We would like to host a conversation about the role of Christian faith in the wider discussions about the economic system within which we live. This conversation will begin as part of a workshop under the aegis of the World Forum of Theology and Liberation and within the context of the World Social Forum. Hopefully, this conversation will continue beyond the scope of the workshop.
This workshop would be led by a number of Anglicans both clergy and lay who are working towards a faithful way to live out their Christianity within a broken economic system that values financial profit over all other forms of human flourishing. The purpose of this time together is not to receive instruction on a particular topic but rather to allow for an open conversation that is free to go in a variety of directions depending on who the participants are. It will be a time of sharing, and its success will depend on the active participation of everyone present.
That being said, the conversation will not be rudderless but will rather be guided by three short presentations that will lift up three questions for discussion. The first presentation will explore whether our current economic system is so broken that a whole new economic system is required by looking at the intersection of Marxism and Christianity. The second will ask whether it is possible to act ethically in a form of engaged capitalism within our current economic climate. The third will look at the ways that Christianity has supported the inequalities in our economic system and how we can work to mitigate the injustices that have ensued.
The workshop could take up to 2 hours depending on the number of participants and will be in English. We will make an effort to provide informal translation into French.
The organizers for this event are: the Rev Sophie Rolland, the Rev James McDermott, and Ms. Beth Reed all members of the Anglican Diocese of Montreal.
Rev James McDermott,
Ms. Beth Reed,