NOTE: Due to COVID-19 we have been hosting our series via Zoom. For information please email us at stfrancishouseNL@att.net
In both Fall and Spring, every other Friday evening we host a public engagement on a contemporary topic. We begin with a presentation, often by an invited guest, and then engage the experiences and wisdom of all, to gain personal clarity on the theological and ethical questions connected to the topic. The emphasis is on personal clarity rather than a “right” answer.
Money and Right Relationship:
Monetization through Organizations and Each of Us
In this time of growing economic insecurity, climate change and a new arms race including a new generation of nuclear weapons, we propose to have a series aimed at clarifying our understanding about Money and its relationship to each of us and our community life and institutions including our various faith communities. We are particularly concerned that areas such as incarceration, health care, education, eldercare, land and housing and war have been monetized i.e. taking something formerly seen as an individual or public responsibility with the idea of generating profits for corporations, a role for government and professionalizing relationships within the church. Let’s try to understand what has been happening and in so doing lay the foundation for “building the new society within the shell of the old.”
Series Dates and Titles
February 25 – Monetizing the Tree of Life & How Corporations became “Persons” – Anne Scheibner – Here are the notes from this presentation:https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTDOoRN6ZPqTJ5YQbUEHyXOq1GCxYSt7GS1wRPlOVo2I2Xatqm36TSYw4dy2Sl83zOJ7ro6RawJ849-/pub
March 11 – “Come follow me”: Monetizing Personal Life through Credit Cards, Health Care, Student Debt, Education and Social Media – Geoff Curtiss
March 25 – Peter Maurin: The Personalist Alternative to Monetizing Work, Wealth and Inequality – Norm Faramelli – Here are the notes:
April 8 – The Year of Jubilee: Monetizing Incarceration, Housing and Land, Community – Ellen Adams – Here are the notes:
April 22 – Trust in God and Love Your Enemies: Monetizing “Defense” and “Security” – Frida Berrigan – Here are the notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQPPmZcnB8_qU0BtuSBOkfbde9QIaF4_zv-0lsKStgf0mBNYmqNUmyoexn2bOxWOg/pub
May 6 – Jesus addressed them from the boat and in the synagogue: Monetizing the Public Airways and Public Discourse
May 20 – What have we learned and where do we go from here?
Schedule for each evening
• 6:45 Check-In
• 7 – 8:30 Presentation & Discussion