Friday, January 30, 2009

"Radical Abundance" & David Korten (late, but check out David Korten's site..he'll be on PBS NOW next Friday and was on DemocracyNow last week...

An opportunity to engage your community in an important national eventWall Street Trinity Church

The historic Trinity Church, founded in 1697 in the heart of what is now Wall Street, will host a national conference of faith leaders January 21-23, 2009, the day after the presidential inauguration and potentially a new beginning for the United States. The topic of the conference “Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability” will address the need and opportunity to advance an economic transformation for justice and sustainability. More than 80 congregations across the United States are expected to participate via webcast and to organize discussion groups based on professionally designed study guides. A subsequent book and DVD will spread the conversation beyond the original participants. Contact: Angelica Roman-Jimenez, or Wall Street Trinity Institute for more information.

The featured speakers are:

  • Majora Carter, famed South Bronx community organizer and co-chair of Green for All,
  • Sister Miriam MacGillis, founder of Genesis Farm and recipient of the 2005 Thomas Berry Award for her ministry on the new cosmology.
  • Timothy J. Gorringe, a leader in environmental theology from the UK.
  • Rev. Nestor Miguez, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, a leader in articulating a Latin American perspective on the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • David Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and board chair of YES! magazine.

David offers this observation:

“Given the timing, reach, and location of this conference, I can scarcely imagine a more favorable opportunity to make a historic contribution to framing a new national conversation on the redesign of an economy that has failed environmentally, socially, and now financially. The conference organizers intend to highlight the relationship between spiritual awakening and economic transformation in the service of justice and sustainability. My presentation will frame the moral choice between money and life and the ways in which Wall Street has reproduced the historic practice of debt bondage on a national and global scale to maintain the structures of domination and expropriation that the world’s great religions have condemned for thousands of years.

"The publication schedule for Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth. Why Wall Street Can't Be Fixed and How to Replace it was time to have the book available in time to launch at this conference.

“Working with the staff of the Trinity Church Institute has been a thrilling experience. They bring an exceptional commitment, spiritual sensibility, and professionalism to the work of making this a significant national event.”

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