Love is the Teaching

The beauty of the begging bowl is in recognizing that we both need to be generous and create opportunities that allow others to be generous. When open-handed giving is woven into congregational life, we leave behind ideas of scarcity and distrust and open ourselves to the values of mutual care, trust, and spiritual vitality. Distrust and “gatekeeping” hinder inclusivity and keep congregations from becoming the welcoming communities they envision. By exploring how the practice of seeking and filling “begging bowls” without the expectation of return or recognition liberates us, transforming our mindset from scarcity to abundance.