The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Affluenza: 'Word of the month'

A recent press release from Webster's New World College Dictionary declared "affluenza" its word of the month.

The word, which blends "affluence" and "influenza," means: 1. the ill effects of sudden wealth, or 2. The sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from keeping up with the Joneses.

Many in the church already knew of this illness that affects society — and offer cures for this materialistic malady. Some congregations have even made affluenza the focus of Bible studies or stewardship discussions. For ideas and resources go to: www.affluenza.com and www.pbs.org/kcts/affluenza/. Also, see The Lutheran, March 1999.


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