Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: The Wi$dom Path: An Adult Program on Money, Spirit, and Life

Activity 3: Money and the Generations

Part of The Wi$dom Path

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read Handout 2 and copy it for all participants.
  • List group reflection questions on newsprint, and post.

Description of Activity


Research has shown that there are generational differences in our attitudes about money as well.

Distribute Handout 2 and invite participants to read it. Lead a discussion using the following questions:

  • Where do you fit? Compare and contrast these generalized statements with your experience.
  • Whose stories and experiences are left out of these descriptions?
  • How might your generational experience affect your money attitudes and practices?
  • What generational differences in money attitudes or practice have you observed in your family, your congregation, and other groups of which you are a part? What are the implications of those differences?
  • Have you observed or experienced significant tension points between the generations around financial issues? For example:
    • Between the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers
    • Between Baby Boomers and Generation X
    • Between Generation X and Millennials
  • Some generations are gone, but their money is not. How do perceived wishes of generations past influence money conversations in our congregations?