Chairman's Half-Year Report: 21st June
Dear Friends in Britain and other countries: This mid
year report does not properly reflect the wealth of work
and endeavour that many of our members and associates have
undertaken since our annual meeting last October. I hope
we can hear of other contributions to monetary and social
justice at our AGM.
To start with the future
. . .
1. Frank McManus will be leading an Any Questions discussion
forum at the Manchester Cathedral Centre on Tuesday 4
October 2005 at 7-30 pm relating to the question of
usury. Speakers will include Kenneth Leech and Kevin Donnelly.
The Centre is a separate building opposite the cathedral
south porch. All most welcome .
2. Our next annual meeting will take place on Saturday
29th October 2005 at the same venue as previously -
Christ Church, Blackfriars Road, London SE 1. Notices of
course will be sent out prior to the gathering. The plans
for the meeting to date are that we intend to have a pre
lunch session with an opportunity to hear a recording of
one of the radio interviews I gave in New Zealand as well
as an informal catch up on activities at home and abroad.
A lunch will be provided at a cost of £3 after which
our Muslim brother Tarek El Diwany will lead us to discuss
Interfaith approaches to inclusive structured justice. An
informal discussion on the way forward for CCMJ will take
place just before the formal annual meeting. As mentioned,
all will be confirmed in the AGM notice.
I can report that a committee, directed at the last annual
meeting to review the constitution, has made good progress
and a draft is in the hands of a solicitor for consideration.
She has already suggested amendments.
3. The London Global Open Table continues to meet
every Wednesday,11-1 in Friends House. The Forum for Stable
Currencies will resume meetings in the first week of September:
details will come soon.
To continue with the past
. . .
Rethinking Mission I was pleased to have met a request to
contribute an article for this magazine's winter edition
published by the United Society for the Propagation of the
Gospel, the Methodist Church and the College of the Ascension.
I called my contribution Mission, mammon and money.
May. I met with Alistair McConnachie to encourage
early preparations for the October Bromsgrove 2005 gathering
of interested groups in the hope that it could have more
focus on common ground and inter-related promotion of the
monetary reform issue.
Saturday 11 June: Secretary Colin J Whitmill led
a morning seminar at Petersfield Methodist Church on the
subject of Can monetary justice make poverty history ? Only
eight were present, but conversions were thought to have
been made judging by positive comments, questioning, understanding
and interest in leaflets and books.
On the same day, I was a guest speaker in Manchester at
a Ansar Finance Group dinner with CCMJ associates, Lord
Ahmed and David Pidcock, also speaking. Ken and Dorothy
Palmerton were there in support. There were some 250 present
and the progress of this community financing project was
most encouraging. A ten minute power point presentation
of my ten minute contribution is available and, of course,
open to improvement
June 15 Christians Aware - In response to a request
I addressed 20 people on why the Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment of March 30th adds urgency to our recruiting
more people who understand the fundamental issue CCMJ promotes.
Again a PPT presentation on what I said is available and,
of course, open to improvement. Following on from this, CCMJ
will have a workshop at the Christians Aware annual conference
in January 2006.
July 7 - I am to give the last lecture for the South
London Industrial Mission (SLIM) as, after 60 years of work
in South London, they pass on their experience and resources
into a new London wide project, Mission in London Economy.
(PPT presentation available)
Aug 29th Cheltenham Greenbelt annual festival . CCMJ
has a shared slot for a presentation at this great festival.
Ideas are still evolving, and any one interested who could
help me please contact me please as soon as possible.
Rodney Shakespeare continues to develop significant
approaches to Monetary Justice in extensive dialogue with
Muslim and other academics in a network of some 6 or
7 universities. Let me know if you would like a report in
more detail. Perhaps the major opportunity was a speaking
tour of New Zealand in April as a guest of the Democrats
for social credit. I was accompanied by Colin, our secretary.
To judge the extent of the duties involved I've appended a
copy of my itinerary, a skeleton of the speech which I generally
gave and a copy of the tenets of the Democrats for social
credit to which I refer.
One thing which really impressed me during the tour was
the overwhelmingly kindness, good will and goodness of the
party's members. I have written to those whose hospitality
I experienced and enjoyed, that includes all. I felt at
home and very comfortable. Subsequently, Colin and I submitted
a detailed confidential report to the Executive.
I find that the present state of the World should provoke
incredulity and anger, and hopefully a determination to
do something about the hideous social injustice that blights
our supposedly civilised world. Any frank and lucid account
of the role of big business, rich-country governments and
the IMF in the shameful world debt story drives home what
seems obvious to the impartial observer: that the entire
thrust of global economic policy is geared to guaranteeing
the privileged position of a small minority through the
undermining of the economies of the poor nations. Whether
this process was premeditated is impossible to know, but
if the rich and powerful of the world had set out deliberately
to secure an ever-increasing slice of global wealth for
themselves, they could not have planned and executed a more
Kindest regards to all
TOUR OF REV CANON PETER CHALLEN TO NEW ZEALAND
Peter Challen, Chairman of the British Christian Council
for Monetary Justice, accompanied by Colin Whitmill, arrived
at 4-45 am on Thursday 31 March 2005 at Auckland Airport
where they were met by Neville Aitchison, President of the
Democrats for social credit. Challen's itinerary took him
to the following places:-
Friday 1 April - Morning radio interview with Tim
Lynch on Auckland access radio.
Discussion and lunch with Henry Raynel - Director of social
credit studies in New Zealand
Sunday 3 April - Assisted in the service at Anglican
Cathedral, Hamilton in the morning and spoke to 40 people
at morning tea thereafter.
