The Congregation at Duke University Chapel


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Martin Luther, the 16th century reformer, claimed that there were three conversions necessary for the Christian life: the conversion of the heart, the conversion of the mind, and the conversion of the purse. In the church, we talk about the first two, but rarely do we speak of the third. That is when some are moved to say to their pastor with concern, “You have moved from preaching to meddling!”

The rules of polite conversation steer us away from speaking about money. We don’t talk about the cost of items, the amount of our debt or savings, nor where and when we spend money. We do, however, argue about money. One researcher found that conflicts about finances are a top predictor for divorce. Why is it that money causes a “flight or fight” reaction for many of us?

Jesus talked a great deal about money and possessions. Those who count verses claim that Jesus spent more time talking about money than about heaven or hell. Perhaps it is time to explore what the scriptures teach us about this sensitive topic. I invite you to attend the Congregation’s Fall Retreat on Saturday, October 14 when The Rev. Dr. Will Willimon will lead us in a reflection on “Money and Christians.” This is not a fund-raising event. This is an educational retreat – an opportunity to think deeply about one aspect of our Christian lives. Retreat details are here .

I hope that you will be able to attend so that we may learn from one another and grow together.

May the peace of Christ be with you.