Welcome to the blog of the Enough for Everyone program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). By "just living" we mean both justice-based living and just simply living – freeing ourselves from the clutter of stuff so we can focus on living faithfully and living well. Join us in the exploration!
About the Author
Bryce Wiebe coordinates Enough for Everyone, a ministry of the Presbyterian Hunger Program. He loves slow food and is fascinated by the way things are made. He is excited to dive into experiments in simplicity with you. His sacred cow of consumption: kitchen gadgets.
In preparing for the Peacemaking Conference, (which was amazing!) I stumbled across a really delightful website called The Story of Stuff. Annie Leonard, the site's creator, has developed this helpful resource to detail the process of where the stuff in our life comes from. On the site you can find a 20 minute presentation she has put together as a brief summation of her research into consumerism. She weaves environmental, social, political, and economic concerns into a fast paced presentation. The video provides a great entry point for analyzing our own consumption. All of the resources and the video are available for free and definetly worth checking out.
Perhaps what I appreciated most about Annie's work is that she reaches out to people on many levels. Annie uses humor and a stylized presentation to convey the content of the message she is sharing. She calls us to modify our consumption as Americans by highlighting the consequences of our actions. If, after seeing the video, you are interested in further study, an extensive resource section is available.
While there is nothing explicitly theological in her work, The Story of Stuff, is an excellent presentation on the problems of modern day consumerism. This story calls us to change our habits and would readily compliment any Bible study on living simply. If you are preparing a Bible study or discussion on globalization, consumption, or stewardship, The Story of Stuff may be a nice compliment. In my workshop at the Peacemaking conference, A Day in the Life of a Global Consumer, we watched this video and had a great follow up discussion. I found this to be a great resource that worked well for people concerned about globalization and consumption and thought it would be helpful to share.