There are real life impacts for every pound we spend, every investment decision, every loan made by a bank. What we do with money, how wealth is shared, and how money is used by investors, banks and companies, shapes the world we live in.
£8.8 trillion of assets are managed by the UK investment sector1. Many of us may feel quite distant from decisions made by investors. But through our banks, pensions and the investments of institutions like churches, universities and local councils, we are connected to the flows of finance that shape society.
For these reasons, and motivated by our Christian faith, staff and allies from across the movement took part in Good Money Week (2 – 8 October 2023). Coordinated by UKSIF, Good Money Week equips more people to make choices with their pensions, savings and investments that benefit people and planet.
We gathered online and in-person, in conversation, worship and prayer. Here’s a flavour of what’s been going on.
We kicked the week off with an inspiring MoneyTalks session with Shane Claiborne. Shane drew us deeper into an understanding of the biblical vision of the jubilee, with powerful stories of living in community, sharing resources as the early church did.
Friends from Christian Aid and Theos joined us for a Good Money Week webinar looking at a Theology of Investment. An exploration of principles like stewardship, just redistribution and risk, rooted in scripture, led on to practical examples. If you missed the event, watch the recording here.
Sarah Edwards, JustMoney Movement Director, facilitated a workshop at St Paul’s Cathedral exploring Christian perspectives on money. Sarah also spoke at the Christians on the Left church service at the Labour Party Conference.
Good Money Sunday
This year’s Good Money Week also saw the launch of the first Good Money Sunday, hosted by the JustMoney Movement. It’s a time for Christians to consider how we can help shape a fairer, greener world through our financial choices. It was great to see so many of you downloading resources and telling us about your plans to mark Good Money Sunday.
Our Good Money Sunday resource pack is still available to download. It can be used throughout the year for churches wanting to unpack themes of money, faith and justice.
If you engaged with Good Money Week locally, we’d love to hear from you. Feedback on the Good Money Sunday resources would be particularly welcome.
Look out for the date for Good Money Sunday 2024 (coming soon), and get it into your diary. We hope that engagement in Good Money Week and Good Money Sunday will continue to grow. It’s part of our work to build a broader, more diverse movement working towards a fairer, greener financial system.