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Introduction

Introduction
Introduction

We are constantly seeking more only to discover that more is never enough.  — Vicki Robin, in Your Money or Your Life

In this workshop, participants examine how spending habits and practices do and do not reflect their spiritual and ethical values and consider the impact of consumerism on all lives. Through activities, participants reflect on what they really treasure and the different ways they define what constitutes wealth.

Discussions about “stuff” and “wealth” may uncover discomfort related to class differences. Be aware of comments or responses that may indicate assumptions or judgments about the socioeconomic homogeneity of the group, congregation, or local community. You might offer a gentle reminder to be respectful of multiple perspectives or a quick review of ways to be an active listener.

If you choose to do Alternate Activity 1, Consumerism and Our Faith Community, you may wish to share the reflection questions from the activity with congregational leaders and professional staff to help them be prepared to engage in any conversations participants may initiate following the workshop.

Activity 2 requires an assortment of art supplies. Enlist help in gathering the materials well ahead of the workshop.

In addition, review Accessibility Guidelines for Adult Workshop Presenters.

Goals

This workshop will:

  • Explore concepts of “enough”
  • Engage reflection on and creative expression of the things participants treasure most
  • Examine the connection between values and spending
  • Consider the impact of consumerism on congregational life (Alternate Activity 1).

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Articulate and reflect on their understanding of “enough” and “wealth” and what they treasure most in their lives
  • Examine how values and fulfillment are reflected in personal spending practices
  • Consider changes to personal spending habits in order to bring them more in line with values and priorities
  • Identify ways in which consumerism has leaked into our congregational life (Alternate Activity 1).

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