KidSpirit’s mission has always been to support conversation about faith and values among young people. This new column offers teens a specific forum in which to share their backgrounds and learn from their peers about how people of different faith traditions approach similar life questions. In each issue, KidSpirit’s youth-led Editorial Board will choose a question for the Interfaith Connections column that relates to its quarterly theme, and invite three writers to respond from their own perspectives. Each article will be published monthly, presenting readers with a variety of views on the same central topic. The new column will connect youth from diverse faith backgrounds, including those of mixed faiths or no faith, and stimulate constructive conversation.
For this fall’s issue, “Money and Value,” the KidSpirit Editorial Board asks its Interfaith Connections writers to consider how the values of their faith or wisdom tradition affect their views on money. The first contribution is by a Hindu-Buddhist teen in New Jersey, and follows her personal discovery of the Bhagavad Gita’s answers to this provocative question.
The rest of the issue presents a panoply of young voices on the topic of money and how we create value. In the Big Question, one writer muses on the question “Can money buy true happiness?” In the first feature published in September, a teen from San Jose, California, takes up the challenge of not spending money for one week. In Awesome Moments, a Chinese writer describes a life-changing experience sending money to a needy family from a rural part of her country. On October 15th, Lynne Twist, renowned fundraising consultant and best-selling author of The Soul of Money, contributes a PerSpectives column with her unique view about our relationship to money.
KidSpirit invites teens, teachers and youth workers to contact the magazine if they are interested in contributing to the new Interfaith Connections column or to other magazine departments. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.