Less Is More: Keeping It Simple

The Rev. John Ohmer knew the parents in his congregation wanted help weaning themselves from the habit of overindulging their children. But as a father of three who has to ration Nintendo in his own home, Ohmer, rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, Va., also knew it wasn't as simple as just telling families to buy less. So he revved up what he calls an "underground Christian resistance movement" for parents, offering parish workshops that urged them to make an inventory of their lives and holidays and then imagine the ideal version. Their dreams, it turned out, entailed a...

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