Volume 1 - Issue 5  



July 29, 2010

(podcast) A Good Steward Shares God’s Gifts in Love and Justice

“A Good Steward Shares God’s Gifts in Love and Justice” is the fourth of our five-part Spanish-language podcast series introducing the concept of Christian Stewardship to the Latino community. In this podcast, O’Meara Ferguson Executive Consultant Koren Ruiz explains that there is more to sharing God’s gifts than just giving generously. We must first learn how to share, rather than simply giving more of our time, talent and treasure.

When thinking about sharing God’s gifts in love and justice, after we understand how to share, the next question is where do we share? The reality is that there are needy persons to love and serve all around us. There are lonely people to comfort, hungry people to feed and homeless people to shelter. This podcast emphasizes that our sharing of God’s gifts has to be planned, prayerful, proportional to what we have received and with an attitude of sacrifice.

Upcoming Podcasts:

  • A Christian Steward Returns God’s Gifts with Increase

“Un buen Corresponsable Comparte los Dones que Recibe de Dios en Amor y en Justicia” es el título del cuarto podcast en español (de una serie de cinco) para introducir el concepto de Corresponsabilidad Cristiana a la comunidad Latina. En este espacio informativo, el Asesor Financiero de O’Meara Ferguson Koren Ruiz explica que compartir los dones de Dios va mucho mas allá de simplemente dar con generosidad. Primero, nosotros debemos aprender como compartir, en lugar de simplemente dar mas de nuestro tiempo, talento y tesoro.

Cuando pensamos en compartir los dones de Dios en amor y justicia, después de entender como compartir, la siguiente pregunta es ¿dónde lo debemos de hacer?
La realidad es que hay personas necesitadas de amor y servicio en todas partes. Hay gente solitaria que necesita consuelo y gente hambrienta que necesita de nuestro apoyo. Este podcast enfatiza que compartir los dones de Dios con los demás debe hacerse de una manera planeada, proporcional a lo que hemos recibido, a través de la oración y con una actitud de sacrificio.

Próximos Podcasts:

  • Un Corresponsable Cristiano Regresa Los Dones De Dios En Mayor Proporcion

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Rethinking Stewardship: What Do I Own, and What Owns Me?

I began thinking about stewardship in the early 1990s when the Roman

Catholic Church in the United States first began to take stewardship seriously. I had the great privilege of learning about stewardship from Seattle Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy, now deceased, who at that time was chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ ad hoc committee on stewardship and the principal architect of Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response (SDR), the pastoral letter published by the bishops in 1992. This pastoral letter marks the official introduction of the word “stewardship” into the lexicon of Roman Catholicism—at least in the United States.
The core of Archbishop Murphy’s teaching about stewardship can be found in a talk he gave in Indianapolis in November 1993 to representatives from the five Roman Catholic dioceses of Indiana. This talk, which the archbishop called “Reflections on the Pastoral Letter,” was preserved on videotape by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and it has been used in a wide variety of pastoral and educational settings ever since. In addition, the archbishop’s final reflections on stewardship were published posthumously in the fall of 1997 in a chapter entitled, “Giving from the Heart” (GH) in The Practice of Stewardship in Religious Fundraising, Volume 17 of “New Directions in Philanthropic Fundraising,” a professional journal published by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and by Jossey-Bass Publishers.
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(podcast) Freeing the Imprisoned Donor:
Life-Giving Forms of Mission Advancement

Continuing on the theme from his July 2, 2010 article, Mission Advancement, O’Meara Ferguson president and founder Patrick O’Meara delves further into the topic of mission advancement with a particular focus on the role of the laity.

The podcast begins with a reinforcement of the call that everyone has to answer – Christ’s Great Commission – to go unto all the nations teaching them everything Christ taught us and baptizing the nations in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. O’Meara stresses that we are in great need of the laity taking ownership of this aspect of advancing the mission. And, he says, with this ownership, the laity are participants in the mission (giving of their time, talent, treasure and influence), and are invested in making sure the mission of the Church is carried forward. How these gifts of time, talent, treasure and influence are given, transforms the giver. The mechanism by which the gifts of the people are brought about can either free or imprison them, O’Meara says, and as such, these mechanisms are enormously important.

Another critical component in mission advancement is understanding the giver and act of gift itself. O’Meara reflects John Paul the Great’s The Acting Person, and explains the two forms of consciousness whereby man understands themselves – se nosse and se cogito. With se nosse, we know ourselves with immediacy in an “I” relationship to another object which has an intrinsic value in and of itself. In se cogito, the more immature form, man is reflective upon themselves as the object.

Mission advancement, O’Meara reiterates, is the activity by which the laity are brought into the very heart and essence of the Church. And while some erroneously believe fundraising is extraneous to the Gospel, if we can make sure that the goal mission advancement is the work of the Gospel itself and that funds come in through the work of mission advancement where the essence of the activity is the conversion of the individual, then:

  1. we are engaged in true mission advancement, and
  2. the amount that we fundraise will be much greater.

“We must seek each individual in and of themselves to be a participant in the work of the Church – and that they are the end, not the means, to the advancement of the mission of the Church. We must build them up in the form of conversion, in order to get the greatest benefit from mission advancement for the individual, and the institution.”

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The Foundation for Sacred Arts presents:

A Concert of New Sacred Music

August 14, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

featuring the winning works from

The International Sacred Music Competition 2010
Sacred choral works by Knaggs, Quick, and LaRocca
(plus a commissioned work by Nowakowski)

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