Activity 3: Money and the Generations
Activity time: 20 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Handout 2, Generations Theory Summary
- Newsprint, markers, and tape
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
- Can you name cultural differences other than generational differences that complicate money conversations in our congregation?