Jubilee Forum w/ Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp: Usury and the Consumer Economy

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

Jubilee Forum featuring The Reverend Troy Jackson

Jubilee Forum: Sanctuary as Jubilee featuring The Reverend Troy Jackson

Cincinnati, OH - The Economics of Compassion Initiative will host a 2nd free Community Forum and Conversation, “Jubilee and the Consumer Economy”, on March 16, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm featuring The Reverend Troy Jackson. Reverend Jackson will give us perspective on wage inequality, moving away from a debt economy and will also discuss the Sanctuary movement in Cincinnati. The event will be held at First Unitarian Church at 536 Linton Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219. The event will also feature speakers from the Jurisdiction Resident Advisory Board (J-Rab) which advocates for social justice representing over 15,000 public housing residents in Cincinnati.

In Cincinnati there is an initiative which seeks a local economy, served and measured by the well-being of all its citizens. One part of this effort is about the Old Testament idea of a Jubilee Year. Every seven years and every seven times seven years the debts are released. In the context of the consumer assumption of nothing is enough and income and purchasing power is the key to well-being, the economic disparity and the burden on our neighbors is not simply a matter of writing checks or creating a new policy and legislation. Nor can financial literacy and economic education break the spell. They all help and are worth doing, but what is required is an act of imagination, to reimagine our local, neighborhood economies and the capacities and financial sobriety of those who reside there.

The Jubilee Forums will engage and explore the landscape of moral confusion and sacred obligation. It is a project of consciousness and commitment. Yet, the journey quickly expands to creating a local coalition in Cincinnati of the faith community, residents and neighborhood leadership, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, independent businesses, and government to support local economic productivity to several vulnerable neighborhoods in Cincinnati. 

Please join us on March 16, 2017, by registering on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/economics-of-compassion-initiative-13116840627

Economics of Compassion Initiative is a Cincinnati-based organization, 501(c3), of thought leaders, pastoral leaders, business professionals, community leaders and advocates working to create and support a resilient economy for all citizens. Our special commitment is to offer people on the margin of the current economic system more control over their lives.

Please contact the Director of Operations for the Economics of Compassion Initiative, Derek Peebles at derek@econofcompassion.org for more information on the event and how to get involved with the Economics of Compassion Initiative.