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Breaking the consumer mould

April 23, 2009

The Second Breathe Conference, with Pete Greig (24-7 Prayer) will take place this weekend – 25th April 2009 10-3pm

Join us for an opportunity to explore with others what it means to live less consumerist, more thankful and generous lives.  We’ll be building on last year’s successful format, getting inspiration from Pete Greig, and considering the Promise of Life – a meaningful step we can all take to break the consumer mould.

Register on the door or email: editor@ibreathe.org.uk

£5 (unwaged, free); bring lunch or buy locally

Plan of the Day

9:30am Coffee and registration

Worship, speaker: Pete Greig, discussion and ‘Promise of Life’ invitation (creche for under 3s)

PM (1:15-3pm) Breathing Spaces and feedback.  Options below:

Generosity
What keeps us from being more generous? How can we inspire each other to share more freely our money, time and possessions?  (Phil Whittall)

Mastering Your Money
Why do we handle money like we do? Why is budgeting important, and how can we take steps to take control of our finances?  (Steve Pierce)

Connecting with the Poor

Who are the poor? How do we make space to connect with them, and what might it look like?  (Tim Creber)

Finding Stillness in the Consumer Crush
Is 24/7 life in a consumer society squeezing your time for stillness and God? How can we develop rhythms and practices that rediscover the presence of God in daily life?  (Viv Thomas)

Working for the Man
Is it possible to work in commerce without compromising your values? How can those who work in business reflect the values of the kingdom of God? (Alice Huntley)

Investing in Your Community
Is the place you live more than a delivery address and somewhere to sleep? How can we build community across boundaries in a fragmented age?  (Clare Smith)

Sustainable Living

How do we get beyond green platitudes, failed resolutions and intimidating tick lists to live a life which treats creation well?  (William Campbell-Clause)

Creating Good Childhoods
The Good Childhood report has exposed how ‘aggressive selfishness’ in our society leads to unhealthy, unprincipled and unstable childhoods. How can we parent our children in a way that breaks the mould?  (Ailsa Powley)

Love Your Neighbour.
But who is my neighbour?  How does the way we live every day affect others all over the world? How can we reconcile our own needs and desires with the needs and aspirations of the poor?  (Helen Parry)

The Power of Thankfulness
We are richer than most of the people who have ever lived, yet seldom truly appreciate what we have. How can we unlock the power of thankfulness to transform our attitude to life?  (Jeremy Williams)

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