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Introduction, Workshop 2: The Meaning of Money in Our Lives

In "The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life," a Tapestry of Faith program

What you are now is what you have been, what you will be is what you do now. — The Buddha

Beginning in childhood and throughout our adult lives, we receive many messages about money from family members, friends, co-workers, popular culture and our faith community. These messages are often conflicting. How money is managed and spent can be a source of confusion and conflict in our close relationships. Understanding one's personal story and the values that are at the root of one's relationship with money is an important step in creating a spiritually healthy relationship with money. For this reason, the central stories in this workshop will be the money autobiographies of the participants.

In this workshop, participants will also be introduced to the idea that there are generational differences in how we understand money and finances, dynamics that might come into play in our personal, familial and congregational interactions around money. After reflecting on their own stories and on the broader context for those stories, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on how their money habits align with their personal values and the shared values of our Unitarian Universalist faith.

The money autobiographies are a significant component of this workshop. Please send an email a few days prior to the workshop attaching Workshop 1, Handout 3, and reminding participants to prepare their stories.

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

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Last updated on Friday, November 22, 2013.

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