Money and Relationships: Our Home, Our World

March 3, 2014
Hosted by Mike Little

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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.

Faith and Money: Making the Connection

Faith and Money: Making the Connection

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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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Mike Little

Mike Little

Mike Little leads the inward and outward work of Faith and Money Network as director. Within the network, Mike fosters relationships with individuals and churches, leading reflections and discussions on the role of money in our lives as people of faith and in our work as the community of faith. He is building a range of resources that you can use to explore spirituality and money.

Mike serves as the lead money mentor, listening to and accompanying individuals who want to deepen their understanding of how money shapes their lives and take actions consistent with that depth of understanding. His Facebook posts and e-mail newsletters keep members up- to-date on relevant news and what he and other people are writing and thinking about faith and money issues. Mike also broadens the discussion into new places. He preaches and teaches in churches throughout the US and Canada, helping them figure out a new definition of stewardship, not as a fundraising campaign but as a way of life.

Since he began as director in 2007, Mike has led trips of perspective in Haiti, India, Nicaragua, and the US. Mike has consulted extensively with nonprofits to help them clarify the role of money in their personal and organizational lives and develop the spiritual grounding to raise money to fund their missions. Mike has a life-long commitment to Christ-centered, justice-seeking movements for social change. He lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and two children.

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Episode Directory

March 2014

  • 3/31/2014: The money we don't give away Listen Now
  • 3/24/2014: Stewards of God's Creation: Connecting Faith and Money Listen Now
  • 3/17/2014: Seeing Through New Eyes: Trips of Perspective Listen Now
  • 3/10/2014: Kids and Money: Mom, Can I Get That? Listen Now
  • 3/3/2014: Money and Relationships: Our Home, Our World Listen Now

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January 2014

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Frank Butler

A chemical engineer, Frank Butler has worked in a range of business roles that culminated with the presidency of Eastman Gelatin Co., in Peabody, MA, and the national presidency of the Gelatin Manufacturers Institute of America. His business success never swayed him from Jesus' teachings about material goods and servanthood, and he and his wife, Ruth, have lived lives of material simplicity and generosity of time and money. Frank is a long-time board member of Faith and Money Network and has contributed his insights and time to many other organizations, including Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, Responsible Wealth, and Faith at Work. View Guest page

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Matthew Colwell

Matthew Colwell currently serves as pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, CA. He is the author of Sabbath Economics: Household Practices, a multi-faceted guide to living out the biblical vision of God’s economy today. A former auto mechanic and teacher at Fuller Theological Seminary, Colwell has spoken around the country on immigration, biblical economics, spiritual practices and church revitalization. View Guest page

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Tim Darst

Over their 20-year marriage, Angela Lincoln and Tim Darst have intentionally chosen to consume less than is typical in the U.S., reducing their stress, shaping their parenting, increasing their joy, and freeing them to work part-time at jobs that significantly contribute to their community and the world. Angela teaches theology at a Louisville, KY, Catholic girls’ high school. Tim is executive director of Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that mobilizes a religious response to climate change. View Guest page

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Rev. Jean Luc "Djalòki" Dessables

Rev. Jean Luc "Djalòki" Dessables is an ordained Interfaith Minister, a cross-cultural consultant, and an engineer who leads Trips of Perspective for Faith and Money Network to his home country of Ayiti (the Creole name of Haiti). His life call is to contribute to a sustainable global society showing reverence for the mystery of life and valuing collective intelligence. Djalòki navigates through linguistics, quantum physics and interfaith spirituality to promote global mending and evolution through honest exchange between all cultures and systems of knowledge, both modern and traditional. He is founder and President of Konesans Consulting, which provides international cross-cultural education and consulting to educational, religious, for-profit, and non-profit institutions. Djaloki currently resides in Washington, DC. View Guest page

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Betsy Edmonds

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Brian Higgins

Motivated by his faith commitments, Brian Higgins continuously explores new ways to reduce his carbon footprint. Brian and his wife heat their home with corn, fuel their car with vegetable oil, lease solar panels, grow a 1,000 square-foot garden on their home’s small urban lot, and much more, teaching their young daughter and having fun creating a more sustainable life. He walks to his job as a psychiatric social worker at a Takoma Park, MD, hospital. View Guest page

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Rev. Roy Howard

Rev. Roy Howard keeps money discussions open as pastor of St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, MD. His broad range of church and community service includes gun violence prevention and a decade of leadership in Jewish-Christian dialogue in the Washington, DC, area. He has led mission trips to Haiti, Israel and Mexico, as well as groups of pastors seeking to strengthen their leadership skills. A long-distance runner and avid hiker, Rev. Howard also facilitates an annual pastor-theologian seminar in CO for hiking and theological reflection. He and his wife have two grown daughters. View Guest page

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Andy R. Loving

Andy R. Loving is a national expert in community investing and has won multiple awards for the many ways he helps people move money into financial institutions that serve poor people domestically and around the world. Professionally a financial advisor, Andy has been a lifelong social activist, working on behalf of poor people and communities and organizing middle- and upper-class U.S. Americans to work for justice through their finances. View Guest page

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Jim Marsh, Jr.

