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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Advent Conspiracy

Dave found this website called The Advent Conspiracy. The concept is this:

Christmas can (still) change the world.

The Advent Conspiracy challenges us to worship fully, spend less, give more and love all. Could it be more simple?

The idea is to reduce consumerism and change the world. Watching the video clip (below), I learned that Americans spend $450 BILLION each year for Christmas.

Elsewhere in the world, 1.8 million people die every year from water-borne illnesses. This includes 3900 children every single day. In fact, the lack of clean drinking water kills more people every year than anything else.

The world's water problem could be solved--once and for all--with just $10 billion. A small fraction of what we in America spent on Christmas last year.

I'm convicted and I'm challenged. I want to change the world. My heart hurts to change the world.

4 comments:

Trendy Mindy said...

Lory - thank you for visiting my blog and for the kind words! I love the blog world! Isn't it incredible that complete strangers have so many things in common!

I have been following your story for awhile now - and i love keeping up withy your beautiful baby!

Merry Christmas
Mindy

Derek Weber said...

Hi Mindy- Are you from Colorado? Merry Christmas to you!

Lory- I love this advent conspiricy. I also feel compelled to help change the world. What would $10 billion for clean water narrow down to per person for say half the population of the United States? I dispise math :) Actually, why don't we ask for $10 billion in Congress. This would be a news story to overshadow the "big 3" automakers asking for $34 billion.

DW

SDR said...

Lory - each year instead of exchanging gifts each of my family members contributes to a charity that we think the others will appreciate (guess which country I always ask my "gifts" to be contributed to???). That way we reduce the materialism and amount of "stuff" that otherwise goes along with Christmas, and feel like we really are changing the world (albeit in teeny tiny increments). It seems this year I hear about more people doing that and I think its awesome.

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

Shawn

Lelonnie said...

I love you Lory