More Than Money
Issue #17

Cross-Class Relationships

Table of Contents



  • Healing Into Action: A Leadership Guide for Creating Diverse Communities by Cherie Brown and George Mazza. (Washington, DC: National Coalition Building Institute, 1997.) Offers simple, common-sense principles for building relationships across race, class, ethnicity, and gender.
  • Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class by Barbara Ehrenreich. (N.Y.: HarperCollins, 1989.) An insightful book that examines the insecurities of the middle class in the United States.
  • The American Class Structure: A New Synthesis by Dennis Gilbert and Joseph Kahl. Fifth Edition. (New York: Wadsworth, 1997.) A scholarly, but accessible and dynamic analysis of the U.S. class system.
  • Money and Class in America : Notes and Observations on Our Civil Religion by Lewis Lapham. (New York: Weidenfeld, 1988.) A witty, satiric analysis of wealth in the American imagination.
  • "Money and the Shape of Things" by Minnie Bruce Pratt in Rebellion: Essays 1980-1991 (Ithaca, NY: Firebrand, 1991.) A moving autobiographical essay and critique of the impact of class.
  • Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing by Linda Stout. (Boston: Beacon, 1996.) A personal story of building multi-class community organizations based on partnership, not paternalism.
  • United Nations Development Report , 1996 An analysis of the state of the world, and impact of the growing global disparity of rich and poor.
  • "Coming Out About Money: Cost Sharing Across Class Lines" by Felice Yeskel in Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Our Friends (Spring/Summer 1992.) Explains how groups can explore their class backgrounds and share conference costs more equitably.


  • Diversity (and Class) Awareness Training: Several agencies and trainers do consulting and workshops for individuals, nonprofits, universities, government, and businesses, to increase understanding and sensitivity in addressing human relations relating to class and other social barriers.

Diversity Works
Box 2335
Amherst, MA 01004

National Coalition Building Institute
1835 K St. N.W. Suite 715
Washington, D.C. 20006

  • Re-evaluation Co-counseling (RC): Teaches listening skills that can enrich all areas of life. Besides teaching a method of peer counseling used by hundreds of thousands world-wide, RC also offers a variety of journals and support groups including ones specifically for people from certain class backgrounds (e.g., working class, middle class, and owning class). RC also focuses on how to be strong allies to people from other classes.

Re-evaluation Counseling Communities
719 2nd Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98109

  • Ministry of Money: A Christian ministry for people with wealth seeking to live with greater justice in relation to their money. One of the Ministry's major programs is leading third world pilgrimages to provide wealthy Christians with life-changing, "hands on" involvement with the poor in places such as Haiti, Ethiopia, and Bosnia. Another program, Women's Perspective, runs cross-class workshops in the United States.

Ministry of Money
2 Professional Drive, #220
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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