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MARCH 26TH 2013 

Where do you meet your “community”?

We just read a fascinating article in The Atlantic about charitable giving. Those at the top of the economic pile give about 1% of their income to charity, while those at the bottom give about 3%. But that’s not the whole story. The more that affluent folks interact with those in need of charity, the more they give. Here’s the link to the article:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/04/why-the-rich-dont-give/309254/

So what’s the lesson for us, especially with governments having to scale back their charitable support? Like everything else, it starts with consciousness.

Our membership in our community has both privileges and obligations. Chief among the latter is to think beyond our daily bubbles to ask: “What does my community need from me?”

That kind of question used to get asked weekly in churches, temples and synagogues. But with only 1 in 5 people now attending religious services regularly, where does it get asked now? What’s our new “church”?



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