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Introduction, Workshop 5: Money and Society

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

If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered. — Proverbs 21:13

This workshop focuses on economic justice and economic class to explore ways money and wealth shape our individual choices and actions in the broader society. What day-to-day challenges and opportunities face people in different economic circumstances? How do one's financial means or social class relate to the dreams we have for our lives? How have participants encountered or observed classism?

Participants safely engage with the challenging topic of classism through activities, a story, and a game. The workshop offers time for processing and reflection, both individually and collectively, through art, meditation, and conversation.

Despite the whimsical story and fun activities, the topics of classism and economic justice may elicit participant feelings of shame, guilt, or a sense of being marginalized in the group; most of us have not been taught how to talk about social class. Before the workshop, read the reflection and discussion questions to identify hot buttons or areas of sensitivity for your group. Plan a time to discuss with your co-leader a way to share facilitation that will allow you to offer safe space for the sharing of personal stories using active and supportive listening, while managing any personal discomfort or anxiety about the topics. If a participant has a strong emotional reaction to an activity, engage your minister or pastoral care team to follow up.

Acivity 5, Creative Response, invites participants to explore a nonverbal reflection activity. If you are not experienced with arts and crafts, ask a participant or a member of the congregation to help you gather supplies prior to the workshop. In addition, 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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