Moneychangers Part 5 ~ Q & A with Ben Zoba

This post concludes the five-part podcast series titled Moneychangers, in which we have explored with civic activist, Ben Zoba, the inherent flaws of the current money system, its spiritual implications, and ways to move toward a new paradigm. As mentioned in previous podcasts, Ben does not presume to be an expert on the intricacies of these matters, though he has researched them extensively. He speaks smartly and with the passion of a man under conviction,  believing that what is at stake under … [Read more...]

Moneychangers Part 4 ~ Beginning points toward a better way

A Conversation with Ben Zoba about Money, Part 4In this installment -- the fourth with Ben Zoba about the failures of the current money system -- we discuss some models of how others have explored and successfully appropriated a new paradigm for financial exchange. He highlights, for example, the Wir credit exchange, in Switzerland, which has experienced great success; Ellen Brown's work, which explores a public banking system (through the government) over against the current private b … [Read more...]

Moneychangers ~ Part 3: The psychological effect of money scarcity

In this third installment of our conversation with local farmer and community activist, Ben Zoba, he explores the hidden psychological impact of people trying to flourish in an environment of monetary scarcity. Building upon the points discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, Ben makes the case that the manufactured scarcity of money creates a social environment that indirectly sets citizens against one another as each contends for limited funds to build their lives and aspire toward … [Read more...]

Moneychangers Part 2 ~ What is the Federal Reserve and how is it hurting families?

A conversation with Ben Zoba, Part 2 of 5 In this second of five installments of my conversation with farmer and community activist, Ben Zoba, he discusses the irregularities associated with the formation of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913 -- which is run by a contingent of private bankers who wield sole control over the ebb and flow of economies worldwide.Ben sees this control, and its debilitating effects on citizens, as a singular attack on fundamental institutions, most notably the … [Read more...]

Moneychangers Part 1 ~ Is it time to rethink how we “do” money”?

A conversation with Ben Zoba, Part 1 of 5The post-holiday season stands as a stark reminder to a majority of Americans of the raw force of being in debt and the panic that is often associated with that.In this series of five podcasts, in conversation with Benjamin Zoba, I will be exploring the unsettled, sometimes hostile relationship between persons and their money. Ben is an organic farmer and community activist in a small town north of Boston who, in addition to farming and managing … [Read more...]

Mary Rejoicing, Rachel Weeping

by Wendy MurrayA disastrous event that took place in Bethlehem related to Jesus’ birth that is also part of the picture of Christmas. Herod ordered the slaughter of all the boys two years old and under. Yet we tend to allow sleigh bells, evergreens, and shopping trips to push it out of view. It is nevertheless, in all its brutality, what Christmas is about: a Savior's "invasion" (to borrow from C. S. Lewis) and confrontation with the forces of evil.Matthew's narrative of Christ's b … [Read more...]

Who Is the *Real* Francis of Assisi? A New Book Hasn’t Found Him

A Review of When Francis Saved the Church, by Jon Sweeney(This review is part of the Patheos Book Club.)  by Wendy MurrayWhen I was living in Assisi, Italy to work on my book about the life of Saint Francis of Assisi -- titled A Mended and a Broken Heart -- a friar and scholar with whom I regularly consulted exhorted me with a statement I have never forgotten: He said, “Francis is an ocean--don’t say we caught him.”In this way I am always curious to read new … [Read more...]