The Good Life?
Consumerism and the consumption choices we make impact almost every area of our lives. The choices we make are simply reflections of our decisions about the bigger questions regarding the purpose of our lives. In a culture consumed by consumption, it can feel complex for Christians to make consumption choices that go against the grain of a consumerist culture and reflect their allegiance to Jesus.
The 6 streams we have identified below are a first step toward finding clarity amidst the complexity. They are simply a way of organising our collective conversation, giving us a framework to wrestle with together and come up with constructive and creative paths through the complexity.
Within each stream you will find articles and resources that help you find clarity, actions and initiatives that we believe should be amplified and ideas that set us on the path to new solutions.
Consumerism has led us to pursue excess rather than ‘enough’.
We are amongst the richest people in the world, yet we are busier, lonelier and less satisfied with what we have. We must move from a desire for ‘excess’ to ‘enough’.
The way we consume is seriously damaging our physical and mental wellbeing leaving us stressed and sick.
Despite the advancements in medical technology we are increasingly burdened by chronic disease, anxiety and depression. How could our physical and mental health improve if our hearts and minds could be at rest?Discover More >
Consumerism is damaging our relationships leaving us lonely and disconnected.
Despite increased access to communication technologies, travel and income to spend on social activities we have become lonelier and more disconnected than ever before.
Our consumption prevents us from caring for the earth and its creatures.
The explosion in economic activity of people has put unprecedented stress on the environment. Climate change, harm to animals, and the loss of biodiversity is the result.
Our consumption impacts people across the globe. Often for the worse.
Though the things we consume we are connected to people across the planet. Too often this has led to exploitation, enslavement and harm for their communities.Discover More >
Our consumerism has prevented us from ensuring all people have enough.
The world is materially richer and more ‘prosperous’ than it has ever been, yet hundreds of millions still lack the basics they need to survive and flourish.