Using ‘the story of stuff’ in church

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October 30, 2008 by Jeremy Williams

I’ve mentioned it before, but I finally got round to actually using Annie Leonard’s great little film The Story of Stuff in church last week. I showed the film and then we discussed it.

It raises all kinds of issues, about the environment, the exploitation of developing countries, and where we find our value as human beings. It’s enlightening, it’s funny, and because it deals with the whole process of consumerism from resource extraction to disposal, it’s a good place to start if you don’t know how much people are aware of the issues.

If anyone would like to try this in their own church, community centre, or youth project, the film is available as a free download here.

I used a bunch of stories from the gospels, and passages from the minor prophets, (who might as well have been writing about consumerism) as a basis for discussion. If you’d like those notes, with discussion questions and summary thoughts, they’re all here in Word format: story-of-stuff-notes1


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