The Concord Trust: Consecration of Our "Life Blood," Common Wealth

Spiritually Responsible Investing*

“America, America, may God thy gold refine,

Till all success be nobleness and every gain divine.”

The oft-forgotten verse of our national song, America the Beautiful.

By Stuart-Sinclair Weeks, Founder, The Center for American Studies, Concord, MA

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[* Note: the word “investing” here is used in both the conventional sense, with the expectation of a financial return, as well as in the broader philanthropic sense: investing in our fellow human beings via donations or loans.]

Definition of Terms, from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 1969:

• Spirit: That which is traditionally believed to be the vitalizing principle or animating force within living beings.

• Soul: The animating and vital principle in man credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and conceived as forming an immaterial entity distinguished from, but temporarily co-existent with, his body.

• Invest: Late 14c., “to clothe in the official robes of an office,” from L. investire “to clothe in, cover, surround,” from in “in, into” < 2> + vestire “to dress, clothe” . The meaning “use money to produce profit” first arose in 1610 in connection with the East Indies trade, and is probably a borrowing of It. investire (13c.) from the same Latin root, via the notion of giving one’s capital a new form.

The Concord Trust is an initiative of the Center for American Studies at Concord (Concordium). As such, it has two essential purposes:

1) To, in the Concord spirit, introduce a new way of thinking about money, our fortunes. Spiritually Responsible Investing would offer a higher – or what we refer to as a more spirited/spiritual – understanding of money, its essential nature.

2) To facilitate vital and productive partnerships.

The partnerships are between individuals with spiritual capital and capacities (the Ben Franklins of our day and age), that is men and women, who, as we speak, have solutions they have developed to the most pressing problems of our day and age, and those who have been fortunate enough to be blessed with financial capital, fortunes, which they feel called to place, similarly, in service to humanity. In the Concord Spirit, one can speak of such partnerships, rightly understood, as “destined.”

Simply expressed, these are the two fundamental purposes of the Concord Trust. Nothing more; nothing less.

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Spiritually Responsible Investing

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Executive Summary

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A Thought Exercise

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An Interview