We were talking about consumerism in church last night. (church for me is about twenty of us in Colin’s front room on a thursday night). I showed Annie Leonard’s great little film The Story of Stuff and then we discussed it.
It raises all kinds of issues, about the environment, the exploitation of developing countries, and where we find our value as human beings. It’s enlightening, it’s funny, and because it deals with the whole process of consumerism from resource extraction to disposal, it’s a good place to start if you don’t know how much people are aware of the issues.
If anyone would like to try this in their own church, community centre, or youth project, the film is available to download here.
I used a bunch of stories from the Bible too, and you can download my discussion sheets for groups, running order and summary reflection here: story-of-stuff (Word doc)