Generosity in quotes: Melissa Florer-Bixler

“The mysteries of the [communion] bread have taught me that we always have more than enough: enough for sparrows and children, for hospital beds and nursing homes, for postpartum mothers and sick teenagers. We have enough for the trees and for strangers, enough for roses and for one another. Here, the holy purpose the bread […]

Generosity in quotes: Walter Brueggemann

“When the creation is recognized as a gift that keeps on giving so that loaves abound, we need not covet what is on the plate of our neighbor. We need not horde. We need not acquire a surplus because we may run out, because this is the God who gives far more abundantly than we […]

Generosity in quotes: Alexandra Benson

“My Urban Servant Corps journey led me to confront the painful realities of homelessness and poverty but also invited me to experience what it means to give generously out of God’s promise of abundance. Stewardship calls us to recognize the abundance among us and to creatively seek out how it may be shared with the […]

Generosity in quotes: Walter Brueggemann

“The counter-world of the Psalms contradicts our world of greed by mediating to us a world of abundance in which greed is completely inappropriate. The ground for such an abundance that refuses greed is the glad doxological affirmation that God is the creator who has blessed and funded the earth so that it is a […]

With abundance, it’s de ja vu all over again

Back in the early 2000s when Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry hit the bookshelves, Thom Jeavons and I were chided for under-selling the all too real limitations faced by nonprofits large and small, secular and faith-based. But what a difference 15 plus years has made. These days, abundance thinking is touted as good […]

Generosity in quotes: Tom Kaden

“We don’t help people experience the abundant life by telling them they should be experiencing the abundant life. We show people how to experience the abundant life by modeling an abundant life first. We help others experience the abundant life by taking a genuine interest in them and reminding them that someone else thinks their […]

Generosity in quotes: Kerry Alys Robinson

“Generosity, other-centeredness, mercy, compassion, relinquishment: these are constitutive qualities of being Christlike. Everyone has something to give others. We do a profound disservice to most of the world and to ourselves when we relegate philanthropy and giving only to the domain of the very wealthy.” Kerry Alys Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable […]

Generosity in quotes: Ann Voskamp

“There’s always enough abundance and grace to welcome those in need, because it’s only be abundant grace that any of us are here — and if there’s abundant grace for us, by God, there’s abundant grace for all of us.” Ann Voskamp, author, mother, wife, and Jesus follower, from an article titled “Dear Aylan . […]

Generosity in quotes: James Hudnut-Beumler

“The people of God know that they have things money cannot buy; they know they are rich in things of the soul. The job of the contemporary congregation is, as always, to increase love and understanding of God and love toward the neighbor. Lest money stand in the way of love, congregations must become places […]

Generosity in quotes: Nell Edgington

“Nonprofits have to break out of the starvation cycle of never having enough to do more. Instead of embracing the fact that the nonprofit sector is incredibly under-resourced, nonprofits must see past that and envision a future where they have everything they need to accomplish bold social change. It is the very act of turning […]