Week 14: Creation Spirituality v Consumerism Spirituality

This week we address the spiritual challenges implicit in Western cultures where self-worth and value are often “advertised” as deriving from consuming material goods.  Besides the stark contrast between such cultures and the wisdom of most religious traditions, we examine the evidence for whether materialistic lifestyles actually lead to happiness or are sustainable.  A mix of songs, advertisements, documentaries and other critiques will guide our inquiry.