Who We Are
Faith and Money Network equips people to transform their relationship with money, to live with integrity and intentionality, and to participate in creating a more equitable world.
Many people of faith in today’s economy are searching for meaning beyond their work and consumption, for deeper relationships, for a part in a more sustainable economy that supports all people as well as our planet. Faith and Money Network equips people to explore the many aspects of their relationship with money within the grounding of their faith.
At the core of Faith and Money Network events is the space and freedom to ask questions and find one’s own answers. Our programs create an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality that empowers people to get in touch with their beliefs, attitudes, and actions regarding money. Whether in a workshop setting or on a Trip of Perspective, people at a Faith and Money Network event can engage with experienced, faithful leaders and other thoughtful participants around the deep issues of money and faith.
We do this by exploring our relationship to money in terms of biblical, social, environmental and economic justice dimensions, so that we may openly discuss and confront the power of money in our lives and relationships.
Faith and Money Network began its work more than 30 years ago as Ministry of Money. Founder Don McClanen recognized the relationship between money and fear and anger, and he realized that few people addressed these problems from the perspective of their faith. As a first step, Don recruited his mission group within the Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC, to spend a year working with money. The mission group members reported becoming freer from anxiety about their financial situations and freer to use their money creatively. Based on this experience, the first Ministry of Money workshop was held in 1976.
Hundreds of faith and money workshops have been held since then, providing time, community and resources for thousands of people of faith to explore their relationship with money from the roots of their spiritual beliefs and values.
Pilgrimages of reverse mission began in the late 1980s, taking small groups of people to places of economic poverty from India to Palestine to Haiti to experience how some communities live in great faith though in few financial resources.
At least two groups have spun off from Ministry of Money. Don McClanen formed Harvest Time, answering a call to work specifically with the very wealthy. The Women’s Perspective began within Ministry of Money in the late 1980s, and in early 2001 became an independent nonprofit to provide education for women seeking to understand their spiritual and economic power.
After more than 30 years of faithful work, Ministry of Money changed its name to Faith and Money Network. This new name inspires and guides our vision to equip people to transform their relationship with money, to live with integrity and intentionality, and to participate in creating a more equitable world.
Faith and Money Network BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Frank Butler, Emeritus Member
Rev. Roger Desir
Centre Anglican d’Haiti
Betsy Grooms Edmonds
Robert Hadley, Secretary
Kaci Jensen, Treasurer
Jim Marsh Jr.
Judy Osgood, Vice-President
Rev. Kelvin Sauls
New York, NY 10115
Silver Spring, MD
Paul Taylor, President
Fair Oaks, CA