Jubilee Forum w/ Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp: Usury and the Consumer Economy
The Economics of Compassion Initiative will host a free Community Forum and Conversation on "Usury," on May 11, 2017, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm featuring Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp. The event will be at First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219.
Speakers will also include Author & Community Advocate, Peter Block, Dureka Bonds, Reverend Thomas Hargis, and others. The topic of the gathering will focus on "Usury." In centuries past, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all shared an anxious opposition to usury. Sometimes "usury" meant any kind of interest-charging on loans, sometimes just lending under especially unjust terms. But in any case, these traditions regarded finance as an activity of moral concern, one rife with opportunities for the abuse of power and unjust accumulations of wealth.
The ancient Hebrew Jubilee was a periodic Sabbath year in which debts would be cleared away, slaves would be freed, and lands lost in the course of commerce would be returned. Jesus declared a jubilee as he began preaching the forgiveness of sins. But the forgiveness he preached began with repentance. Likewise, any jubilee must start with the recognition that there are wrongs to be righted. Clearing away debts does not make sense if we consider debt an immovable reality, an amoral fact of life. To celebrate a jubilee, we need to recognize the usury in our midst.
Free parking will be located in the lot across from First Unitarian Church at 536 Linton Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219. Refreshments and light food will be provided. We ask that if you plan to attend to register at the following link; http://econofcompassion.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5bc89986c6fc3d7fa3370048c&id=ffd0b3f601&e=3b3fa43ab1