Bright young professionals from the banking industry have been asked to attend a year-long course run by the Anglican Church, which aims to "reboot" the values of financial services following the global financial crisis.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC on Sunday, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Church said he would be recruiting young bankers on a program of ethics, philosophy and encounters with the poor.
"It will be uncomfortable, demanding, rigorous (and) tiring," he said at a seminar on banking ethics alongside notable faces such as Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the IMF and the Bank of England's Mark Carney.
The year-long course will take place at his home of Lambeth Palace, which is located on the south bank of the River Thames opposite the U.K.'s Houses of Parliament. It will be open to young people between 20 and 35 years of age who will work with churches in London and around the United Kingdom as well as northwest Europe. Welby added that senior business leaders will also be invited on shorter, more intensive courses.