You are invited to take part in a special adult religious education course at the Fellowship this Spring. Facilitated by Rev. Andrew, this new “Tapestry of Faith” curriculum will focus on the intersection of our financial lives with our religious, spiritual and community lives.
As Gail Forsythe-Vail, Director of Adult Programs for the Unitarian Universalist Association, asks, “How can we have a relationship with earning, spending, giving, and investing that is spiritually healthy and grounded in our deepest values? While money is a pervasive part of our day-to-day existence, it often receives little attention in our religious lives.” She explains, “This program helps participants understand how decisions and attitudes about money can be a more effective force for living lives of meaning and value, and for creating positive change in themselves, their congregations and groups, our society and the world.”
The sessions of “The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit and Life” will take place on Tuesday evenings, February 4th through April 22nd, in the UUFP Sanctuary from 7pm to 8:30pm. Session topics are as follows:
- Talking about Money
- The Meaning of Money in Our Lives
- Cultural Lessons about Money and Wealth
- The Many Meanings of Money
- Money and Society
- A Network of Mutuality
- Imagining a Transformed World
- Faithful Earning
- Faithful Spending
- Faithful Giving
- Faithful Investing
- Spiritual Practices in a Material World
Advanced registration is requested: the book for the program will be cheaper in a bulk order, and we are planning for child-care to be available. You may access the on-line registration form here.
Please contact Rev. Andrew for further information about the course or how to register for it.
From the Preface to the program:
Money plays a role in nearly every aspect of our lives. For better or for worse, it connects us to one another. Depending on how we approach and understand it, our relationship with money can enhance or limit our ability to live our lives to the fullest. Over time, most of us dedicate a significant part of our lives to earning money.
We use significant energy planning and worrying about both the money we have and the money we don’t have. We agonize how to plan for the future and how to use money to support what we care most about. We use money to respond with compassion to events in the world, to advance causes we believe in, and to support justice-making efforts. We engage in — or avoid engaging in — money conversations with those close to us and with fellow travelers in the groups and communities of which we are a part.
It is not easy to talk about money because money is entangled with our sense of self, our wants and aspirations, and our challenges and disappointments. It has complicated social dimensions and dynamics.
In this program, participants join together to give this important aspect of our lives due attention in a religious community. The heart of this program is an exploration of the relationship between money and spiritual values, specifically our Unitarian Universalist values. As religious people, we have much to gain by making money part of an intentional, covenanted, and faithful conversation together.
Through the Wi$dom Path program, participants can come to know more fully their own hearts and their own stories and make explicit the values that undergird their financial practices. Participants’ investigation of money from many angles and perspectives opens the way for money to become less troublesome in day-to-day life and more useful as a practical, life-giving tool. Participants explore ways to make real, meaningful changes that bring their financial lives into better alignment with spiritual commitments and Unitarian Universalist values. They become better equipped to live into spiritual lives which are more full and are supported, rather than hindered, by financial realities and possibilities.
Talking about money in an intentional way, exploring this part of our lives in a faith community, invites participants to become more grounded, skilled, and powerful in negotiating financial challenges and changes, not only in their personal lives, but also in their work for economic health and justice in neighborhoods, communities, our nation, and our world.