Churches give cash away

Many churches across the nation, including churches in Connecticut, have joined the Pay It Forward program. How it works: The pastor gives a parishioner money, $50, that parishioner in turn gets to decide how use that money as long as it goes to a charity, a cause or a person in need.

This program isn’t new, but it’s picking up steam. The program is inspired by a 2000 movie, Pay It Forward, about a Southern California pastor who started a movement with a pocketful of cash that encourages people to discover creative ways to help others. The idea was borrowed from a Kansas United Church of Christ congregation.

In New Milford, First Congregational Church, is giving $50 bills away up until Thanksgiving. According to the News Times: The campaign’s premise is that all people have “some abundance,” and when they give from that place “the whole community is the better for it,” said the Rev. Michael Moran, senior pastor.

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