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Resources shed light on beating materialism

From "NewsDesk" <NewsDesk@UMCOM.ORG>
Date Mon, 2 Dec 2002 14:31:26 -0600

Dec. 2, 2002 News media contact: Tim Tanton7(615)742-54707Nashville, Tenn. 

NOTE: This is a sidebar to UMNS story #557.

By Julie K. Buzbee*

A variety of resources are available for people and congregations interested
in learning more about "affluenza."

Watch more about it

"Affluenza," PBS, 1998, produced by John de Graaf
"Escape from Affluenza," followup documentary, hosted by Wanda Urbanski,
co-author of Simple Living
"Curing Affluenza," a six-part video series featuring the Rev. Tony Campolo
"Break Forth Into Joy! Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle," video available from
Alternatives for Simple Living (800) 821-6153

Read more about it

The Bible. See Matthew 19:21; Mark 10; Luke 9:25, 12:15; Acts 20:35 and 1
John 3:17-18.
Affluenza, published 2001, by John de Graaf
Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence, by Jessie O'Neill
Subverting Greed: Religious Perspectives on the Global Economy, Paul F.
Knitter and Chandra Muzaffar, editors
Simple Living Oasis magazine, or (206) 464-4800
United Methodist Book of Resolutions, pages 88 and 482
The New Creation: John Wesley's Theology Today, by the Rev. Theodore Runyon
The Portion of the Poor: Good News to the Poor in the Wesleyan Tradition,
edited by M. Douglas Meeks
Books on simple living and related topics available from Alternatives for
Simple Living, (712) 274-8875 or (800) 821-6153

Quiz yourself

To find out if you have affluenza, go to and take the quiz.

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*Buzbee is a journalist residing in St. Joseph, Mo.

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