Cambridge Seminar: Capitalism for the Kingdom



Are you worried that the state’s response to the credit crunch hasn’t yet led to real reform? Do you feel the church could be doing more to lead this conversation? Do you wish you knew enough to find your own voice in this debate?

Capitalism's Toxic Assumptions
Cambridge Ridley Hall Seminar Dr Eve Poole

A theologian who teaches in a business school, Eve Poole is on a mission to re-boot capitalism by taking it back to first principles.

Her book “Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions” was published by Bloomsbury in March. Endorsed by the Chief Economist Andy Haldane and Res Publica’s Phillip Blond, it is the fruits of a doctorate in theology and capitalism supervised by Faith in Business’ Director, Richard Higginson.

The book starts from the premise that market capitalism depends on seven big ideas: competition, the ‘invisible hand’, utility, agency theory, pricing, shareholder value, and limited liability. These assumptions served capitalism well in the past, but over the years they have become toxic, and are slowly killing the system as a whole. Government efforts at reform seem to have stalled. But quiet action by consumers, investors, employees and employers can make the big changes we urgently need, by shifting behaviours and adjusting the way financial ‘votes’ are cast in the market. And the Christian community is perfectly placed to lead this revolution.

Eve will be joined by 3 learned interlocutors:

• Sir Roger Gifford, Country Head of Nordic bank SEB (past Lord Mayor of London)

• Dr Esther Reed, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics,University of Exeter, and Director, Network for Religion in Public Life

• Dr Michael Hodson, industrial economist and lecturer in social enterprise.

After summarizing her book, Eve will engage with each in turn to draw out particular themes, with plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Join us in Cambridge, make new friends and meet old ones, and go away stimulated and ready for action. We’ll send you on your way with a complimentary copy of the book.

COST: £65 per person : includes refreshments buffet lunch & a signed copy of the book.

Book your place today by emailing or HERE


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Event: Escaping Short-Termism: Managing for the Long Term

Tuesday 13th October, 6.30pm
Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral

There has been a consistent degree of attention placed on the need for cultural reform in the financial sector over recent years, and one of the key components of this reform is a shift away from short-term views of value, profit and success.

This seminar, organised as part of an ongoing joint programme on ethical culture between St Paul’s Institute and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, will explore how business models can operate more effectively and overcome the misjudgements often provided by short-term success horizons. Providing case studies of effective practice and the benefits of a long-term view not only to business and shareholders, but wider society as a whole.

Speakers include:

Laura Harrison – Director of People and Strategy, CIPD

Anders Bouvin – UK Chief Executive, Handelsbanken

Jane Fuller – Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation

Chaired by Barbara Ridpath – Director, St Paul’s Institute

This event is free, however places are limited and registration is essential.

The History of Swindon Commercial Chaplaincy

For many years since the coming of the Railway, there has been a long honourable tradition of Industrial Mission being carried out in Swindon. This work has proved invaluable to all who have worked in Swindon both in the past and the present. People have grateful memories of it and still speak of the chaplains who have held related posts over the years. The current core team of chaplains was gathered by Angela eleven years ago when working for ISR (Churches Council for Industry and Social Responsibility). However, when ISR closed at the end of January 2014, we wanted this valuable work to continue.

With the help of a supportive financial person, Swindon Commercial Chaplaincy (SCC) was incorporated as a Community Interest Company on 18 February 2014. Eighteen months later, on the advice of Voluntary Action Swindon, we are looking to convert to a charity. Back to the beginning, we had a launch party at our local Jury’s Inn attended by the Moderator of the Industrial Mission Association, Swindon’s Mayor, and other notable Swindon people. A film of our work was made by Mr Javier Wise. This was shown at the launch party and is now available on our website or YouTube. SCC has gone from strength to strength. We have an active management committee and some administrators who help with our ‘Friends of SCC’ fundraising scheme and social media. The chaplaincy service is given free of charge. The number of chaplains currently serving fluctuates due to changes in the chaplains’ lives, but seems to remain at about fifteen to seventeen. The chaplains visit their allotted area week by week, befriending the staff. There have been many stories over the years of how the chaplaincy has helped people. We have shared in the following in peoples’ lives: bereavement, of relatives and work colleagues, suicide of loved ones, prison (the chaplain kept writing to the person whilst in prison), debt, serious illness, unwanted pregnancies, wanted pregnancies, the joy of buying their first flat, the list goes on…   When we (Angela and Marion) had the vision for the continuation of the chaplaincy, we really felt that we were taking a leap of faith and wondering where God was going to lead us in this project. There are times when we still wonder, but through this journey God has proved very faithful and just. We have felt the inspiration of God’s blessings in surprising ways on all our activities, not least financially. We continue to venture in faith and trust, which is a very scary place to be. However, perhaps it is a reflection of the work of chaplaincy itself as each chaplain steps into the unknown at every visit they make, yet always they are greeted by the love of God.

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Chaplaincy on a building site

Chaplaincy often comes about through good networking links and developing contacts with local businesses. It was via these type of links that Swindon had for some time a chaplaincy presence on one of the new building sites that were springing up in the area. Over the period, the chaplain built up good relationships with both the developers and workers alike, to the point of a real recognition of its value. The chaplain was seen as a trusted friend to all.

