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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.

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July 28, 2008

Story of Stuff

Sos_buttonIn 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.

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July 3, 2008

Back from General Assembly!

We are just back from the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in San Jose, CA. There we hosted the Global Marketplace in the exhibit hall, featuring both our long-term partner SERRV/A Greater Gift and 10 other smaller-scale...

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June 17, 2008

Just Living Series: Green Living

We, at Enough for Everyone are pleased to announce the launch of our new Just Living Series. The Just Living Series seeks to assist individuals, couples, and families as they strive to practice their faith in all aspects of daily...

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June 6, 2008

Love Your Mother Earth

On May 10, 2008 Church of the New Covenant hosted an event dedicated to green and sustainable living called, "Love Your Mother Earth Day." Suzanne Mikalsen, who helped coordinate the event said, "I joined the team to help spread the...

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June 4, 2008

Honoring the Local Option

Nearly two weeks ago a group of people began a three day fast for discernment. During this fast I utilized the resources that had been developed and compiled by a large array of PC(USA) staff and partners. These writings included...

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