Our relationship with money both reflects and shapes who we are, what we value, how we live, and even our faith. Yet we often go about life not connecting the material with the spiritual. That disconnect can leave us feeling trapped in our money choices and leaves us separated from God and God’s community. How can we make the connection? It starts with understanding our relationship to money. This show features two guests who are sharing their stories of deep satisfaction and struggle as they have explored the connections between money and faith for much of their lives. In addition, we will introduce you to a powerful tool that you can use to better understand your relationship to money. Does money affect your self-esteem? Does it affect your family life? Does it control you? Do you use money to control others? How we earn, spend, share, and invest our money matters as we try to live a life of faith. Join us as we begin to make the connection.
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.
Betsy Edmonds is author of the upcoming book “From Generation to Generation,” about the process of passing wealth from one generation to the next so that the wealth is a blessing rather than a curse. A long-time board member for Faith and Money Network, Betsy is a graduate of the University of Alabama and holds a masters degree in adult education from George Washington University. She is among the leaders of the Pathways worshipping and serving community in Washington, DC.