The third public webinar for GEM School 2020 will focus on debt cancellation and reparations as tools for promoting justice, sustainability and life-affirming economies. The webinar will be held on 2 October, Friday, 14:00-15:30 (CEST).

The COVID-19 pandemic is aggravating the debt crisis, deepening socio-economic inequality. At the same time, the world continues to grapple with intertwined challenges of climate change and deep-seated-racism.

The webinar aims to address the following questions: What do our faith perspectives have to say on the issue of debt and how it is affecting the lives of millions of people around the world? How can finance and financial structures be made to align with our faith-rooted values? Can debt cancellation and reparations serve as important tools for promoting justice, sustainability and life-affirming economies?

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About the panellists

Yusuf JHA is the author of the book, The Way of Return: Responding to Economic and Environmental Injustice Through the Wisdom Teachings of Islam.  Yusuf is a trainee Mufti and translator at the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (AWQAF, Abu Dhabi). He worked for over a decade in the Islamic finance industry and has published numerous papers on the topic of Islamic Finance, Sacred Economics, the Islamic conception of Selfhood and its role in enabling life-affirming communities.

David KRANTZ is a co-founder, president and chairperson of Aytzim: Ecological Judaism. He is also a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow and a Wrigley Fellow researching solar-energy policy and faith-based environmentalism at the Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability. David serves on the board of directors of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate and on the founding team of the Interfaith Oceans.

Lapapan (Anne) SUPAMANTA is a human rights and environmental defender. Anne works with the Assembly of the Poor, a Thai movement of rural and urban grassroot groups organizing to collectively defend and promote the rights of the socio-economically marginalized. Previously, she served as executive director of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists.

Rev Dr Karen Georgia THOMPSON is the Associate General Minister and Co-Executive for Global Ministries at the United Church of Christ (UCC) in the United States and leads the joint UCC and United Church of Canada committee working on the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). She earned her doctorate in ministry at Seattle University and studied public administration and policy at North Carolina and Duke Universities. Her book of poetry, Drums in Our Veins, will be published soon.