Consumerism Really Gone Too Far!

Buy Now Pay LaterAs I type this I glance at a widget on my desktop telling me that it is only 2 days, 17 hours, 35 minutes and 17 seconds until the Apple Computer World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco.   Why is my eye floating to the nerdy info bit every once in a while this week?    I am looking forward to announcements about the new iPhone.  My new job is all about online organizing, staying connected – I finally have a legitimate reason to upgrade into the iPhone.   Then as I am doing research for the aforementioned new job, research about topics that our members have indicated are important to them – one issue tweaks my conscience – consumerism.  In fact I spent the greater part of my final semester in seminary working on an annotated bibliography for an Ethics class and guess my focus?  Yep – consumerism.  And here I am all-aglow with geek-tacular excitement over a gadget that I want to buy and I run across a most disturbing article that exposes a most heinous sector of consumer culture.  The title of the article (not from the Onion mind you) is :

“Diners Club Offers Payment Plan for Vietnamese Brides” – yes – you read that correctly.  I know I will not do it justice so you can read the whole piece by by Amanda Kloer here:

Diner's Club

So then I was compelled to look around and see what our churches are saying about human trafficking…here is what I found:

From the UMC’s Book of Resolutions

A UMC Resolution

UMC article

Church members can address trafficking locally

From the PC(USA) in 2007

Agencies Work to Find Victims, Prevent Sex Trafficking

From the Episcopal Church

Human Trafficking: The Episcopal Church Responds

And from the UCC - A PDF Resolution

Human Trafficking

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Next Blog – some of the consumerism resources from my seminary project.