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Faith and Money: Making the Connection

Mike Little

Many people of faith in today’s economy are searching for meaning beyond their work and consumption. We need deep, healthy relationships undistorted by money. We would treasure a sustainable economy that supports all people as well as our planet. But so often it seems that money rules the world and rules our lives. How do we live as people of God in this time, in this economy? In “Faith and Money: Making the Connection,” we will explore the many aspects of our relationship with money within the grounding of our faith. We will share tools that empower you to get in touch with your money beliefs and choices. A wide range of guests will probe the deep and necessary questions. How do we spend wisely? How do we give and invest our money to make a difference in the world? How do we deal with our fear of never having enough? How do we give our families what they truly need? In short, how do we transform our relationship to money to be true to our calling as people of God?

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The money we don't give away
Mar 31 2014
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.
The money we don't give away
Mar 31 2014
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
Mar 24 2014
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. Do we even recognize how our relationship to money is an obstacle to living in more just and sustainable ways? 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
Mar 17 2014
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 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?
Mar 10 2014
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
Mar 3 2014
Money and Relationships: Our Home, Our World
Many of us hold our relationships with family and friends as among the most precious parts of our lives, 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 money 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 been aware and intentional about money in her own relationships and 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 joy and create community, not only in our own families but in the larger world, as well.
The Church and Money: Lets Talk
Feb 24 2014
The Church and Money: Lets 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.
Security and Faith: How Much is Enough?
Feb 17 2014
Security and Faith: How Much is Enough?
If we talk about money long enough, most of us hit a sore spot, an idea that feels threatening in our core, and we spin into “what if” territory. “What if there’s not enough to take care of my family? What if one of us gets really sick? What if I’m poor when I’m old?” The potential scenarios are endless, and our fear can be enormous, but that fear points us to a central connection between faith and money: Where do we find our security--our deep-down, gut level sense of security? What helps us feel safe enough to live out God’s call in our lives? We don’t have a one-size-fits-all answer for you, as much as we all might like to have one, but our guests are here to help us think through the questions. Elizabeth McMeekin and Phil Moses will share their challenges of raising three children, helping with elder parents, planning for their own older years, and responding to their call to live simply. Please join us as we explore this central connection between our faith and our money.
Special Encore Presentation: Connecting Faith and Money The Biblical Vision
Feb 10 2014
Special Encore Presentation: Connecting Faith and Money The Biblical Vision
We may try to separate money and faith in our lives, but the Bible will have none of that. Money themes are woven throughout the Bible. In both the Old and New Testaments, we have lessons and stories, parables and prophecies about living together in God’s economy of enough for all. In this week’s show, let’s begin to recover what God has provided in the Scriptures. Activist, theologian and popular educator Ched Myers will share his thoughtful and challenging insights into the Bible’s instructions around money. And we will hear examples of people who are, today, taking these biblical instructions to heart in their daily lives. These biblical foundations will provide solid footing as we continue to make the connection between our money and our faith.
The Joy of Giving
Feb 3 2014
The Joy of Giving
Are you someone who easily gives away money and time? If you are, then congratulations, you have already discovered the joy of giving. For the rest of us, giving can be tough—-evoking our anxiety about not having enough for ourselves or rankling against our sense of merit—-I earned this and this is mine. But the biblical story rings with the message that we need to give. And at least half of that need is our own. Giving to others reminds us that everything is a gift from God and therefore not really ours to hold on to forever. Giving-—and receiving--move us from isolation to a deep sense of community and nourish a life-freeing recognition that we have enough, we are enough, and that in God’s economy, there is enough for everyone. Our guests today, Judy and David Osgood, have cultivated a genuine joy in giving and have given enough of themselves and of their money to make a significant difference in many people’s lives. Join us as we hear their remarkable witness to the joy of giving.
When Privilege becomes a Prison
Jan 27 2014
When Privilege becomes a Prison
Are we people of privilege? Jesus himself defines those with the upper hand as the rich, the well-fed, the carefree, and the well-respected. But aren’t those things we strive for—a good bank balance, a good dinner, a good name? Why would Jesus say Woe to you about that? Because that privilege can be our prison, locking us away from God and God’s people and even from our own hearts. Our guest, psychologist William Miller, names the four prison walls as greed, anxiety, envy and entitlement, painful symptoms of living outside God’s economy of enough for all. But each of these prison walls has an antidote, a key to the prison door, as Dr. Miller will help us discover during this program. Then Dale Stitt—who has been working for decades with people linking their faith and their money--will share some rich stories of prison breaks, illustrating for us how to live more freely and fully as the people of God.
Escaping the work more, spend more cycle
Jan 20 2014
Escaping the work more, spend more cycle
Are you weary of the frenzy of producing and consuming? The endless cycle of work-more-spend-more is exhausting, but even when we want to escape the cycle, it can seem impossible. In this week’s program, we are moving further into the practical aspects of connecting our money and our faith. Pastor Matthew Colwell will show us why and how to slow our lives down a bit and remember who we are and whose we are. Then Angela Lincoln and Tim Darst will share their story of choosing to consume less than is typical in the U.S., opening a full and faithful life for themselves and their daughters. Through their story, we can begin to see the advantages of being thoughtful consumers, knowing that how we live affects other people and the planet, and how conscious consumption choices can free us to enlarge our mission and impact in the world. Please join us as we continue to make the connection between our faith and our money.
Connecting Faith and Money The Biblical Vision
Jan 13 2014
Connecting Faith and Money The Biblical Vision
We may try to separate money and faith in our lives, but the Bible will have none of that. Money themes are woven throughout the Bible. In both the Old and New Testaments, we have lessons and stories, parables and prophecies about living together in God’s economy of enough for all. In this week’s show, let’s begin to recover what God has provided in the Scriptures. Activist, theologian and popular educator Ched Myers will share his thoughtful and challenging insights into the Bible’s instructions around money. And we will hear examples of people who are, today, taking these biblical instructions to heart in their daily lives. These biblical foundations will provide solid footing as we continue to make the connection between our money and our faith.
Faith and Money: Making the Connection Monday, January 6, 2014
Jan 6 2014
Faith and Money: Making the Connection Monday, January 6, 2014
Our relationship with money both reflects and shapes who we are, what we value, how we live, and even our faith. Yet we often go about life not connecting the material with the spiritual. That disconnect can leave us feeling trapped in our money choices and leaves us separated from God and God's community. How can we make the connection? It starts with understanding our relationship to money. This week's show features two guests who are sharing their stories of deep satisfaction and struggle as they have explored the connections between money and faith for much of their lives. In addition, we will introduce you to a powerful tool that you can use to better understand your relationship to money. Does money affect your self-esteem? Does it affect your family life? Does it control you? Do you use money to control others? How we earn, spend, share, and invest our money matters as we try to live a life of faith. Join us as we begin to make the connection.