Hiatus

Hiatus

Two Cents will be taking an open-ended hiatus during 2015. We value these conversations and believe it is critical that intentional spaces are created to host them but presently do not have the organizational capacity to continue filling that role. That’s not to say things are over; we are simply moving Two Cents to the back-burner until such time as we are once again able to pick up this mantle. Think of it as the ellipses to a vital conversation that must continue… While we regroup, here are a couple of great resources to get your teeth into: Head on over to Two Cent’s parent organization, Common Change. We’re practicing what we’ve been preaching: helping people to pool resources with those they know, to share with those they care about. Check out the work Faith and Money Network is doing to equip people to explore and transform their relationship with money within the grounding of their faith. For practical steps on simplifying, visit Becoming Minimalist Interested in continuing the conversation in your own circles? Check out Mark Scandrette’s Free: Spending your time and money on what matters most. It’s packed with helpful exercise for getting a handle on your money story, and designed for healing and generative money conversations with friends If you’re interested in Two Cents continuing to...

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Create Your “Better” Federal Budget

Do you ever wonder how federal government spending impacts you? Does the current federal spending reflect your values? Does the federal spending impact you?  Do you ever wish that you could sit down and create a federal budget that would reflect your spending and revenue priorities? For a majority of my adult life I have never understood the federal budget because I did not take the time to understand it and believed it didn’t impact me or anyone else.  As a result, I have come to realize that it does impact me, and many other people. Additionally, I have come to realize; the current budget does not reflect my values. Budgets are moral documents, they reflect priorities, they are indicators of what we truly value. Whether a personal, family, small business, publicly traded company or faith community; we can all learn a great deal by looking at budgets. This is true for government budgets too: federal, state and local. So many of my friends express their frustration about what is happening in Washington.  I knew there had to be a better way to engage people, a better way to help them understand how federal budgets work.  And I was fairly certain there had to be a tool out there, so I began to search.  As a matter of fact, there...

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Jubilee Party on Wall Street by Shane Claiborne

Ten years ago, we threw a party on Wall Street.  It was one year after 9/11 and nine years before Occupy.  We were inspired by the ancient vision of Jubilee found in the Bible – where God invites the Hebrew people to dismantle economic inequality by forgiving debts, setting slaves free, and redistributing property.  It was God’s emancipation proclamation, the Almighty’s creative way of systemically interrupting the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots. Sure, biblical scholars are quick to point out that the Hebrew people never really practiced the Jubilee very well.  But one of my favorite scholars goes on to say, “That’s no excuse… Christians have never really practiced the Sermon on the Mount very well either.”  It was still God’s dream, God’s intention — and it is our job to keep God’s dream alive. So we threw a Jubilee party on Wall Street, ready to confront the raging bull head-on, ready to flip the tables on the front steps of capitalism’s temple. We invited the homeless folks in New York to come to the front entrance of the New York Stock Exchange where we planned to give away ten thousand dollars in cash.  They came…lots of them.  Just as the opening bell rang inside the Stock Exchange, Jubilee started rumbling \outside.  Small bills were dropped...

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Your Redistribution is Showing! Bill Gates and Warren Buffett (and you?) get in on the growing practice of promoting the well-being of others

Selling their possessions and goods, they gave… Acts 2:45 Look who’s practicing distribution, or probably a better word, redistribution. Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Steve Case, Larry Ellison, T. Boone Pickens, & Walter Scott, Jr. just to name a few. For a good part of my life I have sought to spark imagination and discussion that there is another (and I argue, better) way to live.  Over the past decade I have specifically focused on bringing light to the reality that there truly is enough for all of our needs and suggested practical ways to start living accordingly.  Often I wonder what it would take to really live into that reality. There are certainly moments I question if it is even possible, if we are willing, if we are ready. Like any good work, it is rarely easy.  It is certainly a path scattered with discouraging moments.  But, when I am honest I realize that this journey of awakening, this journey of discovery, this journey of open-handedness, this journey of seeing ourselves in others and others in ourself, this journey of sacrifice to help our neighbor, is mostly filled with moments of sheer excitement. The ups and downs are intertwined in the mystery of “it’s happening” and “it’s not yet”. We have come far, too far to not keep going on what will be the...

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