assuming God’s providence and generosity to.. be what governs economic dealings…
The reason we find this story so alien is because we are raised …within a story of..
economics that assumes scarcity.” To which of these two mindsets do we feel we belong?
b. “Our patterns of consumption are largely uninterrupted by those who produce the stuff we consume.” In what practical ways can we increase the relationship between ourselves and those who produce our goods?
5. Veronica Zundel: How we invest. 15th June 2014
Key passages: 2 Kings 22:3-7, Exodus 35:20.
a. ’If we do have spare money and choose to invest it, even in ethically screened funds or social enterprises, are we actually helping to sustain the capitalist system which, in many ways, we deplore?’
b. ‘How do we invest in the Kingdom of God?’
6. Judith Gardiner: How we share. 22nd June 2014
Key passage: Romans 12.
a. “Acts 2… does give a useful clue about what our attitude to our possessions should be: “No one considered what they had to be their own.” How can we cultivate this attitude?
b. Two key terms that Alan Kreider always used… namely ‘equality and enoughness’. How might we embody these in our congregation?
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