A different way is possible. Expressions of new economic models are emerging all across our country. But with systems so big and seemingly intractable, it’s hard to know where to begin. How can you be part of the change?
Dispatches from God’s Economy
If we truly listen to the voice of one crying in the wilderness or Mary’s song, there is one truth we cannot escape: The vision of Advent is radical, one with the power to reshape our entire social and economic order.
What does it look like to see our lives as interconnected as they really are? How do we begin to reinvest in the common good? Anne Snyder, Jennifer Bailey, and Peter Block talk about the role of community in building an economy of interdependence and mutuality.
As we seek to evaluate the effectiveness of economic policies and decisions of our leaders, Regan’s test is a valid one to apply: Are we better off now than we were 18 months ago? If we are using economic indicators to answer this question, for millions of Americans the answer would almost certainly be a resounding, “yes.”
At the Eucharistic table, we are reminded that there is enough. But when we leave that table at this time of year, are we participating in an economy that is interested in making sure there is enough for everyone?
At the intersection of these two issues, race and economics, is the overwhelming racial wealth disparity, a theological issue if ever there was one. I am not without hope that the church still could step up and step into this work.
The economy is us. It is shaped by the personal decisions we make every day and the public policies we enact. This session, featuring UK economist Eve Poole and Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Andre Perry, will pull back the veil on how the economy works and point us toward new models for meeting 21st-century challenges.
In October of 2021 Faith + Finance hosted the first webinar in the four part Building a Loving and Just Economy series. This is a transcript of the full conversation.
If you want to engage with your community’s economy, across race, class, and neighborhood, giving the missing capital to nonprofits will make that engagement easier and more welcome.