The Advent Conspiracy

To follow up on last week’s post about Christmas giving and spending and how our gift-focus this time of year doesn’t really match up to the tradition’s origins, I wanted to point you to an interesting evangelical movement: The Advent Conspiracy.

Last year, an Oregon pastor named Rick McKinley — if you’re familiar with Blue Like Jazz, you’ll recognize him as Donald Miller’s pastor at Imago Dei in Portland — challenged his church to spend less money buying gifts and try to give relational gifts at Christmas. So his congregation spent the season making presents for each other, then donated the money they would have otherwise spent to organizations serving the poor. A great idea, and now it’s grown into a widespread international movement with lots of different churches participating this year.

Something to think about. Here you can read more of the back story behind the Advent Conspiracy. Or just go to the Advent Conspiracy website.

The quote to remember: “We’re not asking that you don’t spend money on Christmas, just that you do it with the poor in mind.”


One Response to The Advent Conspiracy

  1. Joni Jones says:

    There are many organizations that provide a vehicle for people to give to the poor from around the world. We get a Christmas catalog every year from World Vision with a variety of ways to help. If you like music, for instance, you can buy musical instruments for a school or an indigent church. Maybe giving money so a community in a third world country can have a fresh water well. would be your choice. Or, like our selection last year, you can buy a needy family a pair of rabbits to provide a source of steady income. You can fund a sewing machine for a single mom in India so she can have a roof over her family’s head and food from her earnings. There are different levels of cost for the gifts, so your family can pick one suited to your giving capability. Check it out at

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