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Facilitating Important Conversations Around the Church

Perspective

Spring 2018

Facilitating Important Conversations Around the Church

This past year, in observance of our Centennial, we launched Insights & Ideas: Centennial Conversations, a series of discussions on issues of importance to the Church and the Church Pension Group (CPG). The events, which took place in New York City, Minneapolis, Houston, and San Francisco, included candid conversations relating to the demographics of a changing Church and socially responsible investing (SRI). The events were open to everyone, and we were fortunate to bring together third-party experts, clergy, lay employees, lay leaders, The Church Pension Fund (CPF) board members, and CPG officers to share information, insights, and ideas.

We are very thankful to those of you who were able to attend. For those of you who were unable to join us, you can view a highlights video at www.cpg.org/Insights&Ideas. We are also developing a series of videos that will offer a closer look at the conversations that took place, as well as some of the questions that were asked by those in attendance.

Our demographics panelists, including those below, discussed a wide range of topics, such as deployment trends, compensation patterns, growth in the diaconate, and more general patterns regarding religion and spirituality:

  • The Rev. Thomas James Brown, CPF Board member and Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany (Massachusetts)
  • Dr. Mark Chaves, Professor of Sociology, Religious Studies, and Divinity at Duke University
  • The Rev. Dr. Don Compier, Dean of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry
  • The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel III, CPF Board member and Acting/Interim Dean at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York
  • The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas
  • Dr. Arthur Farnsley II, Clinical Research Professor and Associate Director, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Dr. Kenneth Inskeep, Director for Research and Evaluation, Office of the Presiding Bishop, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Ryan Kusumoto, CPF Board member and President and CEO of Parents and Children Together
  • The Very Rev. Ian Markham, Ph.D., Dean and President of the Virginia Theological Seminary
  • The Rev. Dr. Paula Nesbitt, Visiting Professor of Sociology of Religion, Graduate Theological Union
  • Dr. Jerry Park, Associate Professor of Sociology and Affiliate Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies on Religion
  • Dr. Matthew Price, Senior Vice President, Research & Data at the Church Pension Group
  • The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior, CPF Board member and Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota
  • The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, Director of RenewalWorks

Our investing for positive impact panelists discussed the trends and benefits of SRI, how social impact investments can drive positive social change while achieving competitive risk-adjusted returns, and the increased interest in these types of investments. The equally distinguished individuals who served on these panels included these:

  • Daryl J. Carter, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Avanath Capital Management, LLC
  • Dave Chen, Principal and Chairman of Equilibrium
  • Casey C. Clark, CFA, Director of Sustainable & Impact Investing at Glenmede Trust Company
  • Candice Dial, Investment Associate of CPF
  • Gordon B. Fowler, Jr., CPF Board member and President, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of Glenmede Trust Company
  • Michele Giddens, Co-founder of Bridges Fund Management
  • Meredith Jenkins, Chief Investment Officer of Trinity Church Wall Street
  • Asad Mahmood, CEO and Managing Partner of Social Investment Managers & Advisors
  • The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Mitchell, CPF Board member and Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Advent
  • Solomon Owayda, CPF Board member and Founding Partner of Mozaic Capital
  • David Reiling, Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Banks
  • John Roberts, Vice President, Affordable Housing & FHA Financing of Bellwether Enterprise
  • Christopher Rowe, Vice President of CPF
  • Glenn Shannon, Vice Chairman of Shorenstein
  • Alan Snoddy, CFA, Managing Director of CPF
  • The Rev. Kirsten Snow Spalding, Senior Program Director, California of Ceres
  • June Yearwood, Managing Director of CPF

We learned a great deal through the conversations, and we shared a lot. It is our hope that we brought fresh and actionable perspectives to these topics.

One attendee, the Rev. Gayle Marsh, Priest in Charge of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, commented, “When CPG takes the initiative to come out and explain, for instance, the types of socially responsible investments, it makes me feel good about my Church.” We are proud to support the Church’s values in all the ways we can through our work.