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An Economy of Life

06 July 2017

An Economy of Life

Since January 2017, the Congregational Federation has been involved with an important project to reflect on and help to tackle the critical challenges of economic, social and ecological injustice. Your CF representatives for this work are Sara Iles, Ruairidh MacRae and Andrew Williams Tarling.

The European region of the Council for World Mission is linked with the Caribbean region for this project. The first collloquium took place in Jamaica earlier in 2017; the UK will host partners in September 2017 and in autumn 2018 the partners will meet in Guyana. The project is under the heading of a colloquium called New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) – what this means for us is how we tackle the… issues of economic and social inequality affect us all; the consequences of these injustices blight each and every one of us and communities! It is important that churches play a key role in tackling these issues, so every human can flourish with ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).

Extract from our first report - “We believe that inequality is itself a challenge to kingdom values and desire a structure that requires all the wealthy to be contributing to the good of the whole of society. We are scandalised that the wealth of the world’s 8 richest men is equivalent to the earnings of the 3.6 billion poorest persons in the world, equivalent to half the world’s population. We hear again Jesus forcing us to choose between Caesar and God in the ordering of our money. We cannot affirm the accumulation of wealth as an end to be desired, we must desire an ‘Economy of Life’ that desires life in all its fullness for all God’s creation.”

Watch this space for further information and how you and your church can get involved. The CWM project team are planning to meet the Church Support Team later in the summer to help this work to develop and tackle these crucial issues which affect our churches and communities.

If you would like to find out more about this work, please contact Yvonne Campbell  or Sara Iles.