Perspectives on Consumerism from the Creation Care Team

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 

“Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Turn the old; return to them. Things do not change; we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do not want society.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), “Conclusion,” Walden, 1854


“’Tis a gift to be simple
‘Tis a gift to be free
‘Tis a gift to come down where you ought to be
And when we find ourselves in the place just right
It will be in the valley of love and delight
When the true simplicity is gained
To bow and to bend we shall not be ashamed
To turn, turn will be our delight.
‘Til by turning, turning we come round right.”
Elder Joseph Brackett, Shaker hymn, 1848