Handout 2: Spirituality and Money
People often think that money and spirituality are unrelated or even contradictory. We recall the sayings “Money is the root of all evil” and “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Yet money is just a means of ascribing value or worth to things, and our modern word “worship” comes from an Old English word that means “to ascribe worth to.” Money has spiritual power—for good and for bad.
During the next 20 minutes, discuss questions such as the following (or whatever else this topic brings up):
- How conscious are you of your choices around how you spend your money?
- Does the way you spend your money reflect your values?
- If so, how have you managed to achieve this?
- If not, how might you begin to create such a reflection?
- What are some of the spiritual challenges you associate with money?
- What is a spiritual antidote to greed—in ourselves and in others?
- What is a spiritual antidote to envy—in ourselves and in others?
- What else do you want to talk about in relation to this topic?