To mark the publication of the report “Public Faith and Finance: Faith responses to the financial crisis”, a policy roundtable discussion was held on 14 July with the APPG on Faith and Society, chaired by the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, with a response from Steve Double MP.
A new report from the University of Bristol on Public Faith and Finance highlights the role and contributions of faith organisations in responding to the financial crisis and austerity politics.
The Faith and Finance Fair, hosted by the University of Bristol, Public Spirit and FaithAction will bring together faith-based and community organisations, researchers and others to share information that can help boost social action and shape local delivery. 11 July 2016, Woburn House Conference Centre, London, WC1H 9HQ
Drawing on preliminary results from Faith and Finance Survey, we are uncovering a variety of ways in which faith-based organisations and charities are making a significant contribution to alleviating poverty, tackling financial exclusion and advocating ethical products and interest-free forms of credit.
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Public Spirit and the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity & Citizenship are delighted to announce the launch of our new project on ‘Public Faith and Finance’, investigating the role of faith-based organisations in developing sustainable and ethical alternatives to market-based finance.
Looking at the role of Black Majority Churches in tackling debt and poverty among marginalised communities, Reddie argues there has been a ‘step-change’ in Black socio-political engagement – particularly manifested in the Black Church Manifesto, which seeks to move beyond offering ‘tea and sympathy’.
The economic impact of faith in the UK must be huge. Why are we reluctant to study it?
FRANCIS DAVIS: To challenge payday lenders, religious groups must focus on details rather than talking in general concepts.
LIZ CARNELLEY: In 2013 Public Spirit hosted a debate on the question: ‘Can public faith help rebuild the link between morality and markets?’ In this response, Liz Carnelley of CUF argues that faith groups need to be more vocal about what they believe, and be more collaborative to challenge a ‘culture of acquisition’.