Freedom, Faith and Flourishing
The Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace is holding a series of events commemorating 500 years of the Reformation on the theme of Freedom, Faith and Flourishing. The next event is on 9th March 2017 at the Citrus Club in Orlando, Florida (USA). Dr Kenneth Barnes, the director of the Mockler Center (see next item below), will give an introductory address. The Special Guest Lecture will be delivered by Transforming Business’ director Dr Peter Heslam, who will reflect on the business implications of the thought of Calvin and Kuyper. Further details are available here.
Theology of Work
At degree level, theology is a broad, multi-disciplinary subject. But it rarely includes a focus on a theology of work. This is not the case at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which recently appointed former business leader and theologian
Dr Kenneth Barnes as its Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics. He has invited Dr Peter Heslam, his former colleague at the University of Oxford, to deliver a lecture on this topic at this seminary (located in Boston, USA) in the Spring of 2017. The details are awaiting finalization but if you are interested in attending this event, please contact Peter
(see our 'Contact' page).
Joy and Prosperity
The impression contemporary marketing can make is that human happiness relies on consumption. Some forms of prosperity theology carry a similar message. At the other extreme lie anti-materialist attitudes that dissociate joy altogether from goods and services. With support from the John Templeton Foundation, the University of St Andrews is holding a workshop on 10-11 May 2017 that will explore the complex relationship between joy and prosperity that involves experts from a variety of disciples. Details here.
The Symposium on Enterprise, Ethics and Development (SEED) held a major launch conference in Oxford in 2014 on Business for the Common Good. This year it is holding a half-day symposium in Cambridge on 7th July 2017, entitled 'Liberating Entrepreneurship'. Leaders and opinion formers in business, ethics and development often move in their own circles. In founding SEED, Transforming Business seeks to bring representatives from these three constituencies together for practical impact. Our partner organizations for SEED 2017 are Five Talents and SALT (The Christian Aid Business Network). Both these organizations are committed to socio-economic transformation through entrepreneurial business. Lord Rowan Williams, the Master of Magdelene College and former Archbishop of Canterbury, will be in the chair. Details are being finalized but expressions of interest can be sent to Peter Heslam (contact details on our Contact page).
Faith in Business
Transforming Business has a long-standing collaborative relationship with Faith in Business, a project based at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. Every spring, Faith in Business holds a conference for business leaders, in which Transforming Business has often had significant input. For details, click here. The project co-produces a quarterly journal called Faith in Business, which carries many articles by Transforming Business' director Peter Heslam.
Business Fights Poverty
Transforming Business is a knowledge partner and founding member of Business Fights Poverty, a rapidly growing network of organizations and individuals that are committed to entrepreneurial solutions to poverty. Together with a number of other partners, including the UK government's Department for International Development, Business Fights Poverty holds events around the world - details here.
Transformational Business Network
The Transformational Business Network (TBN) is a network of business leaders, organizations and companies committed to business solutions to poverty. It supports commercially sustainable small-medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries that create jobs, empower the poor and transform communities. Transforming Business has been actively involved in TBN since its inception and information about its activities can be found here.
Ely Cathedral Business Group
Transforming Business is a founding member of the Ely Cathedral Business Group (ECBG). This is a forum for business leaders in and around Ely, a cathedral town a few miles north of Cambridge, UK. The ECBG held its first 'Celebration of Business' event at Ely Cathedral from 25-31 May 2012, which was a great success. The group offers mentoring opportunities for start-up entrepreneurs from experienced business leaders who volunteer their time. Further details are available here.
One of the world's leading CEO networks is C12, which aims 'to build great business for a greater purpose'. The network, based in the USA but spreading further afield, has developed a close research partnership with Transforming Business.
St Paul's Institute
Located within the City of London, St Paul's Institute seeks to foster an informed Christian response to ethical and spiritual issues surrounding financial integrity, economic theory, and the meaning of the common good. In seeking to engage with finance and economics, the Institute seeks to recapture the Cathedral's ancient role as a centre for public debate and to bring the distinctive wisdom of the Christian tradition to bear on the way money works in contemporary society. Click here to find out more.
Transforming Business has close links to, and has organized joint events with, the Spiritual Capital Initiative at Yale University's Center for Faith and Culture.
Transforming Business has long enjoyed informal links with the Princeton Faith & Work Initiative at Princeton University.
The London-based Christian Association of Business Executives (CABE) is dedicated to bringing Christian values and moral principles to the world of business, particularly at executive level. For details of CABE's forthcoming events, click here.
For details of past events, click here.