Simple EnoughThe Rev. Dr. Paul Escamilla, author of Longing for Enough in a Culture of More, explores the relationship between spiritual and financial well-being during Candler School of Theology’s second “Simple Enough?” lecture, March 29, 7 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. It is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

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Pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas, Escamilla will focus on the messages in his book, which make the "life of enough" seem a natural next step in the lives of Christians. He explores what constitutes having 'enough' in our highly commercialized consumer culture: How much is enough? How do we find rest and peace for anxious hearts? How do we discover a depth of being in a society always bent on 'doing' and 'having' more?

The “Simple Enough?” lecture series is part of Candler's commitment to decrease educational debt and improve financial literacy among students. The Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, delivered the first lecture in the series Feb. 1.

"We want to encourage our students that consuming less, borrowing less, and living simply are critical components of becoming faithful and creative church leaders," says Shonda Jones, associate dean of Admissions and Student Services. "They must be good stewards of their personal finances and those of any institution they serve, rather than be overtaken by debt and the need to consume more."   

Noting the timeliness of the "simplicity" theme in the midst of an economic downturn, Jones says that Candler is pleased to open up the lecture to the public. "We think a good number of people from the general public will be interested in hearing about the relationship between spiritual and financial health."

Funding for "Simple Enough?" is provided by a two-year, $50,000 grant from the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

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