There Is Enough

ccchairsConsider the miraculous feeding of the thousands we find in the Christian Scriptures.  The conversation goes something like this.  The disciples are concerned that the people are hungry and approach Jesus.  Jesus’s response is brilliant: “Well, give them something to eat!”  The disciples are still thinking with the mind of the market economy and cannot possibly conceive of how to hit up the local Walmart and feed all these people… “That would take eight month’s wages!”  How in the world could they possibly afford to feed these people?  Jesus’s response (again, characteristically brilliant)… he asks them: “What do you have?”  All they have is a meager offering of a little kids sack lunch – some fish and chips.  But he is willing to give everything he has.  So Jesus takes it  and adds a little Godstuff.

And he proceeds to take the meager offerings of a little kid’s lunch to feed the entire crowd of thousands… and, when it’s all said and done, there are  leftovers. The unmistakable lesson is that God will take whatever we have if we offer it with open hands and a willing heart – and God will use it to work miracles, feed thousands, change the world.

We are the ones God is waiting on. When we throw our hands up at God and inquire “why do you allow this injustice!?”… we have to be ready for God to toss the same question back to us. We have a God that chooses to need us. We have a God who doesn’t want to change the world without us.

Walls and Gates

ccwallWe think that in building a wall or gate around our home or country to lock others out we are protecting ourselves from others, but too often we find that we are locking ourselves into a world of fear and loneliness.  The exclusive resort or gated neighborhood become the most dangerous places to live because we are separated from the suffering of others and from the God of compassion.  But the promise of Scripture is that the “gates will not prevail” as Jesus tells Peter.  We hold the keys to open them up and open our lives and dinner tables to those who are just outside our gates longing for food and love.

Real Story on Receiving a Gift from Common Change

flowerccThis year, our family has experienced deep disruption as we’ve had to move out of our home and part with most of our possessions due to mold. It is only through the grace of friends and family who have come alongside us that we’ve been able to make a new start. So much of the loss and grief has been balanced by the love we’ve felt from those who have cared for us, and I’m grateful that my children have been able to experience this firsthand.

One of the unique blessings of this has been the way people we don’t even know have come alongside us. We received a gift through Common Change simply because someone advocated for our need, and others chose to share in that. The generosity of total strangers stirs a depth of gratitude and joy unlike anything else we’ve experienced.

An Open Letter To President-Elect Donald Trump

Greetings President-Elect Donald Trump

My desire in writing this note seeks to communicate 3 things: 1) introduce our work at Common Change, 2) share a commitment that people within Common Change have made, and 3) encourage the continuation of meaningful and generative dialogue at a time when much of the world seems to be talking over one another.

Over 12 years ago I had the distinct honor and privilege to be part of a small group of people who believed (and continue to) that we could mend brokenness, repair relationships, rebuild our communities, find ways to be more fully human with one another, and quite audaciously change the world.

It started with a simple covenant that a handful of us made – that I, my family, and many others are committed to until this day: Read more

Why I Volunteer With Common Change

fullsizerenderwritten by Wilmina Taghap

I  recently read this idea of being a “faithful companion and diligent servant,” prompting me to take inventory of my present life. How am I a faithful companion in this life journey? Am I a diligent servant? And as other questions brew in my heart and mind, Common Change keeps coming up as one of the answers.

Reconnecting with Common Change as a volunteer is probably the reason why that is in the forefront of my mind.  You see, I initially volunteered with Common Change a little over three years ago right after I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean. I did meaningful work from connecting with those that were ‘cared for’ and those who were ‘caring for their neighbors.’ I was even given the official title of ‘Generosity Liaison,” sounds so fancy to me (:

Now that I am back living in the Eastern Caribbean and settled in, I longed to do more meaningful work and Common Change gave me that avenue.  I am now helping groups take new steps; from starting up to getting into rhythms of collaborative giving.

I am super excited to see the stories that will unfold as I walk with Common Change groups, while striving to be a faithful companion and diligent servant.