There are social, cultural and spiritual values at the center of each community that take precedence over market value. These call for restoring the common good.

In response to the wealth inequality in Cincinnati, Economics of Compassion Initiative (ECI) is a step to support a sustainable and resilient economy for all citizens. Our special commitment to offer people who are on the margin of the current economic system more control over their economic lives. ECI works to engage the public–both secular and religious–in conversations around the vision of an economics of compassion, as it continues to promote and support local examples of this new and more just and compassionate way.


March 16, 2017 Jubilee Forum

We have begun the conversation of what a new economic system looks like. We view debt forgiveness as a cry in the wilderness in the Exodus. The modern wilderness being neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. This is a time of interruption of the dominant consumer and debt narrative. A time to implement Isaiah's vision in Luke 4:18 to "proclaim good news to the poor." Join us for our Jubilee Forum on March 16, 2017 at 6:00pm at First Unitarian Church Located at 536 Linton Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219. The event is free and parking will be provided in the lot located adjacent to the building on Linton Street upon arrival. Please register at

2016 Jubilee Forum

There is a national movement towards a new economy. This often speaks of national debt, interest rates, financial crises, and student loans. We want to include debt forgiveness in that conversation. Join us for our Jubilee Forum on December 7, 2016 at 6:00 at the Main Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library, which convenes a wide range of citizens to understand the landscape of credit and debt in our neighborhoods. This year's forum will feature key note speaker Dr. Walter Brueggemann. RSVP for the event here



In the Community

Poverty, Welfare & Religion Symposium

Join Hebrew Union College on December 4, 5, and 6, on the Cincinnati campus for a symposium directed towards understanding and addressing working poverty in the United States. This symposium will bring together academics, clergy, and service providers who will work with participants to create and continue advocacy efforts following the symposium. This event is sponsored by the Dr. Norma K. and Donald J. Stone Fund of the HUC-JIR Center for Ethics and Contemporary Moral Issues and is presented in partnership with Jewish Family Service and the Religious Action Center.

Conference fees are $150 for clergy and academic professionals, $75 for nonprofit professionals, and $25 for students. Click here for more information.

When MoCA Cafe closed, Sandy Vierling took over this Walnut Hills business with no furniture or equipment, and no cash to pay for anything. Now nearly five years later, Sandy's hospitality -- and unflagging work to connect the diverse neighbors who walk to the cafe -- has built a profitable business that has become "the living room" for the neighborhood, providing a hedge against the down-sides of gentrification by deepening the sense of community for long-time neighbors and newcomers alike.  

This video tells the story of how Sandy "restored the commons" in Walnut Hills, an old-time business model that can be as good for business as it is for building community.