Matters in the Air: 7th June 2017

These notes, compiled by Rev Canon Peter Challen, are posted at, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table. A core meeting continues on Wednesdays from 12noon to 2 pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ – now hosted by the Open Research Group. Meetings are open to all on a drop-in basis. This weekly forum is a persistent focal point for many who cannot often get to London but are encouraged in bold initiatives by association and collaboration. We all continue to foster the public sense of the search for inclusive justice. We are trying to sense the richness of our networking without overburdening with detail. We collaborate in order that action may flow BOTH in specified targeted initiatives AND in acknowledgement of our shared commitment to ending exploitation – usury – now exponentially rampant!

Notes of ORG meeting on 31st May 2017: OpenResearchGroup-170531
Notes of ORG meeting on 7th May 2017: OpenResearchGroup-170607

Forthcoming Events:


Religious scholars from all schools of thought on Saturday issued a fatwa (religious decree) that declared suicide attacks, armed insurgency against a state and use of force in the name of imposing Shariah as ‘Haram’ or forbidden in Islam. The fatwa carrying signatures of 31 noted scholars was released at a seminar “’Reconstruction of Pakistani society in the light of ‘Mithaq-e-Madina’ (Charter of Madina) and announcement of ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ (Message of Pakistan). The event was organised by the Islamic Research Institute of the International Islamic University Islamabad.

St. Gregory the Great on Justice (6th Century)  with a thought related to what we vote for…..“When we administer any necessities to the poor, we give them their own; we do not bestow our goods upon them. We do not fulfil the works of mercy; we discharge the debt of justice . . . what is given to us by a common God is only rightly used when those who have received it use it in common.”

POSITIVE MONEY: Main differences between the current dysfunctional debt-based monetary system and what we propose: also  #sovereignmoney.

CCMJ – is gatherng in responses to the  2017 Annual Appraisal: this is a collaborative process:
see One very bold statement reminds us that …..”Usury is a word you don’t hear every day. You don’t hear it on the radio or television talk shows. You don’t hear it in political speeches or in the news. You do hear in all of those places how bad the economy is, and you do hear about all kinds of reasons for why things are so bad and about ways to fix it. But the real reason things are so bad is because of usury. And the reason things aren’t getting any better is because no one is talking about what’s really wrong. …… What we accept today as interest once was called usury, and that through most of history most everyone was against it. He explains in easy to understand terms how the Bible condemned usury thousands of years ago, and how the Church followed the Bible on this point until our Modern era. Mooney ends on a stirring note: Will you be part of the problem, or part of the solution?

ICUK: recognises the necessity of dealing with BOTH the need for many urgent palliatives within a dying system AND a systemic curative re-design by the participative representative democratic application of an integrated political-economy. It concentrates on the Meta-Narrative within which the UK could shape all its independent but mutually accountable communities. An update is now evolving online.  Please contact for latest developments.  Curative change to the political-economy like “poetry happens in two stages, like sculpting; first the imagination, then the chisel.” An ICUK forum  meets in central London every Wednesday [except the 2nd Wednesday] between 12 and 2pm for the ICUK forum and would invite you by your direct request for details.

Free Critical Thinking: meetings are now on Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm in a new venue, St John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8TY, opposite Waterloo: • Conscious resistanceThis is worthwhile listening. The Most Dangerous Philosophy: What The Oligarchs Don’t Want You To Know (40 minute video)   It’s important to remember that although we can disengage from the system, the system continues to deny us our birthright – the means to life. Consequently, non-hierarchical, self-organisation must incorporate the three fundamental principles for political economy.  • No ruler, ie. no institutionalised hierarchy • Sharing the value of the commons • Prohibition of usury (interest on money). We can continue to play the ideological game of electing “leaders” but they will never create the conditions for a free and fair society – only we can do that.

LETSlink  envisages national and regional hubs – LETSlink  envisages national and regional hubs – dedicated training work is being done with individual LETS groups.  The main website sets out theory and enables enquirers to connect with local groups:

Further Reports are invited from our associates in the quest for inclusive justice to stir our awareness and effect change through both palliative and curative means.
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PUBLICATIONS & BLOGS – reviews always welcomed:

Kate Raworth: Doughnut Economics – contact is being sought for a dialogue.     Change the goal – develop a new people’s political-economy for both local public policy within the global capacity for fruitful and thriving life.

Richard Murphy : “There is a need for a Macron moment, but he is too much like Blair for comfort. The need is for a politics of care. It’s been absent for too long. I wish I knew where it might come from:  Who from our Global Table network will have a go at drafting a positive response to this challenge?

Pelican web: June 2017 edition:
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Over time our weekly forum has considered important aphorisms that help the development of dialogue that takes us into new understandings of the co-operative task. We revisited those guiding thoughts and now value responses about their use, or about any other enduring wisdom relating to collaboration flow in steadily. From ‘ Spiritual Defiance’ by Robin Meyers, “Resist Ego, Orthodoxy and  Empire.” All of which institutions are prone to foster.

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