Who We Are

W&M is a web of people of wealth who seek to align the flow of their financial resources with the Holy Spirit in service of Divine Love and Justice. Our work is rooted in ancient Christian traditions, contemplative and prophetic, and modern social movements for justice.

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What We Do

We offer multi-day retreats and one-day workshops during which we share our money stories with courage and compassion and explore the intersections of spiritual wisdom and social justice. We also share what we are learning through writing, speaking, blogging and newsletters.

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How We Do It

We draw our practices from Wisdom Christianity and modern social movements for justice. These practices support inner transformation and allow us to follow our deepest inner promptings into real-world action.

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Personal Stories

“One of my mantras from Tilden Edwards is “money is an icon and an energy of God that we are called to circulate with joy.” In our society money has become an idol.  To call it an icon means it is a portal for the energy and love of God to move into the world.  I am not just holding that as an abstract idea.  The ability to say I want to give $50,000 to this hospital has created so much joy in me.  And it has created so much joy in the people who are receiving it.”

“The day I left Haiti, I got on a 90-minute flight to Miami. From there I caught a three-hour flight to New York and then drove two hours to my family’s summer home in the Hamptons, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country. In one day, in other words, I went from one of the poorest areas of the Western Hemisphere to one of the richest. It was disorienting and disturbing to realize where I stood in the global family. What could I do?”

“Our retreat group was thinking about funding a micro business in Rwanda. I said that someone had to put in the seed money. Helen and I decided that we would be the seed money. That was the beginning.  It was so freeing.  It was so easy.  It had nothing to do with what I gave; it was the gift that I received. The gift was fully coming from the Christ within me. The part of me that said, “you don’t have enough, be careful” felt safe through the incredible love of Christ.”

“I had been an investment banker and started thinking about the meaning of my work and the purpose of all the money that was being processed. I wondered, “What impact does all this money have in people’s lives?” I ended up having a mystical experience while praying on the subway which jarred me into realizing that I needed to answer the love that I was receiving from God in even more meaningful ways than I was.”

Upcoming Events

April House Gathering: Introduction

April 5, 2018 — April 5, 2018

Cambridge, MA

Thursday, April 5 – Steven Bonsey will host an evening gathering at his home in Cambridge with a light supper.  He will make a general presentation introducing the work of W&M, this time with a special emphasis on engagement with impact investing.

This gathering is meant for new folks in our network who may be considering joining one of our W&M Circles for people who know themselves to have “more than enough” financial wealth.  Existing members of our network are also invited to come share something of their experience.

Workshop: Introduction to Wisdom Christianity

April 7, 2018 — April 7, 2018

Cathedral Church of St Paul

Saturday, April 7 – Steven Bonsey will present a half-day (morning) teaching workshop at the Cathedral Church of St Paul, in partnership with Contemplative Outreach of Boston.  This “Introduction to Wisdom Christianity” will feature both a practical and conceptual introduction to the contemplative practices that are part of our work in Wisdom & Money.  The workshop is open to all free of charge, with donations accepted to cover the costs of light refreshments.

Retreat: Working with Money as a Spiritual Practice

May 31, 2018 — June 3, 2018

Bethany House of Prayer in Arlington, MA

This 3-night retreat at Bethany House of Prayer in Arlington will offer a deeper experience of the contemplative practices and money conversations that comprise the work of Wisdom & Money Circles.  This retreat may serve as an on-ramp for those who wish to join a bounded Circle; it may also serve as a valuable stand-alone experience.  This retreat is meant for those who know themselves to have “more than enough” financial wealth.

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