National evangelical leaders and local experts will discuss what the Bible says about usury — lending money at high rates to vulnerable people — and how this teaching applies today. Learn about the practices of payday lenders across the country and in Colorado specifically.

We will look at how predatory lending relates to the Bible’s larger views on poverty and God’s heart for this issue, then consider how Christians can address the problem. On November 6, Coloradans will have the opportunity to cast a vote on Proposition 111, which would lower the annual interest rate payday lenders are able to charge from 215 percent to 36 percent. A panel discussion will wrestle with historic and contemporary approaches to addressing this issue.


Speakers include Galen Carey, Stephen Reeves and Patty Pell. Learn more!

Galen Carey is vice president of government relations for the National Association of Evangelicals and is responsible for representing the NAE before Congress, the White House and the courts. He works to advance the approach and principles of the NAE document, “For the Health of the Nation.” Before joining the NAE staff, Carey was a longtime employee of World Relief, the relief and development arm of the NAE, serving in Croatia, Mozambique, Kenya, Indonesia and Burundi. Carey is the co-author, with Leith Anderson, of “Faith in the Voting Booth: Practical Wisdom for Voting Well” (Harper Collins Zondervan, 2016). He received an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary.

Stephen Reeves is associate coordinator of partnerships and advocacy for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Reeves provides leadership for the first coordinated public advocacy efforts from the CBF national offices where he works to educate, equip and encourage advocates within the Fellowship. He is a national leader in the effort to reform predatory lending practices including payday and auto title lending and has led CBF to be more active in support of immigration and refugee advocacy. Previously, he served as director of public policy and as legislative counsel for the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission (CLC), and as staff attorney for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C.

Patty Pell is faculty and director of the Justice and Mission Program at Denver Seminary. She received her B.A. from the University of Wyoming and her M.A. in biblical studies – Old Testament from Denver Seminary. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at Trinity College in Bristol, UK. Previous to her role at the seminary, she was pastor of community engagement and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in a variety of roles. Her passion for justice has led to work in the areas of refugee resettlement, immigration reform and economic equity.


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