Center on Wealth and Philanthropy
Wealth and the Commonwealth Newsletter, Volume 21 May 7, 2010

Contents

New Book: Wealth and the Will of God

Giving Meaning to Giving (Spring 2010)

Religious Discernment of Philanthropic Decisions in the Age of Affluence

Open Invitation to Wealth & Giving Forum, May 20, 2010


 

Sponsoring the Center's Communication Activities




Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It has been a productive and busy start to 2010 at the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. In addition to the release of our two original research projects, Migration of Wealth in New Jersey and the Impact on Wealth and Philanthropy and the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy Giving Model: Forecast for 2009 - both described in previously released newsletters, I wanted to share with you some other recent reports and articles.

I recently co-authored a book with Keith Whitaker, Wealth and the Will of God, which was published by Indiana University Press. The book looks at some of the spiritual resources of the Christian tradition than can aid serious reflection on wealth and giving.

I have also included an article that I am pleased to find presents a well-balanced account of my research and thoughts. I was surprised by the space the newsletter granted for the story, not to mention the large photo of my younger brother.

This newsletter includes my chapter on religious discernment in the new book edited by David H. Smith, Religious Giving: For the Love of God, about discernment as a guide for wealth holders in the allocation of their wealth. Discernment, the process to engage donors in the very personal learning journey to assess their own values, has the promise to make the early twenty-first century the first era in which the conscientious allocation of extraordinary wealth for the care of others becomes an ordinary path of financial spirituality. It is a subject in which I have extensively researched and written and I hope it provides some useful context in your day-to-day activities.

Finally, as a senior advisor to the Wealth and Giving Forum, I am including an invitation to all our newsletter readers to attend A Celebration of Philanthropy and Personal Transformation being held on May 20th in New York City. The program will include stories from individual givers, nonprofit leaders, and those who benefit from the generosity of others.

As always, I welcome your comments and feedback and appreciate the time you devote to reading about the Center's ongoing work.

Cordially yours,


Paul G. Schervish


  • New Book: Wealth and the Will of God
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    by Paul G. Schervish and Keith Whitaker

    (February 2010 Publication Date)

    The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy is pleased to announce the release of a new book co-authored by Paul G. Schervish and Keith Whitaker, Wealth and the Will of God, published by Indiana University Press. The book looks at some of the spiritual resources of the Christian tradition that can aid serious reflection on wealth and giving. Beginning with Aristotle-who is crucial for understanding later Christian thought-the book discusses Aquinas, Ignatius, Luther, Calvin, and Jonathan Edwards. Though the ideas vary greatly, the chapters are organized to facilitate comparisons among these thinkers on issues of ultimate purposes or aspirations of human life; on the penultimate purposes of love, charity, friendship, and care; on the resources available to human beings in this life; and finally on ways to connect and implement in practice our identified resources with our ultimate ends.

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  • Giving Meaning to Giving (Spring 2010)
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    The end of the year brings reflections on the past and future, family gatherings, and lots of mail. Holiday greeting cards are part of the tradition of greeting each other on the dawn of the New Year. So are end-of-the-year appeals for money to support one cause or another. While the arrival of holiday

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  • Religious Discernment of Philanthropic Decisions in the Age of Affluence
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    by Paul Schervish

    My focus here will be on a religious discernment process as a guide for wealth holders in the allocation of their wealth. The hope is that religious discernment - as a key element of religious giving- will shape the spiritual horizons on wealth and philanthropy to the same extent that findings on the ongoing wealth transfer are shaping the material horizons.

    Click here to read the full chapter
  • Open Invitation to Wealth & Giving Forum, May 20, 2010
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    Please join the Association of Small Foundations and Wealth & Giving Forum for the inaugural event as partners in A Celebration of Philanthropy and Personal Transformation On Thursday, May 20, 2010 in New York City.

    Click here to read the details about the event
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