The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Feel like giving up on giving?

On any given day, opening the mail results in a request—for money. And for every organization you give to, another handful of requests jams your mailbox. And then there are the hurricanes—and you want to help. What’s a person with compassion fatigue to do?

In a Chicago Tribune article (March 6), John Rolland, University of Chicago clinical professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Center for Family Health, advises people to be aware of their limits. And he tells those overwhelmed by requests and guilt to do more than make a monetary donation. “Counteract a sense of helplessness by working with a group of people around an issue,” he says.

Requests for money are successful. In 2004 giving in the U.S. reached nearly $250 billion, a 5 percent increase over the previous year, according to Giving U.S.A. Foundation.

In this season of stewardship campaigns, church leaders say giving to your church is a good answer.

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