Word of the Year: Generosity

The word of the year for Camas Friends Church is generosity. We will reflect on the meaning and possible lived applications of this word. We will increase and deepen our practice of generosity this year.

Quakers have a long history of being generous toward others. We hope to continue and creatively build upon this tradition in our relationships and contexts.

Generosity can mean many things. Here are some ideas from some of the leadership of CFC. What would you add?

Generosity is:

  • Above-and-beyond action for the good of others.
  • Abundant giving.
  • Practicing hospitality.
  • Going the extra mile.
  • Encouraging and celebrating others.
  • Helping others beyond what is expected or what we think we have time for.
  • Treating people with profound respect, no matter who they are, recognizing that in encountering another we are encountering Christ.
  • Seeing the world differently.
  • Sharing rather than hoarding.
  • Welcoming difference rather than pushing for sameness.
  • Caring and loving.
  • The antithesis of greed and selfishness.
  • Helping others in ways that inconvenience yourself.
  • Considering what you have to offer to others.
  • Looking beyond yourself.
  • Sharing your skills, talents, abilities, finances, and possessions.
  • Taking care of others—those close to us and those a part of the larger society.
  • An attitude leading to not dutiful or begrudging giving but to joyful giving.
  • Recognizing Christ in all and recognizing all as deserving of Christ.
  • Seeing our work or vocation as a potential gift to ourselves and others that invigorates rather than depletes.
  • Rewarding to both the giver and the receiver.
  • Making room for others’ opinions or idea or viewpoints.
  • Giving people opportunities to succeed, participate, learn and grow.
  • Caring for others in unique, personalized ways.
  • Advocacy

We pray and hope for growth in generosity in 2016.