Reading the Signs of the Times: Generous Stewards Caring for Creation is Theme of ESC 2013 Leadership Seminar

Reading the Signs of the Times: Generous Stewards Caring for Creation is Theme of ESC 2013 Leadership Seminar

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              Care for an increasingly fragile environment. Financial sustainability. Creating a culture of generosity. Positions of privilege. Through new technology, an increased awareness of neighbors’ needs near and far. God’s call to us to be generous givers and faithful stewards can be complex, conflicting, and confusing. Those attending “Reading the Signs of the Times: Generous Stewards Caring for Creation” will consider what it means to be generous givers and faithful stewards in 21st-century North America. Through individual presentations and dialog with each other, plenary speakers will explore thought and practice. Stephen B. Scharper and Julia M. Groom will be the plenary speakers at the 2013 Ecumenical Stewardship Center Leadership Seminar "Reading the Signs of the Times: Generous Stewards Caring for Creation".  Dr. Scharper is…
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Dessert First

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An aunt of mine named Lucille shared with me two interesting perspectives on life: 1. Lucille believed in eating her pie or other dessert before the rest of the meal. She said: “When you get to being seventy-eight years old like I am, you fill up quickly. I always want to have dessert, so I just eat that first.” 2. Lucille also believed in giving ten percent of her money to God through the church before she spent anything else. She said: “I don’t have a lot of money, just social security and a small pension, so it’s easy to spend it all and have nothing left for God. What I’ve discovered in life is that when I really put God first, I end up having enough for everything else…
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