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Dan Cumberland, The Meaning Movement
For our pilgrim practitioner and guide feature for the second Pilgrim Principle, “A Pilgrim is a Good Steward of Resources,” we’re highlighting Dan Cumberland, vocation coach and meaning-maker at The Meaning Movement. Read how Dan engages the third Pilgrim Principle below and learn more about how he practices stewarding his resources well, particularly when it comes to our abilities, at themeaningmovement.com.
As a person of faith, what does it mean to you to be a good steward of resources?
It means being aware and considerate of all aspects of stewardship. I think about the future and how my family needs to be taken care of. I think about the things I direct my resources toward and what impact they have on everyone involved in their creation. The ethics and environmental impact of farming and textile production are very important to me. So I choose not to eat meat and prefer to purchase fair trade clothing when possible.
How can inhabiting our own story and actively participating in our own journey teach us to be good stewards?
We all have tendencies that we are unaware of. By getting closer to our stories and our wounds, we become aware of these tendencies. Stewardship involves money (among other things), and every family has a particular way of dealing with or avoiding money issues. To become a better steward, you have to push into those family stories and understand how they shape you.
Where does the journey of conscious stewardship begin?
It begins with awareness of the places the ways that you may be called to steward differently. Before seeking to change things, you must begin by knowing what and why a change is called for.