In "The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life," a Tapestry of Faith program
Sound the chime and invite participants into quiet reflection as you prepare to enter into a time of centering and sharing.
Ask a volunteer to light the chalice as you share these words:
May this flame,eternal symbol of transformation,fire our curiosity, strengthen our wills, and sustain our courageas we seek what is good within and around us.
Lead "Meditation on Breathing," Hymn 1009 in Singing the Journey.
Say in these words or your own:
This workshop focuses on differing economic realities in our society and the cultural expectation that a successful life is equated with financial prosperity. America has been called "the land of dreams." Most of us dream of success, yet how you define success and how your "success" affects others are related to your position on the spectrum of wealth and income.
Share the story "The Daydreamer." If you feel comfortable doing so, tell the story rather than reading it. Afterward, ask participants if they have ever had "daydreams" about their lives and what they might achieve financially. Have those daydreams motivated, discouraged, or distracted them (or perhaps a combination of the three)? Invite participants to briefly share their daydreams of financial success; if the centering table includes symbolic objects, you might invite participants to choose an object to incorporate into their daydream story. If you have chosen to use a talking stick, remind participants that it will be passed to the one who is speaking as a reminder to focus on the speaker rather than planning one's own next words.
May our time together be made holy by the sharing of stories, the gift of good listening, and the joy of being held in community.
Sound the chime to signal the end of the centering time.
Be considerate of participants with mobility limitations. A song leader can invite people to "rise in body or spirit;" ensure that the option to remain seated is communicated.
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Last updated on Friday, November 22, 2013.
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