Are you seeking meaning beyond work and consumption?
Does it sometimes seem that, instead of God,
money rules the world and runs your life?
In this Podcast, Wise and wonderful people share their stories and insights, connecting their experience with yours as we explore our relationship with money within the grounding of our faith.
Interviews by Mike Little, Director of Faith and Money Network, which is a prophetic partner to people of faith who are examining the power of money in our lives.
Engaging ideas and actions steps for people just beginning this part of their spiritual journey and for people well down the road
The Money We Don’t Give Away
Many of us, as people of faith, give a portion of our income to help others. But what about the money we don’t give away—the money we plan to spend, save for emergencies or invest for retirement?
As unbelievable as it may sound, we can use that money on behalf of God’s community, as well, and still have it for what we need. Our savings can actively benefit our community and be there when we need it.
Our investments can support our faith values and grow for retirement. We can support an economy of enough for all by thoughtfully choosing what we buy. Our guests today will expand our vision for the money we don’t give away.
Andy Loving is a financial advisor to people who work for justice through their finances. And Jim Marsh will share how he moved his money to savings and investment choices that support his deeply-held faith. Please join us as we continue to make the connection between our faith and our money.
Stewards of God’s Creation: Connecting Faith and Money
Millions of people of faith are making the connection between the way we live and the looming environmental crisis. We know we need to change our dependence on fossil fuels and to use water more wisely, but the scale of the crisis is daunting, and the life habits that got us into this mess are deeply ingrained.
Our guests today will show us what happens when we love God and God’s people enough to take a step toward life choices that honor God’s creation.
Joelle Novey of Interfaith Power and Light will share how congregations of many faiths are responding constructively to climate change. In taking one faithful step after another, Brian Higgins and his family have created a beautiful, sustainable life. Their stories will inspire us all to more deeply connect our faith and money to the imperative of our time--to be faithful stewards of God’s creation
Seeing Through New Eyes: Trips of Perspective
Would you like to go meet the neighbors? The gospel calls us to love our neighbor-- and we know that means all of God’s children-- but it’s difficult to think about people, much less love them, when we know nothing of their lives, their hearts or their history.
A Faith and Money Network Trip of Perspective is an opportunity to spend eye-opening days with people who may not have material things but spiritually, they are incredibly rich.
In spending time together, relationships are born and nurtured. And knowing someone, caring about someone, changes the way we see anything that affects them, from the weather to international policy, and changes the way they see the things that affect us.
Our guests today, Rev. Djaloki Dessables and Kim Montroll, have fascinating and touching stories from leading Trips of Perspective to Haiti. You will start to see through new eyes as we make cross-cultural connections between faith and money.
Kids and Money: Mom, Can I Get That?
An estimated 5,000 times a day, our children are exposed to an ad that tells them they need one more thing or one more experience to be happy and accepted.
As parents, making the connection between faith and money, we know those messages of “never enough” are toxic to our children’s spirits and will distort their lives. But how do we offer God’s life-giving understanding of money when the commercial culture is in the very air they breathe?
Our guests today will restore our hope that we can raise our children with a sense of their place in God’s economy of enough for all.
Susan Taylor’s family talks and walks (however imperfectly) their understanding of God’s call to justice and community. And Caroline and Jason Bernhardt-Lanier are raising four children within a loving tension between a background of affluence and hearts committed to God’s call to be present to the poor. Join us as we make a multi-generational connection between faith and money.
Money and Relationships: Our Home, Our World
Many of us hold our relationships with family and friends so deep and dear that we may not even be aware of the undercurrents created by money.
In your relationships, is money used to wield power or to empower your life together? Are financial decisions a source of friction or collaboration? Is money a way of keeping score in your relationships or a tool for faithful action in the world?
Our guest today, Killian Noe, has seen the range of money dynamics in her work as pastor, fundraiser, and spiritual guide.
Killian believes we can recognize the money dynamics in our relationships, change them if we need to, and use those healthy frameworks to relate more fully in ways that break isolation, bring healing, and create community-- not only in our own families, but in the larger world, as well.
The Church and Money: Let's Talk
Money is so important in our lives as God’s people that it is the second most frequently mentioned theme in the Bible.
Our fundamental understanding of God’s abundance and of our own sufficiency is ultimately a spiritual issue. Faithful money decisions can strengthen our family relationships, empower us to share our resources with others, and free us to live out God’s call on our lives.
And yet most of us who go to church hear little or nothing about money there unless the church is raising money for next year’s budget or a new capital campaign. What’s up with that? How can the church be so silent on such an important issue?
Our guests today, Rev. Roy Howard and Rev. Kim McDowell, are pastors of churches that have moved out of the silence to actually talk about money. Perhaps their stories will inspire you and your local faith community to step out into this vital realm of our spiritual journey.