Camas Friends Church

A Quaker Meeting in Camas, WA

“We Are Not What We Own”

Here is a quote from Ched Myers recent Sojourner’s article that I am really excited about right now:

Jesus’ antidote is a proverb that can be translated “We are not what we own” (12:15b). The Greek huparchonton is analogous to the English “belongings,” and is used often by Luke. Possessions typically characterize large estate holders (12:44; 16:1) and are what the “strong man” seeks to protect (11:21), which is why disciples ultimately must “renounce” them (14:33). Luke’s story culminates with Zacchaeus distributing half his huparchonton to the poor (19:8), while his Acts “sequel” begins with the Pentecostal community redistributing huparchonton (Acts 4:32). Rather than “belonging to our belongings,” we should use them to build community.

In our society today, there is a lot of things we can be worried about, but how might we re-situate our lives rooted in what Ched Myers calls the God’s great economy and use what we have to build community? How might some of the insights from this article challenge, change, or shape the way you think about career and vocation?

Let’s discuss the article below.

About Wess

is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.


This entry was posted on December 11, 2009 by in Other Voices.

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