Kids and Money: Mom, Can I Get That?
March 10, 2014
Hosted by Mike Little
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.
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?
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.