Money and the Soul Talk: London, UK

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Money and the Soul Talk: London, UK

November 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Monday, Nov. 16th, 2015 (7-9:30pm)
Stephen Jenkinson - Money And The Souls Desires
Online advance ticket purchase link here.
Cash accepted at the door, space permitting.
Location: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square in Holborn, central London, WC1R 4RL


Money rarely gets the attention it deserves from us.
Not ‘how to get more’, not even, in these trying ties, ‘how to keep what you have’. Instead: What does money do to us? What is its power? And from whence comes the seemingly insoluble wedge that divides money matters from matters of the spirit and heart? This book is a meditation that brings the quietly tortured relationship we have with money up into the light, where it belongs, the first mandatory step in redeeming the personal and cultural amnesia which accrues to money, the first step to a principled sanity and soulful skill where money is concerned.

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW is an author, activist and teacher based in Ontario, Canada.  He has a master’s degree in theology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Toronto.  He is known internationally for his work as a counsellor to dying people and a consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations, having worked as a programme director in a major Canadian hospital, assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school and educator and advocate in the helping professions.  He is the author of several books and the subject of the documentary film Griefwalker (National Film Board of Canada, 2008), a scripturally poetic, visually lush, stirring lyrical portrait of his work with dying people.  He is the founder of The Orphan Wisdom School in Canada.

Jenkinson’s ‘Money and the Soul’s Desires‘ was first released in 2002 and is again available in printed form.  Using the poetic sensibility of a storyteller, the author approaches the study of money and its meaning in our lives by making a language for questions such as: What is the origin of the dread so many of us experience in money matters? Where does money get its power to provoke conflict and discord? Is it even possible to live a soulful, authentic life in the presence of money?

Thoroughly researched and backed by Jenkinson’s considerable erudition, the book will appeal to those who have devoted considerable time to the study of money through their work in academia, finance​ or the counselling professions, while remaining accessible to the layman. Tracing the etymology of money-related terms and their roots in historical and theological sources, Jenkinson undertakes a wide-ranging cultural archaeology that begins to reveal some of the unquestioned values and beliefs that underpin our dealings with money today in the West.  The author uses examples from the gifting economies of indigenous​ Canadian​ cultures to challenge universalist thinking about money.  In reference to his counselling work, he draws links between the personal and the cultural, reflecting on the role that money plays in families, in the relationships​ between men and women,​ and between the generations.  Dealing with such a breadth of topics, Jenkinson makes a persuasive case for the need to thoroughly engage with money as a cultural imperative.

Consider attending the weekend teaching in Dorking Nov 27-29th: DIE WISE MAKING MEANING OF THE ENDING OF DAYS


November 16, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Event Category:


Orphan Wisdom


Conway Hall, Brockway Room
25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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