Forgive Us Our Debts

The Church of England’s Fight Against Payday Lending


Friday, February 15th | 12:30 – 1:30 PM


Golkin Room, Houston Hall 


Lunch will be served.

In 2013, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, declared war on the now-defunct payday lender Wonga, which had found itself in trouble with regulators for unscrupulous practices. The ensuing events raise questions about the interaction of moral and economic laws. Join us as we welcome Paul Lisiak, who will explore the Church of England’s intervention into the world of short-term lending and its quest to provide an alternative.

Paul Lisiak is the Managing Partner and Founder of Metropolitan Partners Group, a direct lender to small and mid-sized businesses. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career at Lazard Asset Management LLC, before serving as Managing Director at Metropolitan Venture Partners and leading strategy at Ledgemont Capital Group.