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Faith leaders call for a new Jubilee campaign

25 January 2013

CHRISTIAN AID

Round a table: a screenshot from the film More than Food, released by the  Christian Aid Collective, a group of young activists. The film is being shown at venues around the country through January and February, to encourage Christians to share meals and discuss how they can help to tackle global poverty  www.christianaidcollective.org

Round a table: a screenshot from the film More than Food, released by the  Christian Aid Collective, a group of young activists. The film is being shown at venues around the country through January and February, to encourage Christians to share meals and discuss how they can help to tackle global poverty  www.christianaidcollective.org

THIRTY-SEVEN bishops have signed a letter to the Prime Minister calling for a "renewed Jubilee" which puts "finance back in its place".

The letter, which is signed by more than 300 faith leaders, will be handed to Mr Cameron after a reception on 5 February in the Jubilee Room of the Houses of Parliament - the room in which the Jubilee 2000 campaign was launched in October 1997.

The letter says: "A self-serving financial system has brought the global economy to its knees, and we are now seeing the poorest people in our own society and around the world paying the price for this excess.

"That is why we ask people everywhere to join in calling for a renewed Jubilee. Finance must be put back in its place as a means to human well-being. We need far reaching changes in the global economy to build a society based on justice, mutual support and community."

The letter calls for the cancelling of the "unjust debts of the most indebted nations"; the promotion of "just and progressive taxation rather than excessive borrowing"; and the ending of "harmful lending which forces countries into debt".

The signatories include 13 diocesan bishops - among them the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines; the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Michael Langrish; and the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten - and 24 suffragans. 

Other signatories include the Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, the Revd Dr Michael Jagessar; the President-elect of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Revd Ernie Whalley; and the Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Michael King.

The letter can be read here.

www.jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk

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