Many amusing incidents and conversations occurred over the time, and other times not so amusing but of very real life issues that affect all of us. There was one which was especially memorable. The chaplain was followed by a dumper truck for some 200 yards until the driver finally plucked up the cour-age to stop alongside the chaplain. What the driver asked for was prayer for his brother who was dying in the local hospice. It later transpired that the driver did not expect the chaplain to pray for his brother there and then, but was so grateful that they did. Though his brother died that evening, the prayer gave the family so much peace. The holy place that the driver thought was only in a church was found for him there on the building site.

Alongside the personal events through the chaplain’s connection, opportuni-ties were made possible far beyond the life of the building site itself. The local churches had a vision for a church presence in the way of a Portacabin to be placed on the site from the moment the people took up residence in the houses. Nevertheless, they were making no progress with this venture with anyone who could give permission or land. This changed dramatically

however, when the chaplain’s hard worked connections came into play. Through being in the right place at the right time and knowing the right

people, the chaplain asked the right questions in the most influential places. Through prescient work and having a good reputation, the vision of the churches was possible. Very quickly negotiations took place and the

Portacabin, with a minister, was located on the site.

Things to think about with social media

Think of your website like your shopfront, as many people check every organisation out by it, think of the other social media as the shopkeeper coming out of the store to welcome people in.

It’s a journey, you don’t need to rush into it straight away, think about what you want to achieve, have a plan of a little once a week and keep accountable to someone.

Make sure you put your website on any printed material you have and have your facebook, twitter and linkedin linked on there.

Think about your audience, it may be other chapalins, businesses, those wanting to become chaplains, churches and other partner organisations. Many will never have heard about chaplaincy or have the wrong idea make it clear.

Make it clear the benefits to individuals, businesses and other organisation such as Business Improvement District (stories are great for these)

Make sure you have permission from the person if you mention them in a story and if they would rather not you can anonymise and you don’t have to mention location or business.

Leverage wherever you can, there are some great articles, pictures and videos online that you can put on your website, some like newsites usually say you can share, if unsure get an email that says they don’t mind you having it on your website. Often if they aren’t happy with that they will often let you link to theirs.

Only put things you would say on the street on social media, as being really controversial can go viral very quickly.

Think who within your team enjoys social media and can help, if there isn’t anyone see who in your wider church and community

Make sure all your team like your facebook page, connect with you on linkedin and follow you on twitter. Why not share what each other is up to.

If you are doing a drop in a certain place, put it on social media

Don’t forget to use hashtags # to say the subject of what you are up to e.g. #chaplaincy #swindon #jobclub that way people searching for these will find you

Also in certain areas there are business hours such as Croydon where everyone tweets at a certain time e.g. Tuesday 2-3 and may never have heard about chaplaincy

Keep details safe of who is hosting your website and the passwords to get access to change it

We are developing some more resources to help you on the IMA website, so keep visiting it and let us know what you would like from it.

Have you got a newsletter, if so why not email it to those you have an email for and encourage them to share it with their friends.

Make sure your website is up to date especially with contact details

Ideas for social media: quotes, pictures, stories, videos, blog, links, how to become a chaplain, what to do if you would like to become a chaplain, supporters/friends of page.

Also follow people on social media sites and see what they have done!

You can save time using to post to 3 social media accounts at the same time and schedule posts

You can also save time using to hold all your email addresses.

If you need a website, try it’s one of the simplest to use

Let us know any stories, events, vacancies you would like us to share on the IMA website.

My introduction to chaplaincy


It’s interesting looking back when I first encountered a chaplain. I was an intern at an investment bank in London and googled chaplaincy Canary Wharf and up popped a website with Fiona Stewart-Darling’s email address. I emailed her asking if we could meet up for a coffee. She accepted and I still remember in that meeting she was really encouraging and explained a little bit of the support she offered those in the Wharf.

Since then I have met many other chaplains whether that be in an airport or a hospice, a hospital and those who work with the emergency services. All in it for the same purpose which my friend Dave Food sums up very well:

“Chaplains are there to support and serve the community of people they are tasked to care for.  Whether people of Christian faith, another faith or no faith at all chaplains linger with purpose and loiter with intent to share a story, show a  listening ear, support an individual with care and love and bring a fresh perspective to life’s challenges. Often with an opportunity to pray or share a story or sometimes share some wisdom.”

I really admire these men and women of faith who serve in these places and know what a valuable contribution they make to so many people in different places throughout the UK and the World.


Small Businesses and Chaplaincy – IMAgenda Summer 2015

IMAgenda Summer 15 Final_Page_01IMAgenda Summer Magazine includes:

Focus on Small Businesses and Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy and Self-Employed Workers

The place of ‘Evangelism’ in ‘Chaplaincy’

Update on Chaplaincy Training Programmes offered by the Methodist Church

Reports from Kent Workplace Mission; Conference of Association of Town and City Centre Chaplaincy

IMAgenda Summer 15 Final_Page_16

All members receive a copy of IMAgenda. If you are not a member, copies are available for £5 – Contact Us.