On Wednesday 3rd October 2018, the Church of Scotland and partners, Christian Aid Scotland and the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) came together at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church to host this year’s Good Money Week conference.
‘A future worth saving for’ explored ways in which we can link our faith and values to our money. Delegates learned about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how our money can help ensure a more just and sustainable world now and for future generations.
Our Chair, Wendy Lloyd from Christian Aid Scotland introduced the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); looking at these from a theological perspective and considered how our money can be a force for good in the world.
Wendy also introduced the Kirk's animated video about Ethical Finance: You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SQI1VeEgF0
Continuing to look at the SDGs, Keynote speaker Christopher Stockwell, ECCR explained that Stewardship is about the use of resources for today and tomorrow and asked the audience to consider if God will find us faithful and our children and grandchildren feel that we have collectively tried our best to be good stewards?
You can read the ECCR’s paper on intergenerational justice here.
Following the plenary session, delegates were invited to take part in two of the following three workshops:
Triodos Bank, Alan Miller
Transparency and consumer choice: how a little knowledge can help us change the world
Triodos Bank is a global pioneer in sustainable banking, using the power of finance to support projects that benefit people and the planet. It believes that banking can be a powerful force for good: serving individuals and communities as well as building a more sustainable society. This interactive workshop examined how each of us as individuals can use our money positively, on an everyday basis, to help reduce the impact of climate change and have a positive impact on our planet.
Prosper Social Finance, Jack Friend, Iman Mouloudi and Tasha Jayabalan
Challenging Perceptions, Financing Change
Prosper Social Finance is the UK’s first student run socially responsible investment fund founded and run entirely by students at the University of Edinburgh. Delegates heard about their journey so far and about how they educate and empower their students to use money for good.
ABCUL Scotland, Karen Hurst
Credit unions: An ethical option
With the Scottish Government due to launch a campaign in the coming weeks to encourage more people to join a credit union, the workshop looked at what credit unions do, the important role they are playing in financial education for both adults and young people, and also some examples of the work of different credit unions across Scotland.
After the workshops the delegates came together again for a 40 minute Q & A following by lunch and an opportunity to network.
If you are interested in coming along to next year’s Good Money Week event please contact SRTP@churchofscotland.org.uk to be kept informed.
For more useful resource to help you create 'An economy driven by equality' visit the Church of Scotland website