Episode 25 | Generosity with Marilyn McEntyre

Generosity with Marilyn McEntyre

We continue our Lenten podcast series this week by looking at the spiritual practice of generosity with professor, author, and poet Marilyn McEntyre. Generosity, or to use more ancient language charity or alms giving was a practice Christians historically emphasized during Lent. And while providing material support to those in need is certainly a vital part of charity and love of neighbor, in this episode, Marilyn challenges us to broaden our understanding of what generosity can mean.

Caring for our Words is Part of Caring for our Neighbor

The book of Proverbs teaches us that death and life are in the power of the tongue, and compares well-chosen words to “apples of gold in settings of silver.” Similarly, Dr. McEntyre argues that true and apt words are both beautiful and valuable — and caring for language is inextricably bound up with our caring for others.

It’s our hope that the conversation which follows stretches your categories of generosity and caregiving this week, as we consider together what it means to attend to our language and to practice charity with our words.

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Learn more about Dr. Marilyn McEntyre.

Watch the full Online Conversation and read the transcript.

Authors and books mentioned in the conversation:
Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, by Marilyn McEntyre
Jane Austen
David Brooks

Related Trinity Forum Readings:

Devotions by John Donne and paraphrased by Philip Yancey
The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine of Hippo, Introduced by James K.A. Smith
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
A Spiritual Pilgrimage by Malcolm Muggeridge

Related Conversations:
Liturgy of the Ordinary in Extraordinary Times with Tish Harrison Warren
Caring for Words in a Culture of Lives with Marilyn McEntyre
Invitation to Solitude and Silence, with Ruth Haley Barton
Evening Conversation | The Second Mountain, with David Brooks
Evening Conversation | On the Road with Saint Augustine, with James K.A. Smith and Elizabeth Bruenig

Special thanks to Ned Bustard for the artwork and Andrew Peterson for the music.

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