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Posted on: August 15, 2020

As a community of faith, caring for our minds, bodies, and spirits in this time of pandemic is essential to partnering with God in living the abundant life that is promised to us in Christ. This pandemic has created significant anxiety and uncertainty for our country’s economic stability, and indeed, some of us are facing financial challenges due to this global catastrophe. Caring for our financial health as faithful individuals and as a Christian community is an important aspect of being trustworthy stewards of the gifts God has placed in our care. St. John’s Faith Formation Commission has curated a vibrant series – “A Wonder-Full Life: Integrating Money and Meaning” – to equip us with theological, spiritual, and practical resources to help us to care for our financial health and wellbeing.

Stories are the bedrock of our faith lives and this series engages us in the spiritual practice of Narrative Theology. Join us as we delve into the Holy Wisdom we find at the intersections of Holy Scripture, the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), and our own spiritual autobiographies. To get the most out of this series, we ask that you:

  1. Read the book, Integrating Money and Meaning: Practices of a Heart-Centered Life, copies of which will be available to pick up safely in St. John’s Little Free Library at the 60 Kent Street entrance.
  2. Watch the film, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).
  3. Show up on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings for small and large group conversations on Zoom.

Wednesday Sacred Conversations: Reflecting on Our Money Narratives

6:00-7:30pm on Zoom (Register here)

  • September 2: Narrative Theology in Film — It’s a Wonderful Life with the Rev. Barbara Mraz, Writer in Residence
  • September 9: Introduction — Why reflecting on our Money Narratives is essential to living meaningful, whole, and compassionate lives.
  • September 16: Looking Back — Money Memories and Our Emotional Relationship with Finances.
  • September 23: Looking In — Our Incarnational Faith and the Presence of Money in Our Christian Lives.
  • September 30: Looking Out — Practicing Gratitude, Wholehearted Wonder, and Generosity.

Sunday Faith Forum: Memories, Money, and Meaning

9:00-9:50am on Zoom (Register here)

On Sundays in September, join the authors of St. John’s Finance First Friday blogposts as they reflect on the theological significance of sharing their money narratives with our community of faith. What aspects of the authors’ stories intersect with your own money narrative and faith life? How do these intersecting narratives ground you in living a more wonder-full life?

  • September 6: Erin Weber-Johnson
  • September 13: Alice Lightner Johnson
  • September 20: Suzanne McInroy
  • September 27: Mary E. Johnson

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