Jim Marsh, Jr., puts his faith, values and money to work through community and socially screened investments. Still a board member of a family-owned furniture company in his home state of NC, Jim is a child and adolescent psychotherapist in the Washington, DC, area and works with inner-city teenage boys in a Rites of Passage program. An ordained United Methodist Minister, Jim has a strong calling to help guide and inspire people to find their true voice and true self. View Guest page

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Rev. Kim McDowell

Rev. Kim McDowell is the pastor of the University Park Church of the Brethren in University Park, MD. Prior to coming to Maryland, she served congregations in New York and Indiana, and also worked as a hospital chaplain. She has been active in regional and denominational life, is a board member of two small nonprofit peace- and justice-related organizations, and is a trustee at Juniata College. She and her husband, Hooker Monroe, have two daughters, one a senior in high school, the other in Brethren Volunteer Service in Northern Ireland. View Guest page

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Elizabeth McMeekin

Married for 24 years, Elizabeth McMeekin and Phil Moses have been living, working and raising three children in Takoma Park, MD, for the past 17 years after having worked in Nicaragua for six years with the Mennonite Central Committee. Elizabeth currently works with a small community-based organization that helps groups of low-income residents in the Silver Spring area organize for their mutual support. Phil has worked on health-related projects in the US, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. As parents of three teenagers, they are challenged with the tensions of addressing the needs and expectations related to raising and educating their children, the needs of elder parents, the prospects of planning for their own older years, and their call to live simply. View Guest page

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William R. Miller, Ph.D.

William R. Miller, Ph.D. is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. An ordained Presbyterian elder and deacon, he has been broadly interested in the psychology of change and the interface of spirituality and psychology. He is the original developer of the counseling method of motivational interviewing, and has published over 40 books and 400 articles focusing in particular on the prevention and treatment of addictions. View Guest page

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Kim Montroll

Kim Montroll leads Trips of Perspective for Faith and Money Network, and has lived in Haiti. She works as a fundraiser, and encourages and accompanies individuals and organizations in fostering the inward and outward practices and organizational structures needed to bring visions to action for a more just and loving world. Kim is on the board of Life Asset, providing financial services and micro-loans for unbanked and under-banked entrepreneurs in Washington, DC, and with the Berson Demosthène Desir Foundation founded in rural Lazil, Haiti for health, education and spiritual thriving of community. A part of ecumenical faith community in the tradition of Church of the Saviour in DC, Kim helps build mutually healing relationships that bridge economic, cultural and faith tradition gaps as the path to larger systems change. View Guest page

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Phil Moses

Married for 24 years, Elizabeth McMeekin and Phil Moses have been living, working and raising three children in Takoma Park, MD, for the past 17 years after having worked in Nicaragua for six years with the Mennonite Central Committee. Elizabeth currently works with a small community-based organization that helps groups of low-income residents in the Silver Spring area organize for their mutual support. Phil has worked on health-related projects in the US, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. As parents of three teenagers, they are challenged with the tensions of addressing the needs and expectations related to raising and educating their children, the needs of elder parents, the prospects of planning for their own older years, and their call to live simply. View Guest page

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Ched Myers

Ched Myers is an activist, theologian and popular educator who animates scripture and issues of faith-based peace and justice. Ched writes prolifically, leads retreats and seminars, preaches and teaches and facilitates gatherings, partnering with a variety of theological and social justice organizations over the past 40 years. You can learn more about him at www.chedmyers.org View Guest page

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Killian Noe

Killian Noe founded the Recovery Café, a therapeutic community for men and women recovering from homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges, in 2003, filling a gap of services in Seattle for those between treatment and stable housing. Earlier, she co-founded and directed Samaritan Inns, intensive transitional and healing communities for people recovering from homelessness and addiction, in Washington, DC. Noe is pastor and founder of New Creations in Seattle, an ecumenical faith community committed to contemplation and action, in the tradition of Church of the Saviour in DC. A life-long student of the intentional community, Noe has travelled to study with communities in India, Nicargua, France, and Asia. Noe is the recipient of the 2012 Seattle University Red Winged Leadership Award and a 2007 Thomas C. Wales Foundation Honoree. She is the author of Our Way Home: Addictions and Divine Love (2001) and a 1998 Distinguished Alumni of Yale Divinity School. View Guest page

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Joelle Novey

Joelle Novey directs Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), which supports hundreds of congregations of all faith traditions, across Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia, in saving energy, going green, and responding to climate change: www.gwipl.org. She speaks widely about the role of religious communities in addressing climate change. View Guest page

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Dave and Judy Osgood

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Dale Stitt

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Dr. Susan K. Taylor

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