Praxis Mutual Funds®, a leading faith-based, socially responsible family of mutual funds from Everence® Financial, announced that a chapter written by Mark Regier, Vice President of Stewardship Investing, is included in the book Faithful Investing: The Power of Decisive Action and Incremental Change. Published by Church Publishing Inc. and edited by James W. Murphy, the book was released in January 2020.
The book addresses how congregations and religious institutions can invest in their future and grow their endowed and invested funds, while also focusing on their values. Featuring voices from multiple Christian denominations, it helps religious leaders better understand the many challenges and opportunities involved in making their investment choices reflect their faith-in-action.
Regier’s chapter is titled Creating Positive Change: Impact Investing, Community Development, and the Rethinking of Returns and discusses the potential for significant, real-world impact when one places the needs of vulnerable communities and environments at the forefront of the investment process. He explores the biblical foundations for change-oriented investing as well as the unexpected inspiration provided by the Scriptures of the Greatest Commandment, the story of the Good Samaritan and Micah’s reflections on what the Lord requires, among others.
“Socially and economically targeted investments today present a wide range of opportunities to bring a local lens to the process of Kingdom transformation,” Regier states. “This chapter offers a guide, along with a host of resources, to help investors make choices that are best for their situation.”
“We are proud of Mark’s work in contributing to this unique and important book,” said Chad Horning, CFA®, President of Praxis Mutual Funds. “The chapter answers important questions about how investors can go beyond just doing good and how investing itself can become a channel for God’s grace, love and vision for all in Creation.”
Regier is Vice President of Stewardship Investing for Praxis Mutual Funds and Everence Financial, a leading provider of faith-based ﬁnancial products in the United States and a ministry of Mennonite Church USA. Mark has been involved in the ﬁeld of ethical and socially responsible investing at Everence for more than 20 years. He oversees the company’s work in socially responsible investing and impact investing. With more than 25 years of service to the church and a background in ethics and theological studies, Regier is often a resource for national and international organizations and media on faith-based and community investing challenges.