This is so weird. Twice now this year, I’ve gone to a church as a visitor and the topic was … being wise with money.
Anyway, when I was recently in Vancouver, I went to my radical and wonderful home parish in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the priest on deck for the homily, Jessica (yes, a woman priest, YAY and because it’s a High Anglican church it’s “Mother” Jessica), gave the homily, and I have to say it challenged this money coach.
It challenged me to make tithing a central aspect of my finances rather than a one-more-aspect. By that, I mean I want it to become my new barometer of my financial health. This is part of my re-invigorated money-coach-heal-thyself programme to which I committed.
Previous barometers were:
- ability to meet my monthly obligations
- building up a nest egg
- buying a home
- able to live a more luxurious lifestyle
- having savings for nice things
But I want a new barometer. I want my new barometer of financial success to be: Am I managing my finances in such a way that I can give 10% of it away? To organizations that feed the hungry? To organizations that advocate for structural change, social justice, so that folks aren’t hungry in the first place? To initiatives that will help the planet? And of course, to my parish which has been such a rich blessing to me over the years?
I don’t do that right now. I give a certain amount on a regular basis, and beyond that, on one-offs throughout the year. But I can, and desire to, make it a central aspect of my money management to give 10% away on a regular basis. If you want to listen to the homily – it’s about 6 minutes – it’s below. If you want just the key points, here they are:
1. Tithing is in response to a great vision, not a commandment
2. Occam’s Razor – the simplest model is probably the best one (10%)
3. Tithing can offer freedom from anxiety
4. It can invite God’s healing into our relationship with money
5. It’s a practice of gratitude
Photo Credit: More Good Foundation