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I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself. — Aldous Huxley, British author (Brave New World)

In this workshop, participants craft a personal theology of wealth and money and set a plan for sustainable, spiritually healthy financial practice at home, at work, and in their congregation. The workshop revisits prompt questions from previous workshops and guides participants to articulate a "credo" about money which states their personal beliefs, values, and intentions. Then, participants plan how they will transform their intentions into actions and make a commitment to follow through.

A week before the workshop, contact participants and remind them to bring with them any written, artistic, and/ or creative expressions and reflections from prior workshops or prepare some thoughts about their hopes, dreams, and intentions for their financial lives going forward.

You and workshop participants may decide as an alternate or additional activity to plan and lead a worship service which brings the spiritual work of The Wi$dom Path program into a community religious celebration.

Before leading the workshop, review the Accessibility guidelines in the program Introduction under Integrating All Participants.

Goals

This workshop will:

  • Review key concepts explored and insights gathered in the Wi$dom Path program
  • Guide individual and shared reflection on personal beliefs and faith commitments with regard to money and wealth
  • Inspire and support a commitment to adopt and maintain spiritual practices about money
  • Celebrate participants' work and ongoing transformation
  • Optional: Offer an experience of transforming insights, beliefs, and resolutions into religious language and communal worship practice (Alternate Activity 1).

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Revisit key concepts and insights from the Wi$dom Path program
  • Articulate their beliefs, values, aspirations, and commitments to craft a credo related to financial practices and the role of money in their lives
  • Generate concrete ideas for spiritual practices which support intentional and meaningful changes in financial behavior and plan how they will gain support to adopt and maintain one or more of the practices
  • Transform insights, beliefs, and resolutions into religious language and communal worship practice (Alternate Activity 1).

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