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
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’.
JON CRUDDAS MP: On 23 October 2013 Public Spirit hosted a debate on the question: ‘Can public faith help rebuild the link between morality and markets?’ In this response, Jon Cruddas MP explains the influence religious groups have had on Labour party policies on subjects such as the living wage and payday lending.
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’.
LUKE BRETHERTON: To be a lender and a borrower is to be situated within economic relations of inter-dependence, cooperation and mutual responsibility. But the modern financial sector refuses to recognize human inter-dependence, seeing societies as a crowd of competitive individuals with no real connection or common life.
SELINA STONE AND TOM CHIGBO: The Just Money Campaign builds on the actions taken by Citizens UK in the aftermath of the financial crash of 2008. In this essay from ‘God and the Moneylenders’, two community organisers involved in the campaign describe its recent activities and its potential for further impact.
PHILIP KRINKS: My vision for a Christian social enterprise which would offer the financially vulnerable a fair alternative to exploitative lenders.
The Independent claims today that George Osborne’s decision to impose a cap on payday lending costs was taken to avert a parliamentary rebellion led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. It writes: Senior Conservatives were understood to have been fearful of losing a vote on a hostile amendment in the House of Lords on Tuesday which would have set a charge cap of 10 per cent on all short-term … Continued