The aim of the Just Finance Foundation is to create a fairer financial system focused on serving the whole community, where everyone has access to responsible credit and savings and other essential financial services. It will develop and implement the Archbishop of Canterbury's continuing vision of creating a fairer and more just financial system.
The Just Finance Foundation has had a huge impact in London and Liverpool. Now, as a part of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Mustard Seed Appeal, we can see some of that impact from Liverpool and get a sense of the kind of work that is already starting to take place in the West Midlands.
Churches and individuals are being asked to get behind the Archbishop of Canterbury's Mustard Seed Appeal by raising vital funds to support the national roll-out of the Just Finance Network. Building on the success of the Church Credit Champions Network pilots in London and Liverpool this will train volunteers to support people struggling with debt, promote budgeting skills, champion credit unions, support community-led finance initiatives and join in with the bigger conversation about just finance.
What does the bible say about money? How does Christian tradition help us think about money and debt?
We invited six theologians to reflect on the themes of money and debt. To unpack some of the biblical teaching, explain the interpretation of this teaching throughout Christian tradition and to suggest how churches and individuals could apply this teaching today.
Over the series of four 10 minute films we find out why the Old Testament Laws gave so much attention to debt and the significance of the concept of 'Jubilee', what the early church taught about usury and how Christian tradition has shaped contemporary views on debt and lending. We'll also be asked to consider our individual attitudes and behaviour around money, and finally look at why churches should be getting involved with issues of money and debt.