Church should invest in alternative economics

By Press Office
September 17, 2009

Responding to recent remarks by Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia commented:

"Dr Williams' call for economics to be re-rooted in personal, social and ecological commitments, and his reminder that the self-garnering mentality of the 'casino economy' does not appear to have changed significantly among those with key levers on the system, are welcome. However, faith leaders are also challenged to match their words to the actual behaviour of the institutions they head.

"The Church of England has substantial assets, and the way these have been utilised and invested has come under intense scrutiny in recent years. In addition to general criticism of predominant economic attitudes and policies, it would be good to hear more from the Church concerning an alternative approach - how to put more of their own resources into human-centred economic activity that actively seeks to redress poverty, inequality and environmental destruction."

Earlier this year the think-tank published a research paper entitled 'Where is the Church of England's heart invested?' -

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