You often get more preoccupation with finance in church meetings and more serious attention to God in political meetings, says Simon Barrow. At least in terms of being sanguine about their respective claims. Sometimes.
Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has told the General Synod of the Church of England that the real significance of the world financial crisis and economic downturn is its impact on the poor and vulnerable.
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches says that that the global economic crisis offers an opportunity to create a more just financial system, backing calls from other churches at the World Social Forum.
Viable alternatives to the international financial architecture responsible for the current global crises will be topics explored by members of a World Council of Churches delegation at the World Social Forum.
The Bank of England reports that members of the public now owe £1.457 trillion, £1.219 trillion of which is secured on dwellings, the value of which continues to diminish, says Giles Fraser. So is more shopping the answer?