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In the midst of global economic uncertainty, Faith and Your Money is a timely forum that you don't want to miss. Led by theological educator and author, Ched Myers, Faith and Your Money will explore the ways we invest, spend, give, and yes, even waste our money.

Myers will lead us in a thought-provoking discussion about Jesus' teachings and the urgent need to act for local and global economic justice. Divided into three distinct sessions, beginning Friday evening with Jesus, Money and Justice and culminating with the Sunday morning sermon, Myers will enlighten and challenge us as we explore our beliefs and habits about money.

Don't miss this opportunity to evaluate your own perception of money and what it means to make socially responsible investments in both our local and global communities.


Friday, October 8

7:00pm Jesus, Money and Justice
This opening session will set the tone for the weekend. Jesus repeatedly spoke about money and challenged the disciples, the scribes and the crowds to become conscious of money and their relationship to it. We will examine our thoughts, feelings and behaviors as they relate to money. As we discern the ways we earn, inherit, invest, spend and give, we will be enabled to respond more fully to Jesus.

Saturday, October 9

8:30am Registration and light refreshments
9:00am Consumption and Debt: The Treadmill Effect
Do you find that your "Payday" is really the day that you "pay back" others? Do you feel like you are on an endless treadmill of working to pay bills but never seem to get ahead? What if you had a different perspective about your personal spending habits? Ched Myers will examine consumption and our "addictive" economic practices and how to practically and faithfully reduce our debt.
12:00pm Working Lunch
What would your "Money Autobiography" say? As part of this working lunch, we will consider a variety of questions that will help us understand our behavior and feelings about money so that we can more fully respond to Jesus' call for economic justice.
1:30pm Responsible Resource Management
Does your household have surplus income? How can you best put your money to work for your family, your community and the global community? This session will help us learn about socially responsible investments. Discover what Jesus says about money and our social responsibility and learn how to put it into action.

Sunday, October 10

8:15am, 9:30am & 11:00am Services
  "Too Big and Failing: Jesus' Cure for Affluenza"
All are invited to Sunday worship

Ched Myers

Author and activist, Ched Myers, lives in Los Angeles, California. His books include Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus and Who Will Roll Away the Stone? You may view brief video clips on his website to see his style and approach.


Binding the Strong Man
A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus

"This is, quite simply, the most important commentary on a book of Scripture since Barth's Romans… Like Barth's Romans, Binding the Strong Man is not only a tour de force as a commentary and interpretation, but it marks the watershed of a new theological era, one that has been gathering force for some time in liberation, feminist, and black theologies… I see Myers' work as a sort of continental divide marking the coming of age of the resistance church in North America, and the harbinger of a theological renaissance."
    Walter Wink, Author of The Powers That Be

Who Will Roll Away The Stone?
Discipleship Queries For First World Christians

"A major contribution to the theology of discipleship for first world Christians. Grounded in the Gospel of Mark, with frequent references to Myers' other Markan study, Binding the Strong Man, the book identifies and analyses key discipleship issues and challenges disciples ruthlessly… The effort to study the book — its discrete sections and its overall architecture — rewards the reader with insight not only into the concrete practice of discipleship, but also into a useful theological method based on query… Myers adapts the methodology of liberation theology to first-world Christians… He integrates the historical moment, Scripture, reflection upon these two realities, including their implications for praxis, and he does this in the context of the United States at the Millennium."
    Pat Chafee, OP, Review for Religious


Evaluate your own perception of money and what it means to make socially responsible investments in both our local and global communities.


The fee for all three sessions plus lunch is $35 per person. Single sessions are $10 each and lunch is $10.

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All Sessions (inc. lunch)

Cost per person: $35

Friday Night

Cost per person: $10

Saturday Morning

Cost per person: $10

Saturday Afternoon

Cost per person: $10

Saturday Lunch

Cost per person: $10

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Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: (630) 968-7120

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