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Radical Generosity for the Real World

Generosity is a way of living, not simply an act of giving.

a real-world experiment in generosity

In September 2014 LaSalle Street Church handed out $500 checks to its congregants, with the instruction to do God’s work in the world. This was a real-world experiment in generosity.

Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World is the story of these real people experiencing real freedom. And repeatedly that freedom began with small hesitant steps of generosity that became a way of life.

While it is the story of one church, it is the larger story of generosity and its potential when unleashed by you, me, and everyone else inhabiting this divinely and beautifully created planet. It is the story of loving and letting go.

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On Our Minds

Love Let(s) Go blog #5

In this post, Rev. Janet Karvonen-Montgomery shares how her personal experience of receiving an unconventional loan led her to use her $300 windfall to lend to others.

Love Let(s) Go blog #4

Reverend Patrick Joiner’s distribution of one-dollar bills reminds us of Dan West’s walk through his neighborhood (chapter 5 of the Love Let Go). Read more about Patrick’s experience here.

Love Let(s) Go blog #3

Pastor Betsy Hoium spread her $300 windfall across generations. She shares in her blog that she learned “money is a human creation and a means, but not an end. In the best of circumstances money can be used to love God and love neighbor — doing God’s work in the world, thinking of others before ourselves and providing opportunities to develop our God-given gifts.”

Training Pastors to Love Let Go

Last summer a group of ministers from the St. Paul area participated in a retreat titled Love Let(s) Go, inspired by our book. Ami spent a day with the group, facilitating discussion and helping them rethink stewardship within their congregations. At the end of the retreat, the bishop handed each of them a $300 check to do God’s work, a la LoveLetGo. Each pastor was asked to submit a blog post. Over the next few weeks, we will share their reflections. Here is the first, from Pastor Julie Wright of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church. She in turn created her own Love Let Go experience:

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