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Archbishop: An ethical economy is built on ethical people If the world wants an ethical economy, it must build ethical people. That was the message from the Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of a three-day conference at Trinity Church on Wall Street recently. Dr Rowan Williams asserted that the question of how to build an ethical economy could not be separated from the question of what kind of people we want to be. “Moving through the question of how we define ‘economy’ and ‘ethical,’ we find that we are actually discussing what we mean by building persons at the end of the day. Which implies that a critique of economics is always also a cultural critique,” said Dr Williams. “What sort of persons are needed to make economies work well and constructively is a question that leads to what sort of persons we think ourselves to be and want to be - and that’s an important warning against simply offloading blame onto the places where it seems to sit most easily.” He said: “The challenge for any believer, in some small measure, can also reflect that selfless outpouring that we may be trustworthy and trust in turn neighbour and stranger.” The conference, hosted by the Trinity Institute, brought together prominent theologians to explore the concept of an ethical economy and the link between theology and finance. Also addressing the conference was Professor Kathryn Tanner of the University of Chicago Divinity School. She said the goals of individuals in a free market system did not have to be selfish or greedy ones. “Self-interested action becomes equivalent to selfishness only if the only thing one cares about is oneself; but human beings typically pursue, often in part for moral reasons, goals that include the wellbeing of others - the wellbeing at least of the family and friends they love-and the market in that case becomes a way of achieving those ends,” she said. Cambridge professor Sir Partha Dasgupta told the Christian that modern day economics had become “strangely detached from the environmental sciences”. Economists, he said, tended to view nature as nothing more than a “backdrop from which resources and services could be drawn 6 OUTFLOW


in isolation”. “In the quantitative models that appear in leading economics journals and textbooks, nature is taken to be a fixed, indestructible factor of production. The problem with the assumption is that it is wrong,” he

Relationship summit encourages single believers to maintain purity A 23-year-old minister and social entrepreneur is calling on other young Christians to maintain their sexual purity. Michael Kosmas wants young Christians to enjoy their lives but also maintain their sexual purity whether they are single or in a relationship. That is the theme of a summit he is hosting in south east London recently. Kosmos, who was ordained in 2006, has vowed to remain celibate in honour of God until he marries and hopes other young Christians will do the same. He said the church had to support young Christians in maintaining their purity. “We live in a sex saturated society and it is so easy for believers to be swept along the tide that says that we need to be in a sexual relationship in order to be fulfilled and to be seen to be with it,” he said. “Single Christians, no matter what their rela-

said. “Nature consists of degradable resources … [which] are capital assets that are self-regenerative, but suffer from depletion or deterioration when they are over-used.” tionship status, need support in this area of their lives.” The summit will feature live performances from leading gospel artists including Rachel Kerr, a panel discussion featuring single Christians Adelaide McKenzie and Seth Pinnock, husband and wife rap duo Femi and Roucheon Iloyi and Pastors Tony and Sheree Clarke. Kosmos said sex and relationships was a major concern among the young Christians he works with. “Young Christians talk with me all the time about this subject, talk about the struggles that they face and the kind of support that they need, which is almost always the chance to share their experiences to someone who will understand them, correct them if need be, but be nonjudgemental in the process.” He continued, “Concerns about this subject are not confined to young people – it impacts all Christians, that’s why I hope this event will attract people of all ages so that we can come together, share and encourage each other to live out our faith in a way that honours God in all areas of our lives.”


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