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Combating consumerism and gluttony year-round

In 2012, the average family spent about $750 on Christmas gifts, and shoppers spent more on gifts for themselves than in any prior year. That consumption and self-indulgence has prompted increasing numbers of church leaders to speak out against the trend. The Rev. Mike Slaughter, for example, challenges congregants to contribute as much to the church’s community programs as they spend on gifts for themselves; as a result, his Dayton, Ohio, church has built 243 schools and 19 clean water facilities in Darfur and a health clinic in South Sudan. The church also supports local GED and jobs programs and food pantries. In a 7 1/2-minute news video prepared for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, a source for cutting-edge reporting and analysis of religious news, correspondent Kim Lawton explores several alternative Christmas shopping and celebration opportunities that seek to honor Jesus and give him a birthday gift he might appreciate. The program also provides conversation-starters for year-round stewardship plans.

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