Jubilee Centre Conference Saturday 22nd September, 2012
Posted: 3 July 2012
Two half-day conferences with Paul Mills, Michael Schluter & Keith Tondeur
With guest entrepreneur Matthew Gray
22nd September 2012 at Christ Church, Cambridge CB1 1HT
What light does the Bible cast on the present financial system with its mountains of debt and crises of confidence? If the global financial system is being shaken to the core, especially in the Eurozone, what alternatives might emerge? These big picture issues are the theme of the morning conference.
The afternoon conference considers how Christians could respond to the financial crisis at the personal and local church level, and how we might be salt and light to others in a threatening economic climate, demonstrating courage and faith. A major new relational model for funding house purchases, avoiding going into debt, will be introduced as an innovative response.
The two conferences together will equip leaders in the church or workplace to grapple with the questions raised by the present crisis through biblical thinking and missional responses.
"After Capitalism: Rethinking Economic Relationships" (9am - 12.30pm)
A lost decade 2010-20? The financial crisis and the choices ahead
Dr Paul Mills, senior economist with a global financial institution, will explore the causes and consequences of the economic crisis in the Eurozone and Britain; he will outline how we can think biblically about these macro issues and understand what needs to change.
Economic renewal: building a relational economy
Dr Michael Schluter CBE, former economics consultant to the World Bank, will lay out an alternative approach to finance, based on the central biblical theme of right relationships.
"Courageous Stewardship: managing money in turbulent times" (1.45pm - 4.45pm)
The debt-free RISER: a new method of house purchase
Matthew Gray, a Financial Advisor and church leader, has developed a relational alternative to a mortgage for house buyers and investors. He will explain how it works and the difference it can make to Christian families, local investors and churches, thereby providing an example for wider society.
Hope in dark times - avoiding financial upheaval
Keith Tondeur OBE, President and Founder of the financial education charity Credit Action, will demonstrate biblical, practical steps that all Christians can take to be good financial stewards and also show what churches can do to reach out in to their communities by giving help to those in debt or struggling with redundancy.
The speakers from both morning and afternoon conferences will respond to a range of questions from the participants, including issues such as student loans, ethical investment, pensions and relational finance.
The Panel Discussion will help you not only develop your own stewardship but also provide ideas and inspiration for reaching out to your networks and communities to help people with financial concerns or struggles, showing God's compassion, grace and wisdom.
The conferences are free, and a collection will be taken on the day to help cover costs. Participants may attend either the morning conference, the afternoon conference, or come for the whole day (please bring your own lunch). For any enquiries please contact us by email or phone (01223 566319).
It would be most helpful if you indicated whether you hope to come by dropping us an email.