Economy

One of the capacities essential to strong, sustainable religious leadership is wisdom around money. By money, we mean how you budget, how you give, how you fundraise, how consume as well as how you teach and preach about the way our nation deals as a financial powerbroker.

Auburn has a handful of programs that span the range of money matters about which religious leader must be wise from poverty to corporate ethics to church governance:

  • The Corporate Ethics Roundtable: Every 6-8 weeks, Auburn convenes some of the top corporate and religious leaders to discuss the ethical dimensions of the most pressing challenges for corporate leadership today:  decision-making, governance, compensation, and social responsibility.   Recent events include conversations on “The Ethics of Corporate Profit” and “Is Good Business Good Business? Corporate Character, Conduct, and the Bottom Line.”
  • Becoming the Promised Land: This two-day conference explored the biblical and theological foundations and contexts for work with and among the prison re-entry population. It considered ways in which the church and church-related institutions, as well as other communities and organizations work with formerly incarcerated women and men to bring about God's healing and wholeness. Keynote speakers included Rita Nakishima Brock, James Forbes, Renita Weems and Donald Shriver.
  • Unwrapping Christmas: Preaching the Christmas Message for Our Times - How does the first century context of the Roman Empire into which Jesus was born inform the message of Christmas? How did the issues of poverty, social injustice and the struggle of the Jewish minority against Roman domination impact the early development of the faith? How might these historical realities inform contemporary Christian witness? Led by Richard Horsely, author of Christmas Unwrapped: Consumerism, Christ and Culture, the Rev. Barbara Lundblad, Associate Professor of Preaching at Union Seminary and members of the UTS Poverty Initiative.

The three links that will change the way you live and lead in regard to the economy:

  • • When your congregants seek vocational or ethical guidance in the workplace, the Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative offers tools for you to help guide them.
  • When you need to speak on poverty from the pulpit or to the press, the National Poverty Center gives you the facts you need to inspire action in your community and sound informed.
  • • If you want to go deeper in your anti-poverty justice work, the Poverty Initiative in collaboration with Union Theological Seminary offers courses for religious leaders.