Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is experiencing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. As world leaders debate solutions, an interfaith movement is proposing answers from religious teachings and the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. The White House, US Congress, G20, G7, IMF and United Nations are implementing solutions proposed by Jubilee USA Network. Join this hour long discussion on the biblical theme of Jubilee and how this translates to pandemic crisis response, climate change, inequality, poverty and protecting our planet.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
12 – 1 PM, CDT
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Eric LeCompte has led religious groups to win policies that alleviate poverty, address global conflict and promote human rights for more than 25 years. He is the Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network, a development coalition of more than 750 religious groups and organizations, and was a Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute in 2020. He advises the Holy See, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran and United Church of Christ Churches and Muslim and Jewish groups on the economy, climate issues and global pandemic response.
At the onset of the pandemic, LeCompte spoke to a special session of the United Nations on solutions for the health and economic crises spurred by the pandemic. In 2019, he addressed the United Nations General Assembly on needed economic and climate policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, his Congressional testimony on Puerto Rico would become part of the basis for debt crisis legislation that Congress passed. He is a member of expert working groups to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.
LeCompte’s views on religion, politics and economic issues regularly appear in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, McClatchy News Service, Barron’s, National Public Radio, Agence-France Presse, Market Place, CNN Money, the Financial Times and The Hill.