Artists Against Consumerism

This evening Faith Connections will host its third event of June Justice Month - Artists Against Consumerism.  This month has been a wonderful chance to reflect on and explore the issues of justice.

This evening will be an opportunity to reflect, pray, and dialgoue about consumerism.  I invite all of you to join us in prayer ...

Reflecting on the Juxtapositions of Consumerism

Lord we take a moment to put ourselves in your presence …
Jesus please open our hearts and minds this evening,
may we be open to your spirit in this grey world.

As I learn about and reflect on justice Lord,
I come to a growing awareness of its complexity.
I would love to say that x is bad and y is good.
But Lord I know that working for justice encourages me
to open myself up to the grey in our world.

As I reflect on consumerism this evening,
I am filled with so many thoughts and juxtapositions …

I know Lord that consumerism fuels wars
such as the diamond wars in the Congo.
I know that it can cause great economic disparity between nations and peoples.
I know that excessive consumption is destructive
to our earth, to our relationships, to our bodies.
I know that it can tempt me to focus on material possession
as opposed to working for lasting and life giving happiness.

And yet Lord as I stand before you
I am also aware that I am a consumer.
I participate in an economy that has both positive and negative trends.

So as I reflect Lord I am left asking …
Am I a critical consumer?
Do I examine the economies and consumption practices in which I participate?
Do I seek balance and justice?

Help each of us Lord
to be present to the complexities within these juxtapositions of justice,
BUT not to feel overwhelmed by them.
Help us to think outside of the box,
to challenge ourselves, each other, and our wider communities.
Help us to build systems, structures, and visions of consumption
that are just and true to your calling to love and dignity.

Amen

~ Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt ~

 

Join us tonight: Artists Against Consumerism

Join us for our final June Justice Month gathering on June 25th: Planting Seeds of Hope: A Peace and Mediation Worksho