Finding Yourself at ERUUF
Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money. — Voltaire
Money plays a role in nearly every aspect of our lives. For better or for worse, it connects us to one another. Depending on how we approach and understand it, our relationship with money can enhance or limit our ability to live our lives to the fullest. Over time, most of us dedicate a significant part of our lives to earning money. We use significant energy planning and worrying about both the money we have and the money we don’t have. We agonize over how to plan for the future and how to use money to support what we care most about. We use money to respond with compassion to events in the world, to advance causes we believe in, and to support justice-making efforts. We engage in—or avoid engaging in—money conversations with those close to us and with fellow travelers in the groups and communities of which we are a part.
While money is pervasive in our day-to-day existence, it often receives little attention in our religious lives. It is not easy to talk about money, because money is entangled with our sense of self, our wants and aspirations, and our challenges and disappointments. It has complicated social dimensions and dynamics.
In this program, participants join together to give this important aspect of our lives due attention in a religious community. The heart of this program is an exploration of the relationship between money and spiritual values, specifically our Unitarian Universalist values. As religious people, we have much to gain by making money part of an intentional, covenanted, and faithful conversation together. Through the Wi$dom Path program, participants can come to know more fully their own hearts and their own stories and make explicit the values that undergird their financial practices. Participants’ investigation of money from many angles and perspectives opens the way for money to become less troublesome in day-to-day life and more useful as a practical, life-giving tool.
Participants explore ways to make real, meaningful changes that bring their financial lives into better alignment with spiritual commitments and Unitarian Universalist values. They become better equipped to live into spiritual lives that are more full and are supported, rather than hindered, by financial realities and possibilities. Talking about money in an intentional way, exploring this part of our lives in a faith community, invites participants to become more grounded, skilled, and powerful in negotiating financial challenges and changes, not only in their personal lives but also in their work for economic health and justice in neighborhoods, communities, our nation, and our world.
The sessions of Wi$dom Path will be presented in three sections over a period of 18 months:
Workshops 1-3: Money and Self Participants build awareness of their own “money story” and explore their own attitudes and experiences with money.
Workshops 4-7: Money and Society Participants explore the ways in which money connects us with others, including issues of classism and economic justice as well as money issues in congregational life.
Workshops 8-12: Money, Spirit, and Life Participants delve into ways to align faith, values, and a sense of a life calling with their financial ways of being.
Source: From The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit and Life, An Adult Tapestry of Faith Program of the Unitarian Universalist Association