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.”