Credit crunch

Whilst there has been a great deal of public debate about the global and corporate consequences of the economic downturn caused by the credit crunch, its long-term effects will most keenly be felt not in headlines and soundbites but in the communities our parishes serve. The Church and Society Council has taken the view that whilst the Church needs to engage in that public debate, resources and support are also greatly needed in parishes and other local ministries, such as chaplaincies, as that is where the community of the faithful that is the Church is most authentically manifested.

Holding out the Word of life

'Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may....shine like stars in the universe, as you hold out the word of life'. Philippians 2:14-16.

Dr Murdo Macdonald, Policy Officer, Science Religion and Technology, has written an introductory article.

Video clips

Watch video clips of our annual conference and lecture with an economic theme on our You Tube Channel. Speakers are Ann Pettifor and Alan McFarlane. Visit Church and Society You Tube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ChurchandSociety#p/u

Justice and markets report to the General Assembly

This report by the Church and Sociey Council to the 2009 General Assembly considers ideas and opportunities, set in a theological framework, as to how congregations respond to those suffering as a consequence of the global financial crisis. It also asks is it possible to formulate a personal Christian ethic of economics.

Practical lifestyle ideas

Discussion and action

Advice and support

Money Course

A group from Fullarton Parish Church in Irvine have trained as Money Coaches to run the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Money Course. This is a simple, back to basics approach to money management. The money coaches' role is to encourage people to be faithful in controlling their money, free themselves of debt and save for the future. They are not financial advisers. For those with serious debt problems CAP can provide professional debt counselling. If any church is interested in running the course please contact Collette Haig at collettehaig@googlemail.com.