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.


Christ Church Cathedral's Taft Lecture Series will feature This Taft Lecture features award-winning historian and best-selling author Ibram X. Kendi, professor of history and international relations and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Ibram X. Kendi is the National Book Award- winning author of Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. His relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers’ and audiences’ eyes to the reality of racism in America today. Kendi’s lectures are sharp, informative, and hopeful, serving as a strong platform for any institution’s discussions on racial discrimination.

Join us Monday, April 8th, 2019, at 7:00pm. The Taft Lecture Series will be hosted at Christ Church Cathedral.

August 10, 2017 "Getting Right with Money and The Jubilee Economy"

Join us in August as we continue our Jubilee conversation about "Getting Right with The Consumer Economy," with the Economics of Compassion Initiative on August 10, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm featuring Senior Pastor of the Truth & Destiny Covenant Ministries Fellowship United Church of Christ. The event will be hosted at First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219. Please register at the following link;
Author and Community Advocate, Peter Block, will be facilitating the conversation. 

What is Jubilee? A compassionate or Jubilee economy begins with the idea of debt forgiveness and then goes deeper to welcome all in from exile. We have a choice to shift our thinking and construct an economy that is co-operative, communal and generous. Dr. Claver Pashi and Money Coach, Liz Kitchell, will also be joining us in our conversation.

June 15, 2017 "Jubilee Economy in Action" w/ Adam Clark

The conversation continues with the Economics of Compassion Initiative hosting another Community Forum and Conversation, “Jubilee Economy in Action”, on June 15, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm featuring Associate Professor of Theology at Xavier University, Adam Clark. The event will be hosted at First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219. Please register at the following link;

May 11, 2017 Jubilee Forum w/ Miriam Terlinchamp

Usury is the illegal or practice of lending money at unreasonably high rates of interest. The clergy condemned usury only when lending money to people in need. Join us for our free Community Forum and Conversation, “Usury and the Consumer Economy”, on May 11, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm with Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp to speak. The event will be at First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219. Please register at the following link;

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

Neighborhood Grow: A Crowdsourcing Platform to Build Communities. Click above photo 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.