Money used to be a taboo subject that people were reluctant to talk about. Now in the midst of a global financial crisis, it seems like everywhere you turn, someone is sharing his or her thoughts and feelings about money. Do I have enough? Do I give enough? Is it right to seek prosperity? How can I deal with my debts? What am I going to do about retirement? What is the role of thrift in my life? What are the best savings, spending, and charity strategies for these difficult times? What is the true meaning of wealth?
These questions and others come to mind when we start to seriously assess the place and importance of money in our lives. As Lynne Twist of The Soul of Money Institute has said, "Money is the most universally motivating, mischievous, miraculous, maligned, and misunderstood part of contemporary life."
We agree, and that is why we have created this e-course — Practicing Spirituality with Money. It looks at the attitudes toward money that we have picked up from our birth families, culture, and religious traditions. Some of us carry large burdens over having wasted, lost, or overvalued money, and we suggest ways to deal with that. Our beliefs, habits, and ideals about this medium of exchange say a lot about our deepest longings, fears, and expectations. When we consider our money, we come smack up against consumerism, shopping, and our craving for possessions and status. All that is grist for our reflections and practices.
Spiritual teachers from all the religions have plenty to say about alternatives to market values — simplicity, thrift, generosity, charity, sustainable living, gratitude, and more. They also suggest ways that money can be a carrier of our best intentions and a spur to love, commitment, and service. And best of all, they challenge us to do more spiritual practices organized around our use of money.
Practicing Spirituality with Money consists of 40 emails, each with a short excerpt from a spiritual book, along with a link to our review. We suggest a way for you to practice that thought as you go about your daily activities.
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
(choose your own start date and frequency)