Monday 4 April - Hamilton Morning radio interview
Living and Loving programme with Robin Jackson Evening
Tuesday 5 April - Hamilton Community radio interview
- Brian Smith Evening public meeting
Wednesday 6 April - Wanganui Discussion with local Anglican
church leaders Interview with Wanganui Chronicle
Evening public meeting
Thursday 7 April - Wanganui Morning radio interview
6-35 am with John Banks on Radio Pacific Paraparaumu Beach
Morning radio interview with Beach Radio FM Wellington
Afternoon radio interview with Maureen Garing broadcast
on the National Programme on 19 June 2005. Paraparaumu
- Evening Meal and interview with Kapiti Observer reporter
Friday 8 April - Paraparaumu Morning interview with
Kapiti News reporter Wellington Lunchtime meeting
with senior citizens at Library Carterton Public
evening meeting at St Mary's Church Hall (not arranged by
Sunday 10 April - Wellington Public evening meeting
at Victoria University
Monday 11 April - Nelson Afternoon public meeting
at Annisbrook Church Hall Live evening television
interview on Mainland Television Hour's discussion
with producer afterwards
Tuesday 12 April - Dunedin Interview with Otago Daily
Times Radio interview Interview with Dunedin
Community Star weekly newspaper
Wednesday 13 April
- Dunedin Radio interview with Syd Adey Wake up and smell
the coffee programme Evening meeting at Dunedin Community
Thursday 14 April - Oamaru Afternoon interview with
Oamaru Mail Public evening meeting at Salvation Army
Friday 15 April - Oamaru Morning assembly talk to
Waitaki Boys High School pupils and staff
Saturday 16 April - Christchurch Public evening meeting
at Knox Church Hall.
Sunday 17 April - Christchurch Coffee and discussion
with Dean of Christchurch Cathedral Afternoon social
occasion with members at St Asaph's Hall Hospital
visit to see indisposed party member Evening house
meeting at Lyttelton (not arranged by party)
Monday 18 April - Auckland Afternoon meeting
Farewelled for London at 9-45 pm.Basis of Speeches
The Rev Canon Peter Challen was often asked during his tour
of New Zealand why he had come. In meetings, housegroups,
and television and radio addresses, he gave the following
reply which formed the basis of talks and discussions.
1. I came because "we are all trapped in an economic
system that is consuming our planet host" (Deidre Kent).
We are in urgent need of an economic system "that works
for everyone and protects the earth" ( Margrit Kennedy)
2. I came because I have profound sympathy in the period
of transition that Democrats for Social Credit are entering,
by returning to an uncompromised representation of social
credit in its contemporary relevance. The Democrats' inclusive
political theology and philosophy matches well that of the
Christian Council for Monetary Justice.
3. I came because I saw in Democrats for Social Credit's
succinct tenets a dynamic set of principles sensitively
interpreting for the world today many insights of ancient
wisdom; of which wisdom all the great faith traditions are
commissioned both to be custodians and to relate and apply
them in contemporary situations in the additional light
of emergent new wisdom.
4. I came because my 45 years in the privileged role of
a servant ministry in the economic reaches of the UK have
made me aware that institutional pressures and conceits
have seduced most faith traditions to complicity with our
arrogant human self-centredness, to the neglect of community
cohesion and protection of the earth.
5. I came in the hope of bolstering your present courage,
and lessening any sense of isolation in the struggle, by
sharing stirring stories from our-UK and wider networks
of the steadily enlarging number of people who understand
that in the roots of all our great and growing dangers and
dilemmas lie three ogres:
|a. a profound mal-distribution of land
assets and resources - being an insult to God and
creation in the gross property accumulation and the
absolute legal rights that protect it,
b. an inordinate power given to Corporations, with
the myopic legal justification for making the rich
richer and of the poor, desperate debt slaves, and
as the greatest diseased root of all,
c. a fraudulent bank money/credit system.
6. I came because, as a jobbing theologian and jobbing
economist, I sensed that you are profoundly committed
to inclusive structural justice, prepared to convert
your vision of participative democracy into practical
steps forward out of the complexity and confusion of
the social, economic and political arena, where, alone,
genuine change will be effected.
7. I came because I affirm the DSC endeavour, founded
in theological and philosophical politics not in adversarial
politics reflecting vested interests... and because
I wish them well from the bottom of my heart, which
they have warmed thoroughly with their welcome
Tenets of the NZ Democrats for Social Credit
1. The economic, political and social system should
be established and built on the foundations of loving
care, truth, justice and honest endeavour.
2. What is physically possible and desirable for the happiness
of humanity can always be financially possible.
3. Systems should be made for people, not people for systems;
any that fail to serve people should be reformed or discarded.4.
The individual is more important than the state. Communism,
fascism, and political authoritarianism in any form should
5. Individual and co-operative enterprise should be the
basis of economic organisation.
6. Where state-owned enterprises are necessary or desirable,
they should conform to the same conditions and rules as
privately-owned concerns.7. The proper purpose of industry
is the production of goods and not the provision of employment.
8. The proper purpose of production is consumption.
9. The opportunity for self-development and the enjoyment
of leisure is the true purpose of labour-saving inventions.
10. The only way our principles can be implemented is by
the reform of the present monetary system, which is the
major cause of war, poverty, inflation and many other social
Be open to the spirit,
exude humble strength,
celebrate life emergent, and
find the promise of journeying