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Faith in Finance


Date: Tuesday 5th November, 2013
Time: 18.30 - 20.00 (followed by reception)
Venue: Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral

Wisdom on wealth and prosperity forms a key part of the teachings of faith traditions around the world. Given the recent turmoil within the global financial system, there is a clear and pressing need to re-envisage the role of finance in our lives today in order to maintain a sustainable balance between growth, profit and wellbeing. The wisdom of Christian and Muslim teaching in particular has an important role in this discussion; Islamic Finance and the churches' teaching on Social Justice contain vital lessons about the nature of money and the spiritual guidance they offer about lending are coming into their own.

Organised in partnership with the Christian Muslim Forum this event will bring together leading theologians and practitioners to discuss how faith can enhance our approach to finance, exploring the theological implications and practical outworking of our current relationship to money. How do we begin to change things for the better, and what role can our two faiths play? Have we lost our ability to control the monetary system and its effect on society? Are there limits to the pursuit of profit? How can we ensure that finance is fit to serve the needs and utilities of individuals and businesses whilst working for the best interests of society as a whole?

Bishop Peter Selby - Interim Co-Director, St Paul's Institute
Tarek El Diwany - Senior Partner, Zest Advisory LLP
Faizal Manjoo - Head of Research Islamic Finance and Management, Islamic Foundation
Patricia Alexander - Managing Director, Shared Interest

Chair: Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral.

This event is free but advance registration is required: to register please contact Robert Gordon at or 020 7489 1011.